A 5300 Series bound for Haneda Airport on the Keikyu Main Line
Another 5300 Series awaits for departure (Photo courtesy of Uraken.net)
Toei 5300 Series
Operated on the Toei Asakusa Line, Keikyu Main Line, Airport Line, Zushi Line and Kurihama Line, Keisei Main Line and Oshiage Line and the Hokusō Railway Hokusō Line
In Service: 1991 - Present
110km/h (Service and design)
Consist/Formation: 4 motorized cars + 4 trailer cars (8 cars)
Electric System: 1500v DC through overhead wires
Gauge: 1435mm (Standard)
Number Built: 216 cars
The 5300 Series is a three-door commuter-type electric multiple unit designed by the Bureau of Transportation Tokyo Metropolitan Government for the Toei Asakusa Line.
The Asakusa Line is the oldest line owned by the Toei Subway and by the early 1990s, the necessity to replace the original 5000 Series trains was becoming apparent. The 5300 Series was introduced to solve this problem.
Newer technology such as variable frequency drive and light-weight aluminum construction were used to create a train that requires far less maintenance than previous types.
5300 Series trains are built to follow Keikyu's regulations and therefore have motorized end cars. They are also painted despite being constructed of aluminum alloy much like Keikyu's fleet of trains.
The 5300 Series is currently the only commuter train owned and operated by the Toei Subway on the Asakusa Line.