Keisei AE series ( is a 京成AE形) DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the private railway operator Keisei Electric Railway on Skyliner limited express services to and from Narita International Airport in Japan via the Narita Sky Access Line. The first set was delivered in May 2009, and entered service in July 2010, [4 ] replacing the [5 ] Keisei AE100 series EMUs previously used on these services.
Each 8-car set consists of six motored cars and two trailers. The trains are the first Keisei trains to use bolsterless
bogies, and the end cars are equipped with active suspension. The train design and styling was overseen by Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. The musical horn and in-train announcement melody are provided by [2 ] Casiopea keyboardist and Ongakukan CEO Minoru Mukaiya. [1 ]
The AE series design won the "
Good Design Award" in 2010, and in May 2011 was awarded the 2011 [6 ] Blue Ribbon Award, presented annually by the Japan Railfan Club. [7 ]
Formation [ edit ]
As of 1 April 2013
, the fleet consists of eight 8-car sets formed as shown below with car 1 at the Narita end.
Cars 2, 4, 6, and 8 are each fitted with a single-arm
pantograph. [8 ] The "x" in the individual car numbering corresponds to the set number (1 to 8).
Interior [ edit ]
All cars are monoclass, with 2+2 abreast rotating/reclining seating. Car 4 has a drink vending machine.
Car 5 is equipped with a [8 ] universal access toilet and also a wheelchair space. [8 ]
General interior view, July 2010
Universal access toilet, July 2010
History [ edit ]
The AE series entered revenue service on
Skyliner services from 17 July 2010. [8 ]
Build details [ edit ]
The manufacturers and delivery dates for the fleet are as shown below.
Nippon Sharyo 27 August 2009
Tokyu Car 19 March 2010
26 March 2010
26 March 2010
1 July 2010
14 May 2010
6 July 2010
8 July 2010
See also [ edit ]
E259 series, trains used on competing JR East Narita Express services
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