Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Early Summer on the Tojo Line

EMU Tobu 50000 series travels on the Tojo Line near Takasaka Station
It is early summer in Japan. Sunlight is strong and the maximum daytime temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius. Just before a rainy season, it is a brief window of delightful days.

Last weekend, I visited Saitama Prefecture on account of some business. On my way to the meeting place, I could have a chance to take train pictures on the Tobu-Tojo Line near Takasaka Station. The shooting spot was just before a railroad bridge spanning Tokigawa River. After leaving Takasaka Station, a northbound train goes down the track to this spot. The train, then, goes up again toward the bridge girder. There are a dry river bed and a green forest along the track.

Firstly, the EMU 50000 series appeared. The 50000 series is a 10-car train launched in 2005. It is Tobu's first aluminum body commuter train. A total of 9 sets, 90 units have been manufactured so far by Hitachi. It was difficult to capture a side view of this 200m long train in one image, but I could manage somehow.

Next, the EMU 10030 series came to the spot. The 10030 series is also a 10-car train launched in 1988. A total of 170 units have been manufactured so far by Tokyu Sharyo, Alna Koki and Fuji Heavy industries. The stainless-steel bodies sparkled in the morning sun... very beautiful.

I was completely absorbed in taking photographs for a while. It was time for my appointment. I was almost late.

EMU Tobu 10030 series approaches Tokigawa Railway Bridge on the Tojo Line