Thursday, 19 June 2014

Sayonara, Red Striped Trains

Sotetsu's red striped trains are exhibited in Sagami-Otsuka Station yard
The coloring of trains is an important issue for Japanese railway companies. For instance, all trains on the Keio Line have the same colored stripes. They are red and blue, which stand for Keio's corporate colors. On the other hand, JR East adopts line colors to their commuter trains in Tokyo. For example, all Yamanote Line trains have green-colored stripes, while all Keihin-Tohoku Line trains have blue-colored stripes on their bodies.

In 2007, Sagami Railway (Sotetsu) established new corporate colors, blue and orange, which stand for intellect and energy. Along with the establishment of the new corporate colors, Sotetsu started to change the coloring of their trains from the old red-colored strips to the new blue and orange ones. Seven years later, only a few trains remain with the old coloring. They will disappear soon.

To say sayonara (goodbye) to the old colored trains, Sotetsu held a special event in Sagami-Otsuka Station yard at the end of last week. The remaining precious red-striped trains were exhibited there. They were the EMU 7000, the new 7000, 8000 and 9000 series. It was indeed a precious opportunity to take photographs of a whole formation of old colored trains with red-colored stripes. Needless to say, plenty of rail fans and families joined the event, and I was one of them.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Sotetsu employees who kindly held this precious event for rail fans and families in the hot and humid climate of early summer.

Sotetsu's red striped trains and rail fans in Sagami-Otsuka Station yard