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Narita Express E259

The new Narita Express NEX E259 at Shinagawa station
The new Narita Express NEX E259 at Shinagawa station

The new Narita Express train, NEX E259, is due to start service on Oct 1, 2009. When I got off the Yamanote train at Shinagawa station yesterday, I saw them practising the coupling of the train.

When the train is in operation the two parts of the service, one coming from Yokohama and the other coming from Shinjuku, get joined up at Tokyo station.

NEX on display
NEX on display, but not going anywhere today
nice shiny new lettering for the Narita Express E259
nice shiny new lettering for the Narita Express E259
All aboard for Narita Airport
All aboard for Narita Airport

I took some video of the coupling practice session. Not sure how many times a day they practice this, but I bet they cant wait for Oct 1 to roll around.

Here is the first section where the train comes into the platform.



after stopping for a short while, the train then moves forward the remaining few feet to dock with the other carriages before leaving for the airport.



There were quite a few people snapping photos at the station. The front section of the train makes quite an impact.

The service starts on Oct 1, 2009
This new train will be in service from Oct 1, 2009

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8 comments

PudgyM29 September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am

What shall be Keisei‘s response? Is it waiting until its new, more direct routing from Narita to Keisei-Ueno to make any train announcements?

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shibuya246 September 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Once they get their super fast 36 minute line opened, I am sure passengers will flood to them

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whipcracker September 17, 2009 at 1:05 am

RT @Shibuya246: Narita Express E259, Japan Trains | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/D5J
Well, another train to take everybody rfom here to there. With all of the trains, aren’t you goning to run out of train tracks? Do you have a train line contol like the airlines have air traffic control? where will the put the next one that comes along?

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shibuya246 September 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm

very true. a lot of the trains are starting to share lines now and that makes things more complex.

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Radeonic September 17, 2009 at 4:29 am

@whipcracker: The E259 is to replace their aging E253 series Narita Express trains. I can’t wait to ride one of them when I’m going to Tokyo next year!

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Exiv September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Very impressive design, but I prefer the older E253 series. I wonder which one I’ll get when I travel to Tokyo for my holidays next month !

I’m also impressed that people could take photos of the new train without problems ! Over here, in this post-9/11 Europe, taking pics of public transport vehicles is becoming a suspiscious activity. 🙁

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shibuya246 September 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Hadn’t thought about that. There were about 20 people on my platform getting out their mobiles and taking photos. I’m not sure they would have had enough guards to catch us all. ^^

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Kris Eskra May 30, 2010 at 1:49 am

This one is nice but i prefer the older series as well. The older greencar seats are more “cozy” and also in this new train greencar layout is 2 and 2 seats and the old layout was 1 and 2. Since I travel alone most of the time, I enjoyed getting to have the single seat with no one next to me, and having both a window and an aisle seat. Though most of the time greencar is empty enough there isnt anyone sitting next to me anyway, i miss the security of knowing no one will be next to me and get a little excited when Im buying my ticket and discover that i’ll be on the old series train.

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