Wednesday, 23 May 2018

EMU 7500 Series: Main Force on the Hokuso Line

EMU Hokuso 7500 series arrives at Higashi-Matsudo station

I assumed that I had already introduced all of the railways in the Tokyo metropolitan area in this blog; but, there are still some left. Today, I am going to show you one of those railways.

Hokuso is a local railway company in Chiba Prefecture. It was established in 1972 for the carriage of the Chiba Newtown residents. The route of Hokuso Railway extends to the western part of Chiba Prefecture including Chiba Newtown. Connecting Keisei-Takasago and Imba-Nihonidai stations, its route length is 32.1 km. The track is double and electrified. The gauge size is 1,435 mm. The electric system is 1,500 V overhead. Hokuso trains are directly operated onto the Keisei, Toei-Asakusa and Keikyu lines.

The EMU 7500 series is a main force of the Hokuso Railway. It was launched in 2006 to replace the old model, named the 7000 series. A total of 3 sets, 24 units, were built by Nippon Sharyo and Tokyu Sharyo. As you can see, the 7500 series is a sister train of the Keisei 3000 series. The major difference between the 7500 and the 3000 series is the color of the stripes. The Hokuso 7500 series has blue and light-blue colored stripes; while the Keisei 3000 series has dark-pink and blue-colored stripes on their stainless-steel bodies.

I prefer the Hokuso 7500 series to the Keisei 3000 series, since the color design of the 7500 series is more sophisticated than that of the 3000 series.

Unit 7501 of the EMU Hokuso 7500 series

Official information about the trains on the Hokuso line