Keisei 3700 series

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Keisei 3700 series
8-car set 3788 in March 2012
ManufacturerNippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation
Replaced3000 series
Entered service1991
Number built132 vehicles (17 sets)
Number in service116 vehicles (15 sets)
Formation8/6 cars per set (6M2T/4M2T)
Operator(s)Keisei Electric Railway
Line(s) served
Car body constructionStainless steel
Doors3 pairs per side
Maximum speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Traction systemVariable frequency (GTO)
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC
Current collection methodOverhead catenary
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Keisei 3700 series (京成3700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 1991.[1]


The 3700 series eight-car sets operate on the Keisei Main Line between Keisei Ueno and Narita Airport, including inter-running services over the Toei Asakusa Line and Keikyu Main Line to and from Haneda Airport.[1] As of November 2014, the six-car sets are used solely on the Keisei Main Line.[1]


As of 1 April 2016, the fleet consists of 13 eight-car sets and two six-car sets formed as follows.[2]

6-car sets[edit]

The six-car sets are formed as shown below, with four motored ("M") cars and two non-powered trailer ("T") cars.[2]

Designation M2c M1 T T M1 M2c
Numbering 38x1 38x2 38x3 38x4 38x5 38x6

The two M1 cars are each fitted with two single-arm pantographs.[2]

8-car sets[edit]

Four eight-car sets are formed as shown below, with six motored ("M") cars and two non-powered trailer ("T") cars.[2]

Designation M2c M1 T M2 M1' T M1 M2c

The two M1 cars are each fitted with two pantographs, and the M1' car is fitted with one pantograph (cross-arm type for sets 3708 to 3818 and single-arm type for sets 3848 to 3868).[2]


Longitudinal bench seating inside a 3700 series set in November 2014

Seating consists of longitudinal bench seating throughout.[1]


The first 3700 series sets were introduced in 1991, replacing the original 3000 series trains.[1] The first six-car sets were delivered in 2000.[1] Sets from the 6th batch onward (set 3828 onward) had restyled front ends with the headlights located near the roof. Two eight-car sets (3808 and 3748) were leased to the Hokuso Railway becoming Hokuso 7300 series sets 7808 and 7818, supplementing the two 7300 series sets owned by the Hokuso Railway.[2]

In 2017, eight-car set 3738 was converted and renumbered to become Chiba New Town Railway 9800 series set 9808, owned by the Chiba New Town Railway and operated by the Hokuso Railway.[3]


  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. 134. ISBN 978-4-8022-0003-5.
  2. ^ a b c d e f 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 27. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
  3. ^ 千葉ニュータウン鉄道9800形が営業運転を開始 [Chiba New Town Railway 9800 series enters revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 22 March 2017. Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.

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