Monday, August 19, 2013

New Commuter Line in Nagoya City

EMU Nagoya-Rinkai-Kousoku 1000 series approaches Komoto Station on the Aonami Line
 
Nagoya is an expanding city in the central part of Japan. As a territory of the huge Toyota Group, this city has been enjoying prosperity even during the recession period after the "bubble economy burst" in Japan.

The railway network has also been continuously developed in Nagoya. One of the new routes is the Aonami Line in the southern part of the city. The Aonami Line, which connects Nagoya and Kinjo-futo (15.2km), used to be a freight line. Although it was an old feeder line of the Tokaido Main Line, the track then reopened as a contemporary commuter line in 2004. For changing from the freight to the commuter line, the track was upgraded and elevated. As a result, all railroad crossings were abolished. It was good news for car drivers as well. Automatic platform gates to prevent passengers from falling off the platform edge are also equipped in all stations.

Currently, 4-car commuter trains are operated every 10 to 15 minutes on the double track. In addition, freight trains are also operated in between busy commuter train operations. Looking at both commuter and freight trains is a good amusement for rail fans.

For your information, the fleet of the commuter trains on the Aonami Line is the EMU 1000 series manufactured by Nippon Sharyo. Applying induction motors with a variable-frequency drive system, it has a standard specification as a contemporary commuter train. It is unremarkable in looks, but separated passenger seats may be one of the features of this train.

 
Freight train pulled by DD51 passes through Sasashima-Raibu Station on the Aonami Line
 
More information about the EMU Naoya-Rinkai-Kousoku 1000 series (in Japanese):