Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tokyu 1017F: Revival Colored Train

1017F of the EMU Tokyu 1000 series arrives at Unoki Station on the Tamagawa Line

Happy New Year! The year 2017 has begun. At the opening of New Year, I am going to show you the nostalgic revival colored train on the Tokyu Line.

Revival color is the key trend in Japanese railways. Currently, many companies operate revival colored trains with previously used body colors to attract passengers, specifically, old rail-fans. Generally speaking, two kinds of models are selected for revival colored trains. One is an old model, which is returned to its original color design. The other is a relatively new model, which is changed to the company's historical color design, such as the company's initial period. The EMU Odakyu 7000 series and the Fujikyu 1000 series (ex-Keio 5000 series) are the former examples; while, Keio 8013F of the EMU 8000 series and Tokyu 1017F of the EMU 1000 series are listed as the latter examples. Let's look at Tokyu 1017F today.

1017F is a stainless-steel 3-car train built by Tokyu Sharyo in 1991. It is operated on the Ikegami and the Tamagawa lines. The original body of 1017F has an unpainted stainless-steel color (silver color) with red colored stripes. It, then, changed to the two-toned revival color of dark blue and dark yellow in March last year. This two-toned design was taken from the EMU DeHa3450 series, which were operated on the Ikegami and the Mekama (present Tamagawa) lines until 1966. I have a dim memory of the two-toned color of the DeHa3450 series. The "T.K.K. (Tokyo Kyuko Kabushiki-kaisha)" logo on the side body is also nostalgic.

I am going to introduce the revival colored trains, if there are any chances again.

T.K.K. (Tokyo Kyuko Kabushiki-kaisha) logo