Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Tobu Crayon Shinchan Train: Part 3

Crayon Shinchan Train, 51055F of the EMU Tobu 50050 series, travels on the Tokyu line

One year has already passed since the Crayon Shinchan Train disappeared from the track. I still have their unreleased photos, so that I am going to show you them today.

As I posted before, Crayon Shinchan is a popular TV animation series created by Usui Yoshito. The main character, Crayon Shinchan, is a 5-year-old boy, who goes to kindergarten. The series depicts the everyday life of Crayon Shinchan with his parents, a baby sister, friends, kindergarten teachers and so on. Kasukabe City in Saitama Prefecture is the stage of this famous animation. Kasukabe is located on the Tobu-Isesaki line.

Starting from November 3rd, 2016, Tobu Railway had been operating special poster trains with a Crayon Shinchan design (Crayon Shinchan Train) to promote tourism to Kasukabe City. They were five sets of the EMU 50050 series. Each 10-car train set was beautifully decorated with Crayon Shinchan characters on a yellow (51055F), blue (51056F), red (51057F), orange (51058F) and green (51059F) colored background. Tobu trains were directly operated onto the Tokyo Metro-Hanzomon line and the Tokyu-Denentoshi line so that people in Tokyo Metropolis and Kanagawa Prefecture also enjoyed these unique trains in their areas. Although Crayon Shinchan Train was very popular among children, the operation of this special poster train was terminated on August 31st, 2017.

Incidentally, the EMU 50050 series is Tobu's standard commuter train launched in 2006. A total of 18 sets, 180 units, are operated on the track. It has the concepts of universal design and low energy consumption.

Crayon Shinchan Train, 51057F of the EMU Tobu 50050 series, travels on the Tokyu line