Sunday, 3 December 2017

Two Kinds of the EMU 209 Series on the Hachiko Line

EMU JR East 209-3000 series travels on the Hachiko Line

I recently found the word "trainspotter" on several websites, but it is not easy for me to use this word exactly, as I am not a native speaker of English. I hope that the following is a trainspotter's favorite thing.

The JR East Hachiko Line penetrates the north-western part of the Tokyo metropolitan area from south to north. The southern section, between Hachioji and Komagawa, is a commuter route, electrified at 1,500 V DC overhead. The EMU JR East 209 series is the main fleet on the southern section. The 209 series train has stainless steel bodies and a white colored frame part on the front, but if you look at it closely, you will find there are two different kinds of the 209 series on the track.

The first group is called the 209-3000 series, and the second group is named the 209-3100 series. The 209-3000 series has square lights and a roll sign on the front. The white colored frame on the front shows a simple square design. This group was introduced as new cars to the Hachiko Line. On the other hand, the 209-3100 series has rounded lights and an LED destination display on the front. The white colored frame on the front shows a slightly complicated hexagonal design. It was originally built for the Tokyo Waterfront Railway (TWR) 70-000 series and transferred to the Hachiko Line in 2005 after modification.

It is fun for me to perceive a fine difference between these trains. Am I a trainspotter?

EMU JR East 209-3100 series (ex-TWR 70-000 series) travels on the Hachiko Line