Tobu 100 series

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Tobu 100 series
Spacia
Tobu-Series100-104.jpg
Set 104 in July 2021
In service1990present
ManufacturerAlna Kōki, Tokyu Car Corporation
Replaced 1720 series
Constructed1989–1991
Entered service1 June 1990
Refurbished2011–2012
Number built54 vehicles (9 sets)
Number in service54 vehicles (9 sets)
Successor Tobu N100 series
Formation6 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers101–109
Operator(s) Tobu Railway
Depot(s)Kasukabe
Line(s) served Tobu Skytree Line, Tobu Nikko Line, Tobu Kinugawa Line, Tohoku Main Line
Specifications
Car body constructionAluminium [1]
Car length20 m (65 ft 7 in)
DoorsSliding plug door, one per side
Traction system GTO-VVVF
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collector(s) Overhead line
Safety system(s) Tobu ATS, ATS-P (three sets)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Notes/references
Wikipedia blueribbon W.PNG
This train won the 34th Blue Ribbon Award in 1991.

The Tobu 100 series (東武100系, Tōbu 100-kei), branded Spacia (スペーシア), is a limited express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway in Japan since 1990. The trains are used on Kegon, Spacia Nikko, Kinu, and Spacia Kinugawa services to Nikkō and Kinugawa-Onsen. [2]

Contents

Formation

As of 1 April 2012, the fleet consists of nine sets, based at Kasukabe Depot, and formed as follows. [1]

Car No.123456
DesignationMc2M4M3M2M1Mc1
Numbering100-6100-5100-4100-3100-2100-1

Interior

Seat pitch is 1,100 mm (43 in). Car 6 contains six 4-seat compartments. These are marked as "Green cars" when operating on JR lines. [3]

History

The 100 series trains entered service on 1 June 1990 on Kegon and Kinu services from Asakusa in Tokyo to Nikkō and Kinugawa-Onsen, replacing the ageing 1720 series trains operating since 1960. Two sets were delivered in fiscal 1989, two more were delivered in fiscal 1990, and five were delivered in fiscal 1991, bringing the fleet to nine sets. [3]

All cars were made no-smoking from 18 March 1995. [1]

On 11 November 2021, Tobu announced that the 100 series fleet would be replaced with new N100 series trains [4] which entered service on 15 July 2023. [5]

JR inter-running

Through-running Spacia Nikkō and Spacia Kinugawa services from Shinjuku in Tokyo to Tōbu Nikkō and Kinugawa-Onsen via the JR Tōhoku Main Line commenced on 18 March 2006, and three sets (106 to 108) were modified with JR ATS-P for use on JR East lines. [3]

Refurbishment

The fleet underwent a programme of refurbishment from December 2011, ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Skytree in May 2012. Three trains each were repainted into three different colour schemes, with "miyabi" purple, "iki" light blue, and "sunny coral orange", matching the Tokyo Skytree theme colours, and new "Spacia" logos. Internally, the seats feature new moquette, with blue in the open saloons and brown in the compartments. [6] The first refurbished set re-entered service from 29 December 2011. [7]

Set No.Colour schemeDate refurbishedNotes
101  "Deluxe Romance Car" maroon/beige29 June 2012 [8] Reliveried from "iki" blue in December 2021
102  "miyabi" purple28 March 2012 [9]
103  "Nikko Moude Spacia" gold/black2 March 2012 [9] Reliveried from "sunny coral" orange in April 2015
104  "sunny coral" orange28 September 2012 [10]
105  "miyabi" purple28 December 2011 [9]
106  "Nikko Moude Spacia" gold/black25 July 2012 [10] Reliveried from "sunny coral" orange in July 2015
107  "miyabi" purple31 May 2012 [8]
108  "iki" blue27 April 2012 [8]
109   Original orange/red3 February 2012 [9] Reliveried from "iki" blue in June 2021

Special liveries

Nikko Moude Spacia

Set 106 in "Nikko Moude Spacia" gold and black livery, April 2021 Tobu-Series100 Gold.jpg
Set 106 in "Nikko Moude Spacia" gold and black livery, April 2021

Set 103 was repainted in a special gold and black livery and branded "Nikko Moude Spacia" (日光詣スペーシア) from April 2015. [11] This was followed in July 2015 by set 106, which was similarly reliveried. [12]

Deluxe Romance Car

Set 101 in "Deluxe Romance Car" maroon and beige livery, February 2023 Tobu-Series100-101F Kegon-34.jpg
Set 101 in "Deluxe Romance Car" maroon and beige livery, February 2023

In December 2021, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the 100 series, set 101 was repainted in a maroon and beige livery inspired by that of the 1720 series sets they replaced. [13]

Classic

Set 109 in original red and orange livery, August 2021 Tobu-Series100-109F Revival.jpg
Set 109 in original red and orange livery, August 2021

Set 109 was repainted in the original 100 series livery from June 2021. [14]

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