• Kyodo News


The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is planning to introduce new subway trains resembling those in use when it opened in 1927 as Japan’s first subway line, its operator said Thursday.

The new trains, to enter service in spring 2012, will be painted yellow except for its chocolate-colored roof, the same as the trains that ran between Ueno and Asakusa, Tokyo Metro Co. said. The line has since been extended many times and now connects Asakusa and Shibuya.

Despite its retro look, the new trains will be loaded with the latest technology to reduce noise and vibration as well as reduce electricity use, the company said. It will also have a 46-cm-wide seating space per passenger, 3 cm more than the current cars on the line.

After the first train is introduced, the company will replace the remaining 37 on the Ginza Line in stages beginning in spring 2013.

The original Ginza Line trains were made of steel, epoch-making at a time when railway cars were usually made of wood. The trains were also equipped with an automatic train-stop system. They were decommissioned in 1968.

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