Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Yellow Paradise Train on the Sunzu Line

Set 1301 of the EMU Izu-Hakone Railway 1300 series travels on the Sunzu Line

I visited the Sunzu Line of Izu-Hakone Railway for the first time in four years. The Sunzu Line is a local route operated by Izu-Hakone Railway in Izu Peninsula, which is located about 120 km southwest of Tokyo. What was the news with this local railway?

It was a beautiful and sunny day. The train on the Sunzu Line was also beautiful. I found a unique yellow colored EMU (electrical multiple units) running on the track. It was set 1301 of the 1300 series from Seibu Railway. The 1300 series was originally built by Tokyu Sharyo in 1979, under the name of the EMU Seibu 101 series. Two sets, six units of the 101 series were, then, transferred to the Sunzu Line of Izu-Hakone Railway in 2008 having changed their name to the EMU 1300 series. Among the two sets of the 1300 series, set 1301 recently returned its body color to yellow, which was the original color in the Seibu era. Izu-Hakone Railway calls it the Yellow Paradise Train.

In this season, it stays fine for many days in the Tokyo metropolitan area, as the northern mountains block the wet and cold northwest wind. I could take pictures of the running Yellow Paradise Train backed by snow-capped beautiful Mt. Fuji near Daiba Station. It was the gently curved track and best position for rail photographers. It was a great success and it was worth coming all the way to the Sunzu Line.

Set 1301 of the EMU Izu-Hakone Railway 1300 series travels on the Sunzu Line