Chichibu Railway 500 series

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Chichibu Railway 500 series
500 series at Omaeda Station, 1989
In service 1962–1992
Number built 18 vehicles (9 sets)
Number scrapped 18 vehicles
Formation 2 cars per trainset
Operator(s) Chichibu Railway
Line(s) served Chichibu Main Line
Car body construction Steel
Car length 20 m
Doors 2 per side
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead wire
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Chichibu Railway 500 series (秩父鉄道500系) was an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type for local services on the Chichibu Main Line operated by the Chichibu Railway in Japan between 1962 and 1992.[1]


The trains were formed as follows.[1]

  • DeHa 500 + KuHa 600


While based on the earlier 300 series express design, these sets had longitudinal seating. The KuHa 600 cars were originally fitted with a toilet, but these were later removed.[1]


Nine 2-car trains were built in 1962.[1] The trains were replaced by 2000 series EMUs from 1991 and withdrawn by 1992.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "秩父の電車たち" [Trains of the Chichibu Railway]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 48 no. 564. Japan: Kōyūsha. April 2008. pp. 92–99.