Sunday, 8 December 2013

4110F: Shibuya Hikarie Train

4110F of the EMU Tokyu 5050-4000 series "Shibuya Hikarie Train"  is seen on the Seibu Line
Nine months have passed since the Tokyu-Toyoko Line was connected with the Tokyo Metro-Fukutoshin Line at Shibuya Terminal on March 16th this year. As a result, direct operations between Toyoko, Tokyo Metro, Tobu and Seibu lines were started. It means that we came to see the Tokyu trains on the Seibu Line.

Look at the top photo. It is 4110F of the Tokyu 5050-4000 series, "Shibuya Hikarie Train" running on the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line. 4110F is a unique poster train to promote Shibuya Hikarie, which is a Tokyu skyscraper and retail complex, which opened in 2012. It is located just above the new Tokyu Shibuya Station. Tokyu expects a new flow of people from Tokyo Metro, Tobu and Seibu lines to the Toyoko Line, where Tokyu have many commercial facilities such as shopping malls, department stores and theaters. Shibuya Hikarie is the Tokyu's flagship commercial facility.

The standard 5050-4000 series train has red and pink colored stripes on its stainless body; meanwhile, 4110F of the 5050-4000 series (Shibuya Hikarie Train) has a gold colored stripe on the body. Gold is the symbol color of Shibuya Hikarie. The 5050-4000 series was first manufactured in 2011. A total of 10 sets, 100 units, have been manufactured so far by Tokyu Sharyo. It is a ten car train (6M4T) with a VVVF (Variable Voltage and Variable Frequency) control system and induction motors.

4110F, Shibuya Hikarie Train is the Tokyu's running billboard.

"Shibuya Hikarie Train" passes through Nishi-Tokorozawa Station on the Seibu Line
More information about Shibuya Hikarie Train (in Japanese):