Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Nip of Fall on the Hachiko Line

EMU JR East 209-3100 series arrives at Kaneko Station on the Hachiko Line

The weather is inclement this autumn in Tokyo. Typhoons come to the Japanese Archipelago one after another. Is it the global warming impact?

It was fine weather in the last weekend after a long spell of rain, so, I visited a suburban area of Tokyo to enjoy a stroll. My destination was Kasumi River in Iruma City, Saitama Prefecture. What I had found there was a nip of fall on the bank of the river. They were colorful blossoms of cosmoses, pink, white and yellow colored, being shaken with the wind in the sunshine.

To get to this beautiful suburban area, I used the JR East Hachiko Line, and got off at Kaneko Station. The Hachiko Line is one of the circular routes surrounding the downtown Tokyo area. Connecting Hachioji and Kuragano, its route length is 92.2 km. The section in the north of Komagawa is un-electrified; therefore, the operation of EMU (electrical multiple unit) is limited only in the southern section between Hachioji and Komagawa.

The EMU 209-3100 series is one of the train fleets on the Hachiko Line. It is a rare model, as their head cars were moved from Tokyo Waterfront Railway (TWR) in 2005. Their former name was the EMU TWR 70-000 series, which was originally built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in 1996. The technical specification is same as that of the JR East 209 series.

I enjoyed a nip of fall and the rare train on the Hachiko Line.

Colorful blossoms of cosmoses are seen along Kasumi River near Kaneko Station