Sunday, 24 August 2014

EMU Toei 5300 Series: Train with Fresh White Bodies

EMU Toei 5300 series arrives at Yotsugi Station on the Keisei-Oshiage Line
I assumed that I had already introduced all of the labyrinthine subway routes in Tokyo in my blog. They are the Ginza, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Tozai, Chiyoda, Yurakucho, Hanzomon, NambokuToei-Mita, Toei-Shinjuku and Toei-Ooedo lines; but, there are still some left. Today, I am going to show you the Toei-Asakusa Line.

The Asakusa Line was opened in 1960 as the first Toei (the Tokyo Metropolitan Government owned) subway line. Connecting Oshiage and Nishi-Magome, its operating length is 18.3 km. The whole route is double track and the gauge size is 1,435mm. Its electric system is 1,500V DC overhead.

Trains on the Toei-Asakusa Line are directly operated onto the Keikyu and the Keisei lines. Furthermore, some trains are operated for an extended route onto the Hokuso and the Shibayama railways through the Keisei Line. It means that a large railway network is formed by 5 train operators around the Toei-Asakusa Line.

The EMU 5300 series is the only model owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on the Toei-Asakusa Line. It was launched in 1991 to replace their old model, the 5000 series. The 5300 series is known as the first train with the VVVF (variable frequency drive) control system on the Toei-Asakusa Line.

I like this train as it has an urban style design with a white colored fresh body. It has changed the image of the Toei-Asakusa Line from a meat-and-potato route to one of sophistication.

The EMU 5300 series... it is my cup of tea.
EMU Toei 5300 series arrives at Keisei-Takasago Station on the Keisei Main Line