Saturday, March 7, 2015

EMU E233-2000 Series on the Joban Local Line

EMU JR East E233-2000 series arrives at Shin-Matsudo Station on the Joban Local Line
 
In Japan, there is a common saying that "the lighthouse does not shine on its base". Perhaps, you also have the same kind of proverb in your country meaning that we are apt to overlook important things that lie close at hand.

One such example is the EMU JR East E233-2000 series. I have already introduced many trains in the Tokyo metropolitan area in this blog, but I found that there was no post about this important train, which I often come across on the way to my office. It is proverbial of "the lighthouse does not shine on its base", isn't it?

The E233-2000 series is a commuter train on the JR East Joban Local Line. It is operated between Toride in Ibaraki Prefecture and Ayase in Tokyo Metropolis. All trains are directly operated onto the subway, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, to Yoyogi-Uehara Station. The E233-2000 was launched in 2009 to replace the old 207-900 and the 203 series. A total of 18 sets, 180 units, have been manufactured so far by Tokyu Sharyo. Different from the other E233 series, the E233-2000 doesn't have a skirt squeezing part on its body, because the loading gauge of the Chiyoda Line is narrower than standard railways in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The other specification is basically the same as the standard E233 series, which is operated on the Chuo Rapid Line.

The E233-2000 series... she is a lean-faced beauty on the busy commuter line.
 
EMU JR East E233-2000 series stands at Yoyogi-Uehara Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line