Tobu Railway launched actual N100 series “Spacia X” limited express trains in the Minami-Kuribashi Railway area. At the time of the presentation in July 2022, the outlines of the various customer service facilities were already made clear, but the reality is presented for the first time.
6 types of guest rooms in 6 cars
Usually, express trains are dominated by standard cabins, and there are other forms such as first-class and second-class cabins. However, “Spacia X” has 6 types of guest rooms in a 6-car train. The layout of each car is as follows.
↑Tobu Nikko/Kinugawa Onsen
Car 1: Cockpit lounge, cafe counter
Car 2: premium seat
Car No. 3: Standard Seat
Car No. 4: Standard Seat
Car No. 5: Box seat, standard seat (including wheelchair)
Car No. 6: compartment, cockpit suite
Cars No. 2 to No. 5 are electric cars equipped with electric motors. In industry terms, it is a 6-car train set of “4M2T”. In other words, the “Cockpit Lounge”, “Copartment” and “Cockpit Suite” are unpowered and expected to be quieter. In addition, both the lead car and the number 2 car are equipped with anti-sway devices (so-called active suspension).
Toilets and washrooms are provided in car No. 2 (Tobu Nikko/Kinugawa Onsen) and car No. 5 (Asakusa), the latter including facilities for the disabled.
Car No. 5 (box seat, standard seat)
Car No. 5 has a box seat on each side of Tobu Nikko/Kinugawa Onsen. There are standard seats at the back, but the two rows toward Asakusa are wheelchair-accessible, the left side is single seats toward Tobu Nikko/Kinugawa Onsen, and wheelchairs can be transferred, and the right side is free space for wheelchairs.
Opening July 15
In this press release, the interior of the car is shot for a long time. That’s all there is to see. When it comes to getting in the car, you may struggle with what equipment to choose. I want to use it appropriately according to the number of people, mood, and situation at the time.
The “Spacia X” of the N100 series was originally made into two trainsets, N101 trainset and N102 trainset. As previously mentioned, it is scheduled to begin operations on July 15. If you add two more trains, the chances of getting on the train increase.
In addition, Ikaros Publishing is working on the “Detailed Guide to Private Railway Vehicles New Car Detailed Explanation: Tobu N100 Series ‘Spacia X'”, which is scheduled to be released on June 21, earlier than the real car start time.