Friday, 1 November 2013

EMU 9820 Series: Commuter Train in the Ancient City

EMU Kintetsu 9820 series approaches Yamato-Saidaiji Station on the Nara Line
I still have some more pictures of my summer trip to Nara Prefecture.

Look at the top photo. It is 9730F (set number 9730) of the EMU Kintetsu 9820 series on the Nara Line. The 9820 series debuted in 2001 to replace the old EMU 8000 series. A total of 10 sets, 60 units, have been manufactured so far. The 9820 series belongs to the group of commuter trains, which is called "SERIES 21". They are new generation trains developed by Kintetsu to meet the needs for transportation in the 21st century. The 9820 series is currently operated on the Kyoto and Nara lines. It is also directly operated into Hanshin Electric Railway to Sannomiya in Kobe City.

The grayish brown and white colored body with a yellow stripe is modern-looking. It is Kintetsu's first color design of commuter trains in 32 years. The 9820 series fits into the scenery of Nara, which is Japan's ancient capital city (see the following picture). The other feature of this train is the windshield on the front. Can you see that it is tinged with a slightly green color? That is for ultraviolet protection to keep drivers healthy. The EMU Kintetsu 9820 series is the modern commuter train in the ancient capital city.

This is the last post on my summer trip to Nara Prefecture this year. It has become 7 posts long. Thanks for reading.

EMU Kintetsu 9820 series and Former Imperial Audience Hall