Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Fuji-san Express on the Fujikyu Line

EMU Fujikyu 8000 series, "New Fuji-san Express" stands at Ootsuki Station
 
Fujikyu is going at high speed in the railway business. Following the introduction of a new commuter train (EMU 6000 series), the company launched a new Fuji-san express train, the EMU 8000 series, to replace an old model (EMU 2000 series).

Fujikyu is a local railway company in Yamanashi Prefecture. Connecting Ootsuki and Kawaguchi-ko, there are 16 stations over a total operating length of 23.6 km. The track is single (1,067 mm gauge) and the electric system is 1,500 V DC overhead. Several trains are directly operated onto the JR East Chuo Line through Ootsuki Terminal.

This railway company has been known as the railway to the foot of Japan's highest mountain, Mt. Fuji (3,776 m above the sea level). Mt. Fuji was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. This big news has brought a large benefit to Fujikyu, as many holidaymakers including foreign sightseers are flocking to Mt. Fuji. It is a rare opportunity for Fujikyu to expand its business.

The EMU Fujikyu 8000 series is the ex-Odakyu Romance Car, RSE, which was originally launched in 1991. The most peculiar point was that it had double decker Green Cars (first class) at the center of the 7-car train. Unfortunately, the 8000 series was composed of only three cars without the double deckers, but it still has a remnant of its former beauty in the Odakyu-era.

I wish the 8000 series well for its new life on the Fujikyu Line.

 
Side view of the Fujikyu 8000 series