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Kato to release Tokyo subway train series

A poster from the recent 3rd Kyoto Rail Expo would seem to indicate that Kato will release a ‘series’ of models of all of Tokyo’s subway system trains !!!

They seem to be doing it in order, so the first release is the Tokyo Metro Ginza line 01 series 6 car set. This is one of the two lines that run 3rd rail, so the cars have a low, flat-topped appearance.

  • 10-864 – Tokyo Metro Ginza line 01 series 6 car set – Y16,000 (September 2011 release)

It will have flywheel drive, bogie suspension and of course a special interior lighting system.

Trains on the other lines, and the possible models that could be released are as follows …

  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line – 02 series 3 car & 6 car sets (virtually the same as the 01 series)
  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya line – 03 series 8 car set (already done by MicroAce) – connects & runs with Tokyu Toyoko & Tobu Isesaki lines
  • Tokyo Metro Tozai line – 05, 07 & 15-000 series 10 car sets – connects and runs with JR Chuo & JR Sobu lines
  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line – 5000, 06, 6000 & 16-000 series 10 car sets – connects & runs with Odakyu & JR Joban
  • Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line 7000, 07 & 10-000 series 10 car sets – connects & runs with Seibu Ikebukuro & Tobu Tojo  lines
  • Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line – 8000 & 08  series 10 car sets – connects & runs with Tokyu Den’en Toshi line
  • Tokyo Metro Namboku line – 9000 series 6 car sets – connects & runs with Tokyu Meguro line
  • Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line – 7000 & 10-000 series 10 car sets – connects & runs with Tobu Tojo  line

The poster only shows Tokyo Metro’s lines, but they may also consider the 4 TOEI lines as well …

  • TOEI Asakusa line – 5300 series 8 car set (already done by MicroAce) – connects & runs with Keikyu & Keisei
  • TOEI Mita line – 6300 series 6 car set – connects & runs with Tokyu Meguro line
  • TOEI Shinjuku line – 10-000 series 8 car set – connects & runs with Keio
  • TOEI Oedo line – 12-000 series 8 car set (2 types)

There are also many other older series that are not running now that could be done as well.

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June 6, 2011 - Posted by | Kato

4 Comments »

  1. I like the Tokyo’s subway trains!

    Comment by Model Trains Collection Inventory | November 28, 2013 | Reply

  2. The chiyoda line 6000 appears speculatively in the 2012-2013 kato catalog. however, given that Microace has done so many of these, one wonders if Kato will follow. That said, MicroAce as per usual, well under-produced, foolishly, and finding for example a Metro Hanzomon 8000 series is impossible. I’ve bought the Marunouchi 02 and old 300/400, both excellent, and the Ginza 01 series (excellent). The marunouchi old 300/400 may be Kato’s best set in a while – it’s stunning. I’d gladly take a Kato EIDAN Hanzomon 8000 or even better an old Ginza line train, which I think is coming for sure. I regret not buying a Fukutoshin line train when in tokyo as these were available relatively cheap.

    Comment by ac | May 15, 2013 | Reply

  3. Did they give any kind of timeframe for the other series?

    Were models from any other manufacturers mentioned?

    Thank you for reporting on this!

    Comment by Bob Pierce | June 7, 2011 | Reply

    • I have reported all I know so far …..

      Comment by redracer | June 7, 2011 | Reply


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