Odakyu 30000 series EXE

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Odakyu 30000 series EXE
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An Odakyu 30000 series EXE on the Odakyu Odawara Line in December 2007
Manufacturer Nippon Sharyo
Family name Romancecar
Constructed 1996-1999
Entered service 1996
Refurbishment 2016-
Number built 70 vehicles (14 sets)
Number in service 70 vehicles (14 sets)
Predecessor Odakyu 3100 series NSE
Formation 6+4 car sets
Operator(s) Odakyu Electric Railway
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,900 mm (9 ft 6 in)
Floor height 1,180 mm (3 ft 10 in)
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Traction system VVVF
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead lines
Braking system(s) Regenerative brake
Safety system(s) ATS (OM)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Odakyu 30000 series EXE (小田急30000形?, Odakyū 30000-gata) ("Excellent Express") is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the private railway operator Odakyu Electric Railway in Japan on Odakyu Odawara Line and Odakyu Enoshima Line "Romancecar" services since 1996.[1]


Seven 4+6-car trainsets (70 vehicles) were built between 1996 and 1999 to replace ageing Odakyu 3100 series NSE trains.[1] Unlike earlier Romancecar trainsets, which used articulated carriages, the 30000 series sets have 20 m long bogie cars.[1] The inner driving cabs of the 4+6-car formations have gangway doors.[1]

The passenger doors use 800 mm (31 in) wide sliding doors, with 1,000 mm (39 in) wide doors on cars 2, 5, and 8 to provide wheelchair accessibility.[2]


A 30000 series EXE set on a combined Sagami + Enoshima service in December 2007

The 30000 series trains are used on Odakyu Odawara Line Hakone services between Shinjuku in Tokyo and Hakone-Yumoto Station in Kanagawa Prefecture (about 88 km), as well as Sagami and Homeway services. They are also on Odakyu Enoshima Line Enoshima services between Shinjuku and Katase-Enoshima.[1]

Trainsets were introduced on combined Hakone and Enoshima services, with trains dividing at Machida, and later at Sagami-Ono.[2] 10-car Hakone services to Hakone-Yumoto also divide at Odawara with just the 6-car sets continuing onward to Hakone-Yumoto.[2]


As of 1 April 2016, the fleet consists of seven 4+6-car trainsets, formed as follows, with car 1 at the western end.[3] All seven sets are based at Ebina Depot.[3]

Unrefurbished sets[edit]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Designation Tc2 M2' T2 T1 M1' Tc1' Tc2' M2 M1 Tc1
Numbering 3055x 3050x 3045x 3035x 3020x 3025x 3015x 3010x 3000x 3005x

Cars 2, 3, 5, 8, and 9 are each fitted with a single-arm pantograph.[3] Only one bogie on car 9 is motored.[3]

Refurbished sets[edit]

Refurbished trainsets are formed as follows, with five motored cars per ten-car formation.[4]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Designation Tc2 M3 M2'N T1 M1' Tc1' Tc2' M2 M1 Tc1
Numbering 3055x 3050x 3040x 3035x 3020x 3025x 3015x 3010x 3000x 3005x
Weight (t) 33.45 42.32 41.60 35.99 40.50 35.36 37.02 42.45 41.44 33.56
Capacity 56 58 56 68 54 60 58 58 54 56

Cars 2, 3, 5, 8, and 9 are each fitted with a PT7113-A single-arm pantograph.[4]


Passenger accommodation consists of monoclass unidirectional 2+2 abreast seating, with 460 mm (18 in) wide seats and a seating pitch of 1,000 mm (39 in).[4] The first eight half-sets delivered had green-coloured seats in the six-cars sets (evoking the forests of Hakone) and blue-coloured seats in the four-car sets (evoking the sea of Enoshima), but from 1999 onward, the seats in all sets was standardized with grey and brown seat covers.[2] Wheelchair spaces are located in cars 5 and 8.[3]

Refreshment counters are provided in cars 3 and 9.[2] Toilets are provided in cars 2, 5, and 8, and the toilet in car 5 is a universal access type.[2]


The first trains entered revenue service on 23 March 1996.[2]

Build history[edit]

The fleet was built between 1996 and 1999 in three batches as follows.[2]

Batch Sets Build date
1st 1-2 January - February 1996
2nd 3-4 April - May 1997
3rd 5-7 April - June 1999


A refurbished "EXEα" six-car set in March 2017

The fleet is scheduled to undergo a programme of refurbishment from fiscal 2016, with the first 4+6-car trainset treated returning to service in March 2017, rebranded "EXEα".[5]

Refurbishment is being carried out by Nippon Sharyo, with the design overseen by Noriaki Okabe Architecture Network. It includes the following changes:

  • Redesigned interiors and seating
  • Replacement of Japanese-style squat toilets with Western-style toilets (Toto "Washlet" type)
  • Additional luggage racks
  • LED lighting in passenger saloons[4]
  • Installation of security cameras in vestibule and passenger saloons
  • Fully enclosed traction motors[4]
  • Conversion of one former trailer car (car 3) to a motored car, and the addition of a second motored bogie to car 9, which previously only had one motored bogie.[4]

The first train set to be refurbished, four-car set 30051, was returned to Odakyu from the Nippon Sharyo factory in Toyokawa, Aichi, in November 2016.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e 私鉄車両年鑑2013 [Japan Private Railways Annual 2013] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. 20 March 2013. p. 192. ISBN 978-4-86320-693-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 30000形 "EXE" [30000 series "EXE"]. Tetsudo Daiya Joho Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 36 no. 277. Japan: Kotsu Shimbun. May 2007. p. 14-16. 
  3. ^ 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. 58. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f 小田急電鉄EXEα [Odakyu EXEα]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 57 no. 671. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. March 2017. p. 62-65. 
  5. ^ 「特急ロマンスカー・EXE(30000形)」をリニューアル ~EXEは、「EXEα」へ進化します~ [ EXE 30000 series Romancecar to be refurbished - becoming "EXEα"] (pdf). News Release (in Japanese). Japan: Odakyu Electric Railway. 20 October 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  6. ^ JR貨 コキ107と小田急30000形 甲種輸送 [JR Freight: KoKi 107 and Odakyu 30000 series transferred]. RM News (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 10 November 2016. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 

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