Monday, 12 March 2018

Special Nostalgic Train on the Ginza Line

Set 39 of the EMU Tokyo Metro 1000 series leaves Omotesando Station on the Ginza Line

As I posted before, the EMU Tokyo Metro 01 series had been retired from the Ginza Line by March 9th, 2017. It means that the EMU 1000 series was the sole model operated on the line. As a rail-fan, I wanted a variation of the trains on the Ginza Line.

I received good news on January 17th, 2017. Tokyo Metro launched a special train, set 39 of the 1000 series, on the Ginza Line, as if they met my expectations. What is the difference between standard sets and set 39 of the 1000 series? Set 39 has more classical bodies and interiors than those of the standard sets. For instance, set 39 has window sills and headers-like body design. It also has a large single front light. There are wood-grain-like interior walls. Interior auxiliary lamps are equipped. The handholds are brass-like. These preferences come from the electric car 1001, which was known as the first Japanese subway train built in 1927. I saw electric car 1001 several times in the Subway Museum. I felt that set 39 and electric car 1001 were very similar.

The Ginza subway is the oldest subway route in Japan. It was partially opened between Ueno and Asakusa (2.2km) in 1927. Then, the entire route, between Shibuya and Asakusa (14.3km), was fully opened in 1934 by Tokyo Subway Company (present Tokyo Metro). The track gauge is 1,435mm and the electric system is 600V DC. The electric collecting system is the third rail without pantographs.

Interior of set 39, EMU Tokyo Metro 1000 series

Official information about the special train of the EMU1000 series (in Japanese):