New Shuttle

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A New Shuttle train alongside the Tohoku Shinkansen in May 2009

The New Shuttle (ニューシャトル Nyū Shatoru?) is a manually driven rubber-tyred people mover system in Saitama Prefecture, Jaoan, operated by Saitama New Urban Transit Co., Ltd. (埼玉新都市交通株式会社 Saitama Shin Toshi Kōtsū Kabushiki-gaisha?).

The 12.7-kilometre Ina Line (伊奈線 Ina-sen?) that runs north from Ōmiya Station in Saitama, Saitama, alongside the Tohoku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen elevated high-speed lines through Ageo to Uchijuku Station in Ina in Saitama Prefecture in the Greater Tokyo Area is the only route that is run on the system. The line is double tracked from Ōmiya Station to Maruyama Station and single tracked from Maruyama to Uchijuku Station.

Saitama New Urban Transit is a kabushiki gaisha whose major shareholders include the East Japan Railway Company, Tobu Railway, banks, Saitama prefectural government, and the cities and the town served.

Ina Line stations[edit]

The stations on the line are as follows.[1] All stations are located in Saitama Prefecture.

Colour Name Japanese Distance (km) Location
     Omiya 大宮 0.0 Ōmiya-ku, Saitama
     Tetsudō-Hakubutsukan 鉄道博物館 1.5
     Kamonomiya 加茂宮 3.2 Kita-ku, Saitama
     Higashi-Miyahara 東宮原 4.0
     Konba 今羽 4.8
     Yoshinohara 吉野原 5.6
     Haraichi 原市 6.4 Ageo
     Shōnan 沼南 7.2
     Maruyama 丸山 8.2 Ina
     Shiku 志久 9.4
     Ina-Chūō 伊奈中央 10.5
     Hanuki 羽貫 11.6
     Uchijuku 内宿 12.7

The line's depot is located next to Maruyama Station.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

As of 1 April 2015, the following train types are used on the line, all formed as six-car sets.[2]

  • 1050 series
  • 2000 series
  • 2020 series (since 4 November 2015)[3]

1050 series[edit]

As of 1 April 2015, four 1050 series sets (50 to 53) were in service, formed as six-car sets as follows.[2]

Set No. Car numbers Livery
50 1150 1250 1350 1450 1550 1660          Light blue with white window surrounds
51 1151 1251 1351 1451 1551 1661          Red with white window surrounds
52 1152 1252 1352 1452 1552 1662          Cream with green window surrounds (since July 2013)
53 1153 1253 1353 1453 1553 1663          White with red window surrounds (since November 2013)

2000 series[edit]

The 2000 series fleet consists of seven six-car sets (01 to 07) formed as follows.[2] The trains have stainless steel bodies with different colour front ends and bodyside stripes.[2]

Set No. Car numbers Livery
01 2101 2201 2301 2401 2501 2601      Pink
02 2102 2202 2302 2402 2502 2602      Orange
03 2103 2203 2303 2403 2503 2603      Green
04 2104 2204 2304 2404 2504 2604      Yellow
05 2105 2205 2305 2405 2505 2605      Blue
06 2106 2206 2306 2406 2506 2606      Red
07 2107 2207 2307 2407 2507 2607      Cherry blossom pink

2020 series[edit]

The first 2020 series trainset, numbered 21, entered service on 4 November 2015.[3] Set 22 entered service in February 2016, followed by set 23 in June 2016.[4] Each set has a different accent colour, as shown below.[4]

Set No. Livery Date introduced
21      "Green crystal" November 2015
22      "Bright amber" February 2016
23      "Pure ruby" June 2016

Former rolling stock[edit]

  • 1010 series

By 1 April 2015, three 1010 series sets (15, 17, 19) remained in service, formed as six-car sets.[2] The last set (set 7) was withdrawn following its last day in service on 26 June 2016.[5]

History[edit]

The people of Ina town, on the branch point of the Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen high-speed railway lines, opposed the latter being routed through their area, complaining that the town would be divided by the new tracks and beset with noise pollution. To placate the residents, new railway lines were planned. The AGT Ina Line was the solution reached for the area north of Ōmiya Station, where the potential demand was not large enough to run heavy rail lines economically. (Currently, the line generates an operating profit.) A heavy rail line (the Saikyo Line) was the solution reached for the south of Ōmiya Station.

  • 1 April 1980: Operating company Saitama New Urban Transit Co., Ltd. (埼玉新都市交通株式会社 Saitama Shin Toshi Kōtsū Kabushiki-gaisha?) is incorporated.
  • 22 December 1983: The section between Ōmiya and Hanuki stations opens.
  • 2 August 1990: The remaining section between Hanuki and Uchijuku stations opens.
  • 14 October 2007: Ōnari Station is renamed Tetsudō-Hakubutsukan Station when the Railway Museum (Tetsudō-Hakubutsukan) opens.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 204. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 私鉄車両編成表 2015 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2015] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 23 July 2015. p. 23. ISBN 978-4-330-58415-7. 
  3. ^ a b 【埼玉新都市交通】2020系 営業運転開始 [Saitama New Urban Transit 2020 series enters revenue service]. RM News (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b 2020系第3弾目の23(にいさん)編成がデビューします。 [3rd 2020 series (set 23) to debut] (in Japanese). Japan: Saitama New Urban transit Co. 6 June 2016. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Fukuda, Satoshi (27 June 2016). 埼玉新都市交通1000系が全車引退 [Saitama New Urban Transit 1000 series all withdrawn]. RM News (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

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