Sunday, 1 July 2018

The 1100 Series for the 1100th Post

EMU Kobe Electric Railway 1100 series arrives at Maruyama station

Thank you for visiting Tokyo Railway Labyrinth. This is the 1100th post since April 2011. In the last seven years, I have made many friends through this blog. They are mostly rail-fans and travel enthusiasts. I hope that they will continue to enjoy my blog. In commemoration of the "1100th" post, I am going to show you a train with the number "1100" in its name.

The EMU 1100 series is the oldest active model on the Kobe Electric Railway. It is a powerful climber to transport commuters between downtown Kobe City and its residential areas in the Rokko Mountains. The 1100 series was launched in 1969. A total of 39 units were built by Kawasaki Sharyo. 24 units of those are still operated on the track. The major group is 3-car trains, which are composed of 2 motorcars and 1 trailer. The motorcar has four powerful 105 kW DC motors for climbing up the steep mountains. The specifications of the 1100 series are quite old, but its design is still cool. Specifically, the large resistors under the floor are rough but reliable.

Incidentally, Kobe is the main city of Hyogo Prefecture, about 600 km west of Tokyo. Kobe Electric Railway has a 70 km-long extensive network in the downtown Kobe City and the Rokko Mountains. Its route has many steep sections up to an incline of 50 per mil. The trains including the EMU 1100 series have special equipment to climb up the steep tracks.

EMU Kobe Electric Railway 1100 series leaves Maruyama station