Keisei 3500 series

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Keisei 3500 series
Keisei Electric Railway 3500renewal.jpg
Refurbished 3500 series set 3549 in October 2008
Constructed 1972–1982
Entered service 1972
Refurbishment 1996–2001
Number built 96 vehicles (24 sets)
Number in service 56 vehicles (13 sets)
Number scrapped 40 vehicles
Formation 8/6/4 cars per set
Operator(s) Keisei Electric Railway
Line(s) served Keisei Main Line, Toei Asakusa Line
Specifications
Car body construction Stainless steel
Doors 3 pairs per side
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Keisei 3500 series (京成3500形?) is a commuter electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the private railway operator Keisei Electric Railway in the Tokyo area of Japan since 1972.[1]

Operations[edit]

The 3500 series sets operate on the Keisei Main Line.[1] The eight-car sets were also used on Toei Asakusa Line and Keikyu line inter-running services until they were split into individual four-car sets in 2014, although the unrefurbished sets were not capable of operating on Keikyu lines.[1]

Formations[edit]

Originally built as 24 four-car sets, the fleet was subsequently reformed into eight-, six-, and four-car sets.[1]

As of 1 April 2016, the fleet consists of 56 vehicles formed as four six-car sets and nine four-car sets.[2]

6-car sets[edit]

A six-car set in October 2010

The six-car sets are formed as shown below. All cars are motored.[2]

Designation M2 M1' M2 M1' M1' M2
Designation M2 M1' M1' M2 M1' M2

The M1' cars are each fitted with one single-arm pantograph.[2]

4-car sets[edit]

The four-car sets are formed as shown below. All cars are motored.[2]

Designation M2 M1' M1' M2

The M1' cars are each fitted with one single-arm pantograph.[2]

8-car sets[edit]

Four eight-car sets were formed as shown below. All cars were motored.[3]

Designation M2 M1' M1' M2 M2 M1' M1' M2

The M1' cars are each fitted with one single-arm pantograph.[3]

Interior[edit]

The interior of a refurbished set in August 2009

Seating consists of longitudinal bench seating throughout.[1]

History[edit]

Major refurbishment of the fleet commenced in 1996, with a total of 56 vehicles refurbished by 2001.[1] Refurbishment involved redesigned front ends and upgraded interiors.[4]

Special farewell tours were staged for the last remaining unrefurbished 3500 series set, 3585, on 25 and 26 February 2017.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f 私鉄車両年鑑2015 [Japan Private Railways Annual 2015] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. 20 June 2015. p. 132. ISBN 978-4-8022-0003-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 29. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5. 
  3. ^ a b 私鉄車両編成表 2012 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2012] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. July 2012. p. 37. ISBN 978-4-330-29911-2. 
  4. ^ "京成3500形リニュアル車" [Refurbished Keisei 3500 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 36 no. 422. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. June 1996. p. 61. 
  5. ^ 『さよなら3500形未更新車記念ツアー』開催 ["Farewell Unrefurbished 3500 series Commemorative Tours" held]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 26 February 2017. Archived from the original on 28 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.