I ran across this photo of an EF81 in Cassiopeia colors pulling a partial Yumekukan Hokutosei set, and additional sleeping (?) cars.
http://tekkenweb.sak.../pg2jref64.html (last image)
Now, I realize that the engine could just be spotting the train at the end of a run, but it would seem more likely for a yard engine to handle that.
However, I feel I've seen quite a few images of what are clearly intended as end cars coupled to the engine, and can't help but feel that there are some passengers who had paid extra for preferred accommodation and aren't getting what they thought they were due. Or, in cases like this, is the car available to all passengers with no guarantee of an unobstructed view? Perhaps the situation I'm thinking of is only restricted to private suites.
I may be misunderstanding this situation, so wondered if someone could explain it to me.
I know that some designer trains have the driver's cabin located on a second floor, so as not to obstruct the view from below, but that isn't always the case. The Twilight Express Mizukaze has open platforms at each end for viewing - although, I strongly suspect they don't allow people to stand at the forward facing end while underway.