Editor Note:This article is written by our guest writer who is a railway fan. She has gone on for further study, so she won’t be writing here frequently.
Many travellers arriving in Tokyo and plan to travel within Tokyo will be familiar with Yamanote Line. The Line that run through major urban centres and place of interest such as Akihabara, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Ueno, Yoyogi etc.
Yamanote Line E231. image by LERK from wikimedia
This olive green Yamanote line has a long history that is dated back to 1st March 1885 (The late Meiji era). The loop was completed in 1925. The olive green colour that indicates the Yamanote train was introduced in December 1963.
E235 ECU of Yamanote Line.Image by Rsa from wikimedia
Priority Zone in E235 Car.Image provided by JR East
By 2020 in time for 2020 Summer Olympics, the rolling stocks will be completely changed to E235 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU). Physically, the olive green will only be featured on the driver cab and the doors instead of a full solid line across the cars.
The interior of the car will have a total of 9 priority seats and an area for wheelchair or baby stroller located at both end of each car except the end car. For our Singapore readers, each car has a sliding door at each end to separate the cars, different from the metro trains used in Singapore. This could be used for individual car climate control; some cars may not be that cold as compare to others.
The first E235 was put into revenue service in 30 November 2015 but was pull out of service due to some technical difficulty. The latest update is that JR is putting the ECU into testing from 27 December onward, and if there is no other technical issue, we may see the train in revenue service soon.