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Odakyu 7000 series LSE

Odakyu 7000 series LSE
Odakyu 7000 series LSE in original livery, November 2007
In service December 1980–
Family name Romancecar
Constructed 1980–1983
Refurbishment 1995–1997
Number built 44 vehicles (4 sets)
Number in service 22 vehicles (2 sets)
Number scrapped 22 vehicles (2 sets)
Formation 11 cars per set
Fleet numbers 7001–7004
Operator(s) Odakyu Electric Railway
Depot(s) Kitami
Specifications
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead lines
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Odakyu 7000 series LSE (小田急7000形 Odakyū 7000-gata) (Luxury Super Express) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated since December 1980 by Odakyu Electric Railway on "Romancecar" limited express services in Japan.

Design

The 7000 series LSE trains were the first new "Romancecars" introduced since the Odakyu 3100 series NSE 17 years previously. The overall styling represented an evolution of the 3100 series design, with 11 articulated carriages mounted on shared bogies.[1] The external livery of orange vermilion, grey, and white was also identical to that carried by the 3100 series. The passenger doors continued the folding style, but were automatically operated instead of the manually-operated doors of the 3100 series.[1]

Operations

The 7000 series LSE sets are normally used on Hakone and Super Hakone services between Shinjuku and Hakone-Yumoto, and on Sagami services.[1]

Formations

7000 series LSE in new livery, February 2012

The four 11-car articulated sets are formed as follows, with car 1 at the Odawara and Hakone end.[2][3]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Designation M9c M8 T2 M7 M6 M5 M4 M3 T1 M2 M1c
Numbering 7800 7700 7150 7600 7500 7400 7300 7200 7050 7100 7000

Cars 2, 5, 7, and 10 each have one single-arm pantograph.[2]

Interior

Passenger accommodation

Passenger accommodation consists of rotating/reclining pairs of seats arranged 2+2 abreast.[3] All cars are no-smoking.[2]

Facilities

Cars 4 and 8 have toilet and washing facilities.[2] Cars 3 and 9 had refreshment counters, although since the 1990s, these are used as a base for trolley service sales.[1]

History

The first set, 7001, was delivered in December 1980, and entered service on 27 December of the same year.[3] One set was delivered each subsequent year, with the final set, 7004, delivered in December 1983.[3]

In 1981, the 7000 series LSE was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award, presented annually in Japan by the Japan Railfan Club for railway vehicles voted as being the most outstanding design of the year.[1]

The fleet was refurbished between 1995 and 1997 to improve accessibility, and new seat moquette was added. At the same time, the sets were repainted into a new livery of wine red and white based on that applied to the Odakyu 10000 series HiSE sets.[1]

From 2005, the original scissors-type pantographs were replaced with single-arm pantographs.[1]

In 2007, set 7004 was repainted back into its original livery to mark the 80th anniversary of Odakyu.[1]

In 2012, one of the two sets still in new livery was repainted back into the original livery, and the other set was withdrawn as of 19 February 2012, leaving two sets in service, both in the original livery.[4]

Train simulator version

The 7000 LSE is a player-driveable train in the 2001 Microsoft Train Simulator railroad simulator.

References

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  2. ^ a b c d
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External links

  • Odakyu Romancecar Lineup (Japanese)
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