Seibu 001 series

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Seibu 001 series
Seibu 001.jpg
Set 001-A in March 2019
In service2019 – Present
DesignerKazuyo Sejima
ReplacedSeibu 10000 series
Entered service16 March 2019
Number under construction48 vehicles (6 sets)
Number built8 vehicles (1 set)
Formation8 cars per trainset
Operator(s)Seibu Railway
Line(s) servedSeibu Ikebukuro Line,
Seibu Chichibu Line
Car body constructionAluminum
Doors1 per side
Maximum speed120 kilometres per hour (75 mph)
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Current collection methodPantograph
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Seibu 001 series (西武001系), also known as "Laview", is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the private railway operator Seibu Railway on limited express services in the Tokyo area of Japan. They will replace the 10000 series EMUs currently in service on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and Chichibu Line.[1][2]


The trains are designed by Kazuyo Sejima, and feature large windows and a rounded front end with an oval windscreen.[3][1]


The trains consist of eight cars per set.[3]


Seating accommodation consists of 2+2 seating, with power outlets at all seats.[3] The interior also features wheelchair spaces and a ladies’ powder room.[3] Free WiFi is provided in all cars.[4]


Seven sets were ordered as a replacement for the New Red Arrow EMUs.[3] The first set was presented to reporters at Kotesashi depot on February 14, 2019.[5] Entry into revenue service is scheduled for March 16, 2019.[5]


  1. ^ a b Kinoshita, Kenji (2018-10-29). "西武鉄道001系「ラビュー」新型特急車両、外観・車内の画像を公開" [Seibu Railway 001 series "Laview" new express train, image of the exterior and car released]. (in Japanese). Mynavi Corporation. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  2. ^ Hosozawa, Ayateru (2018-11-26). "'Laview' replaces 'Red Arrow' for Seibu Railway's express train". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Laview EMUs are ready to roll". Railway Gazette. 2019-02-14. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  4. ^ "Upgraded express: Seibu Railway's Laview train to debut next spring". The Japan Times Online. 2018-10-29. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. ^ a b "西武001系「Laview」が公開される" [Seibu 001 series "Laview" presentation]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 2019-02-14. Retrieved 2019-02-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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