Friday, September 19, 2014

The 600 Series for the 600th Post

Set number 606F of the EMU 600 series, "Keikyu Blue Sky Train", stands at Shinagawa Station

Thank you for visiting Tokyo Railway Labyrinth. This is the 600th post in my blog. In the last three and a half years, I have made many friends through this blog. They are mostly rail-fans as well as travelers. I hope that people all over the world will continue to enjoy my blog. In commemoration of the "600th" post, I am going to show the EMU "600" series train.

As you may know, Keikyu is one of the large private railway companies in the Tokyo metropolitan area. They have a total of 87 km line network in the region; however, this company is facing fierce competition from Tokyo Monorail Company on the route between downtown Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport. To survive in this challenging business environment, Keikyu operates the airport access trains from the city center area frequently to attract passengers.

The EMU 600 series is one of the main fleets for the airport access transportation. It was launched in 1994 to replace the old models. A total of 14 sets, 88 units, have been manufactured so far by Tokyu Sharyo and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Most of the 600 series trains have red colored bodies, but there is one exception. It is set number 606F, which has a blue colored body. Keikyu call it the "Keikyu Blue Sky Train". The 606F is often used as a special poster train for an airline company's advertisement.

 

Set number 608F of the EMU Keikyu 600 series (standard color) stands at Shinagawa Station