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Tokyo Metro 01 Series to Kumamoto Dentetsu


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Two 01 series cars have been transported all the way to Kumamoto Dentetsu to enter service in March.

 

These were delivered in several generations over about 14(!) years, counting from the test formation built by Kawasaki in September 1983 to the single 6th generation formation built by Kinki in August 1997.

 

These two were the end cars of the last 4th generation formation, built by Nippon Sharyo, in June 1992.  I would not have thought that they were so old.

 

http://railf.jp/news/2015/02/22/160000.html

 

and Kumamoto Dentetsu is installing the Kawasaki EF-Wing trucks, video by Toshiyuki Saiba

 

 

You're not getting me under that thing...

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Yeah that roofline is quite flat, were these 3rd rail?  They must be getting pans.  Plus these trucks wouldn't have the pickup, at least not as they are now.

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Don't metro 01 has a 1435mm gauge?

They would have been, yes, but these new trucks will solve that.  Presumably loading gauge isn't an issue.  Look at all the places the Keio 5000s have gotten to, they were originally 1372mm, now they're all 1067mm or 1435mm.

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Since the cars were running on the pre WWII Ginza line, the loading gauge is roughly the same (like the old Hakone Tozan cars) and while the Toei 01 series are 3rd rail units, the voltage is the same 600V, thanks to both lines being rather old. So apart from a bogie swap and a new pantograph, they are fully compatible. Also the 600V is low enough that no serious isolation or modifications are needed on the roof, just a high voltage traction cable coming down at the car's end.

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I think there's still one older ex-Ginza line car (ex-Eidan 2000-kei) running on the Choshi Dentetsu.

 

http://www.choshi-dentetsu.jp/detail/railway/2

 

Yes, the last one in operation in Japan. A few weeks ago the 1002 (Marunouchi line colours) went out of service because of a lack of finances. Now only the 1001 remains in Ginza line colours.

 

Hitachi Dentetsu had a big fleet of these ex-2000 types in service, of which, Choshi bought two when Hitachi Dentetsu went bust.

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These two were the end cars of the last 4th generation formation, built by Nippon Sharyo, in June 1992.  I would not have thought that they were so old.

 

I remember the first time I came to Japan in 1993, they seemed pretty modern, especially with the nifty station indicators above the doors.

 

22 years on they do look a bit tired, especially compared with the replacements, which are LED-lit with the latest LCD displays.

 

Anyway, all the more excuse to run my cut-down Kato 01 set on my layout, which is (according to the fanciful backstory) home to all kinds of older stock the original operators no longer wanted.

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Sauce: http://pbs.twimg.com/ext_tw_video_thumb/570830550363041793/pu/img/uAI-nsSesTy3jWzz.jpg

 

Video: https://twitter.com/anm_7601liarmsd/status/570833175288504320

 

Awww hell yeah! I need this in my life! I wonder if Kumaden will change the livery. Surely, they will remove the logos of Tokyo Metro, but will the simple '90s black/orange striping remain? One part of me hopes it will remain in the Ginza Line livery and the other part hopes for an original repaint.

 

Somehow this now reminds me of the old interurbans we had running in my hometown: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5217/5493182934_b3d6a2291f.jpg

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Looks strange, but cool! What stock actually replaced the 01 series? They're still running in Tokyo right?

 

Somehow this now reminds me of the old interurbans we had running in my hometown: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5217/5493182934_b3d6a2291f.jpg

They're still running, as you probably know. :P  (although in morphed condition)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/arthur-a/11414633574

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Looks strange, but cool! What stock actually replaced the 01 series? They're still running in Tokyo right?

 

They're still more than half the fleet but the new 1000 series is gradually nudging them out.

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Very cool! I've seen someone at the JNMA before who had converted one as well, but this is a level beyond! That must have been a lot of investing in parts, as the EFwings can only be obtained from the Tomytec Kumamon train set, as well as the intricate details on the roofs, the underbody equipment, doorsteps, and the filigrane mirrors. A bit of a steep price, but a LOT of time and effort went into this.

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In this video you can see that the Kumamoto Dentetsu replaced the blue Tokyo Metro stickers with their own in Tokyo Metro style.

 

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Nice touch. I wonder how long those aluminium bodies will hold out in the Kyushu rain; the cab ends seem a bit dirt-streaked already.

 

The 6000-kei with the blue/yellow front looks almost like it was re-imported from Indonesia...

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