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bikkuri bahn posted a topic in Japan Rail: News & General Discussion4 sets x 6 car consists to be introduced by 2023, on the Skytree/Nikko/Kinugawa Lines. Slated to become the flagship of the fleet. Will be built by Hitachi Kasado. https://tetsudo-ch.com/11937581.html Tobu press release: https://www.tobu.co.jp/cms-pdf/releases/20211111115910j-Hxsy54wjgySVaKcD-UrQ.pdf
My search for train watching spots turned up this nice scene at Tobu Nikko Station over the Golden Week holiday period earlier this month. 1800 series in original livery as well as the Tobu Railway Museum owned 8000 series six-car 8111 trainset. Note the approach to Nikko Station is on a 2.6% grade. A couple of wedgies (between Fujioka and Shizuwa on the Nikko Line):