Nankai 50000 series
|Nankai 50000 series|
|In service||1994 Present|
|Manufacturer||Tokyu Car Corporation|
|Number in service||36 (6 sets)|
|Formation||6 cars per trainset|
|Operator||Nankai Electric Railway|
|Line(s) served||Nankai Main Line, Airport Line|
|Car body construction||Carbon steel|
|Train length||125.6 m (412 ft 1 in)|
|Width||2,850 mm (9 ft 4 in)|
|Height||4,140 mm (13 ft 7 in)|
|Doors||Plug doors: 1 per car|
|Maximum speed||110 km/h (70 mph) (Nankai Line)
120 km/h (75 mph) (Airport Line)
|Weight||219 t (216 long tons; 241 short tons)|
|Acceleration||2.5 km/(h·s) (1.6 mph/s)|
|Deceleration||3.7 km/(h·s) (2.3 mph/s) (service)
4.0 km/(h·s) (2.5 mph/s) (emergency)
|Electric system(s)||1,500 V DC, Overhead line|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Braking system(s)||Regenerative brake, electronically controlled pneumatic brakes|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Nankai 50000 series (南海50000系?) is a limited express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated in Japan by the private railway operator Nankai Electric Railway. These 6-car trains were introduced in 1994 on the new Rapi:t limited express service on the Nankai Airport Line serving Kansai International Airport, which opened on 4 September 1994.
It is used on the Airport Line Rapi:t limited express services. The trains run between Namba and Chiyoda Depot, and have also been used occasionally on special-event services to Wakayamashi and Misakikoen.
The external styling of the train was the work of Hiroyuki Wakabayashi, an architect who was also responsible for designing Uji Station on the Keihan Uji Line. The design theme was "Outdated Future", and is the reason for the train's futuristic and retro styling. The end cars feature streamlined cabs with no gangway connections. The cars are painted an all-over metallic deep blue colour. The side windows are elliptical in shape, giving an aircraft-like appearance.
As of 1 April 2013, the fleet consists of six 6-car sets with three motored ("M") cars and three non-powered trailer ("T") cars formed as shown below, with car 1 at the Wakayama end.
- Cars 2 and 5 are each fitted with two cross-arm type pantographs.
- Cars 5 and 6 have "Super Seat" accommodation.
- Cars 3 and 5 have toilets.
All seats in standard and super-seat cars (Nos 5 and 6) are reserved and no smoking. Cars 3 and 5 feature a service counter and vending machines.
One trainset is scheduled to be repainted in an all-over red livery in a tie-up coinciding with the release of Episode 7 of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn series and to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Nankai Airport Line. The repainted set will return to service from 26 April 2014 and run until 30 June.
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