Tsukuba Express 2000 series
|Built at||Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi|
|Family name||Hitachi A-train|
|Entered service||24 August 2005|
|Number built||138 vehicles (23 sets)|
|Number in service||138 vehicles (23 sets)|
|Formation||6 cars per trainset|
|Capacity||920 (318 seated)|
|Operator(s)||Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company|
|Line(s) served||Tsukuba Express|
|Car body construction||Aluminium|
|Width||2,950 mm (9 ft 8 in)|
|Height||4,070 mm (13 ft 4 in)|
|Doors||4 pairs per side|
|Maximum speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
|Power output||190 kW per motor|
|Deceleration||4.2 km/h/s (4.4 km/h/s for emergency brake)|
|Electric system(s)||1,500 V DC / 20 kV AC (50 Hz)|
|Current collection method||Overhead wire|
|Safety system(s)||ATC, ATO|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The TX-2000 series (TX-2000系?) is a dual-voltage electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company on the Tsukuba Express line in the Kanto region of Japan since 2005.
TX-2000 series trains are capable of operating on both the 1,500 V DC and 20 kV AC sections of the Tsukuba Express, and therefore operate over the full length of the line. (The DC-only TX-1000 series sets are restricted to the Akihabara – Moriya section of the line.)
As of 1 April 2016[update], the fleet consists of 23 six-car sets (51 to 73), consisting of four motored (M) cars and two trailer (T) cars, and formed as follows with car 1 at the Tsukuba (northern) end.
The middle two cars, 3 and 4, feature transverse seating bays with folding tables.
The first six-car prototype was built in March 2003, and 15 more sets were subsequently delivered from Hitachi between January and July 2004, entering service on 24 August 2008. Four additional sets (67 to 70) were delivered in 2008 to provide increased capacity. These later sets differ in having a red bodyline stripe added below the windows.
A further three six-car sets were delivered in June and August 2012 to provide additional capacity. These three sets, 71 to 73, feature a number of design improvements over earlier sets, including the use of LED interior lighting, increased seat thickness, and opening windows to provide ventilation at the ends of cars.
From April 2017, the transverse seating in cars 3 and 4 was gradually replaced by longitudinal bench seating.
- Takai, Kunpei (30 June 2014). Morokawa, Hisashi; Hattori, Akihiro, eds. 全国私鉄超決定版 電車・機関車・気動車1700 [Nationwide Private Railway Ultimate Edition: 1700 EMUs, Locomotives, and DMUs] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Sekaibunka-sha. p. 66. ISBN 978-4-418-14219-4.
- 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 78. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
- ３編成１８両の車両増強と南流山駅ホーム改良計画について [Details of new build of 3 trainsets and platform improvements at Minami-Nagareyama Station] (pdf). Tsukuba Express News Release (in Japanese). Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- "3 編成18 両(ＴＸ－2000 系車両)を導入します。" [Three TX-2000 series sets (18 vehicles) to be introduced] (pdf). Tsukuba Express News Release (in Japanese). Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- TX-2000系にロングシート改造車が登場 [TX-2000 series modified with longitudinal seating]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 28 April 2017. Archived from the original on 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
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