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Monday, April 16, 2012

Ginza subway line goes retro

銀座線 新レトロ車両

Ginza Subway

Tokyo's Ginza subway line got a retro facelift on April 11 with the unveiling of its new 1000 series train at Asakusa station. The 1000 series, in lemon yellow, harks back to the very first trains that ran when the Ginza Line opened in 1927, 85 years ago, when it was Asia's very first subway line.

The retro exterior is echoed in the supposedly retro brick red of the seats (after the brick architecture of the time). Yet, the 1000 series is still resolutely twenty-first century in its high-tech systems, all-LED lighting, and wider seats.

Ginza subway line goes retro

Also, the doors connecting the carriages are bedecked with logos reflecting the spots of fame and interest that the Ginza line goes through, like Ueno Zoo's pandas and Asakusa's Kaminarimon.

Needless to say, Asakusa station was packed with railway enthusiasts for the 12.11 pm launch, not to mention a few oldtimers who actually remembered the original train that it's modeled on.

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