Thursday, October 2, 2014

Indonesian Railway Update: Ex-Yokohama Line Train

Set H4 of the EMU KRL Jabodetabek (ex-JR East) 205 series stands at Manggarai Station
Photo: Faris Fadhli
I have received news from an Indonesian rail fan again. The ex-JR East Yokohama Line train, the EMU 205 series, has debuted in Jakarta. My thanks go to Mr. Faris Fadhli, who kindly sent me the photos.

The 205 series is 1,067 mm gauge and 1,500V DC EMU, which was originally launched in Japan in 1985. It has been widely operated on the urban routes in the Tokyo metropolitan area. This model has a stainless body and DC commutator motors with a resistor control system.

Two decades have passed since the 205 series debuted. Following the 180 units of the ex-Saikyo Line 205 series, about 170 units of the ex-Yokohama Line 205 series were then moved to Indonesia after the retirement from the tracks in Japan. The local railway operator, KRL Jabodetabek (Jakarta Metropolitan Commuter Electric Railway), was pursuing the modernization of the trains in this rapidly growing city. They have been importing air conditioned secondhand EMUs from Japan since the 2000s.

On September 25th, the first commercial operation of the ex-Yokohama Line 205 series was conducted in Jakarta. It was set number H4, which used to belong to Kamakura Rail Yard in Japan. The ex-Yokohama Line 205 series is an 8-car train, while the ex-Saikyo 205 series train is a 10-car train. The KRL Jabodetabek has started to operate the ex-Yokohama Line 205 series right out of the box... 8-car trains.

I wish the ex-Yokohama Line 205 series well for its new life in Jakarta.

Set H9 of the EMU JR East 205 series stands at Yokohama Station (September, 2013)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Walking along the Tokyu-Setagaya Line

Set number 309F of the Tokyu 300 series approaches Miyanosaka Stop on the Setagaya Line
It is early autumn in Tokyo. Although it is still hot in the daytime, the mornings and evenings are now quite comfortable. I took a walk around the neighborhood with my camera. My destination was Sangenjaya, which is a terminal of the Tokyu- Setagaya Line. I enjoyed taking photographs while strolling along the track to Sangenjaya.

The Setagaya Line, connecting Sangenjaya and Shimo-Takaido (5.0 km), was completed in 1925 as a tram route. The electric system is 600 V DC overhead. The gauge size is 1,372 mm. The whole route is an exclusive double track.

The electric car 300 series is the only model operated on the Setagaya Line. It was launched in 1999 to replace old models such as the 150 series. The train is articulated and composed of two cars. A total of 10 sets have been manufactured so far. Each set is a different color. They are blue, light blue, green, turquoise green, red, pink, yellow, light purple, orange and ex-Tamaden color. The tram runs leisurely through residential areas in a western suburb of Tokyo. This time, I am going to show you the orange colored tram, which is set number 309F, as the top photo.

After reaching Sangenjaya Terminal, I visited an observation deck of Carrot Tower, which is the tallest building in this area. This spot offered me a great view of the western suburb of Tokyo. I could see the Setagaya Line track and lovely trams just like a miniature railroad below my eyes.

A view of the Tokyu Setagaya Line from the observation deck of Carrot Tower Building

Saturday, September 27, 2014

First-generation N'EX in Danish Rail-fan's Photo Album

First-generation Narita Express (N'EX), EMU JR East 253 series (1996)
Photo: Nicolai Okkels 
Following the EMU Keikyu ex-1000 series, I am going to show you the other old train picture from a Danish rail-fan's photo album.

The top photo is the EMU JR East 253 series, Narita Express (N'EX) taken in the mid-1990s. The 253 series was launched in 1991 as the first-generation access train to the New Tokyo International Airport (Narita). Specification of the 253 series was rather old, as it had traditional DC series motors with rheostatic control system, but it received a lot of applause by passengers and rail-fans. For instance, the large baggage storage spaces for international travelers had a good reception.

The 253 series, first-generation N'EX, was retired in 2010, but two sets, twelve units still remain on the JR East Line for use as sightseeing trains to the Nikko area, under new name of the 253-1000 series. Furthermore, the other two sets, six units, were transferred to Nagano Electric Railway (Nagaden) in 2011. They are operated as the EMU 2100 series called Snow Monkey.

Finally, I am going to show the present, second-generation N'EX, E259 series, in the photograph below. The E259 series was launched in 2009. It has the state-of-art equipment and facilities, such as 140 kW three phase induction motors with an IGBT-VVVF inverter control system. The maximum speed of the E259 series is same as that of the 253 series (130 km/hour).

Thank you again Nicolai-san for providing this blog with your precious train photograph.

Second-generation Narita Express (N'EX), EMU JR East E259 series (2014)