Monday, July 3, 2017

The Last Steel Body Commuter Train on the Keisei Line

EMU Keisei 3400 series arrives at Yachiyodai Station on the Keisei Main Line

In present-day Japan, most new trains have stainless steel or aluminum bodies. They are resistant to corrosion, meaning that the bodies do not need to be painted, and they have cost merits, as well as a high maintenance efficiency.

The shining stainless steel body is very beautiful in the sunlight. I still remember visiting Eifuku-cho Rail Yard with my grandpa in my childhood and seeing the brand spanking new train, the Keio 3000 series, shining brilliantly in my eyes. That was my first experience to meet with a stainless steel body train. Since then, stainless steel body trains have been my favorite. Having said that, there are too many stainless steel body trains in Tokyo today. They are no longer rare. Rail-fans feelings for trains somchietimes change; they are fickle people, including me, so fully painted steel body trains have now become more cool and nostalgic.

I was recently fascinated or spellbound by the EMU Keisei 3400 series, which is a fully painted steel body train. With its light gray colored body and blue and red stripes, it is beautiful under the sunlight. The 3400 series was launched in 1993 using the demolished traveling apparatus of the Keisei AE series. Its clean and beautiful body hasn't faded despite 24 years having passed by. Its major assignment is to transport commuters from the eastern suburbs to the city center of Tokyo.

The EMU 3400 series, it is the last steel body trains on the Keisei Line.

EMU Keisei 3400 series passes through Senju-ohashi Station on the Keisei Main Line