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  1. Press relase of Tokyo Metro: http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2017/158156.html The 01 series, laurel prize in 1985, in service since 1983 on the Ginza line will completely disappear in a couple of months. The last train is scheduled to run on the 10th of March 2017. The replacement will be the New 1000 series trains in service since 2012, with some units (http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2017/01/11/267/) even more resembling the original 1000 series. PDF: http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/images_h/metroNews20170127_09.pdf Mynavi News http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2017/01/27/505/ Some units are already enjoing "retirement" on the Kumamoto dentetsu in Kyushu, after being converted from 1435mm and Third Rail to 1067mm and catenary, while unit 01-129 has it's cab cutted and preserved in Tokyo Metro's own museum. Most of the remaining units will be scrapped, some will be privately preserved or as other Japanese subway cars (both from Tokyo and Nagoya) , they might find a new life in the Buenos Aires subway in Argentina, where they may be used on the Line B. (the mainstray of Line B's fleet are former Eidan 500 series from the Maronouchi line along some 1970s CAF 5000 series second-hand from Madrid; and since the last trains introduced, the 6000 series (also second-hand from Madrid) was dubbed as the "worst rolling stock purchase in the history of the Subte", line B has a desperate need for relatiely modern subay cars, to wich the 01 series might be a good answer)
  2. Two 01 series cars have been transported all the way to Kumamoto Dentetsu to enter service in March. These were delivered in several generations over about 14(!) years, counting from the test formation built by Kawasaki in September 1983 to the single 6th generation formation built by Kinki in August 1997. These two were the end cars of the last 4th generation formation, built by Nippon Sharyo, in June 1992. I would not have thought that they were so old. http://railf.jp/news/2015/02/22/160000.html and Kumamoto Dentetsu is installing the Kawasaki EF-Wing trucks, video by Toshiyuki Saiba You're not getting me under that thing...
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