June 12, 2018

Hitachi to supply extra trains for Tsukuba Express

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JAPAN’s Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company has awarded Hitachi a contract to supply five six-car suburban EMUs for Tsukuba Express services on its 58km line from Tokyo’s Akihabara station to the city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture.

The 1067mm-gauge TX-3000 trains are due to enter service in March 2020, supplementing the existing fleet of 14 TX-1000 and 23 TX-2000 sets.

The 130km/h trains will feature enhancements over their predecessors, including improved seating, anti-UV window glass, LED lighting, CCTV, forward-facing cameras and silicon carbide traction converters.


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