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Page first written 18 June 2003
Last updated 8 August 2011
Tobu Railway Series 5000 emus -- a memorandum
Noda Line of Tobu Railway in Japan was once famous for its fleet of over 200 electric multiple unit (emu) railcars, all with nose-suspension drive mechanisms. However, that was towards the end of 1980s; Series 5070 fleet, which was expected to dominate the line for some time after the withdrawal of even older Series 3000, has now reduced to only 3 trainsets and is expected to disappear before late this year. Being in UK now and not having any plan of immediate visit to Japan, I am a bit saddened to think of the fact that I will never see them run on Noda Line again with my eyes.
Therefore, I dedicate this page to the history of Series 5000, its predecessor Series 7800, or Tobu Railway's infamous and singular fleet policy of "car body renewal", probably with a bit of criticisms.
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TAKAGI, Ryo email@example.com (c) R. Takagi 2003. All rights reserved.