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1937 nagoya railroad (meitetsu) 3400/2400-series car. SPTC601 Model 1 45

1937 Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) 3400/2400-series Car.

Ref.#: SPTC601
Scale: 1:45
Interurban car
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In 1936, prior to the Pan-Pacific Peace Exposition, which held in Nagoya between March and May 1937, the Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) ordered three streamlined two-car sets from Nippon Sharyo company. In February-March 1937 all three sets were delivered, numbered 3401-3403 (motor cars) and 2401-2403 (control trailers). They were one of the most modern Japanese cars of the time, having streamlined bodies with full skirting, cross seats (first used by Meitetsu), automatic acceleration system and regenerative braking (removed in 1957). Four 150 h.p. motors were fitted and the speed was more than 100 km/h. The new two-tone green paint scheme was applied. New cars were placed in service on the eastern part of the former Aichi Railroad between Jingumae (Nagoya) and Yoshida (Toyohashi) and were very popular, known as 'potato insect'. After the war, in 1950 Nagoya Railroad ordered 3 motorized trailers (numbered 3451-3453) from Nippon Sharyo and 3-car sets were formed. Finally, in 1953, three trailers, numbered 2451-2453 were delivered and starting from 1953 four-car sets were used. They were heavy modernized during their service life; in 1992 the sole remaining set 3401(ex-3403)/2401 was repainted to original two-tone green colors. In September 2001 it was withdrawn from service and in August 2002 made its last ran.
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