Tokyu 5000 series
A 5000 series and a 5200 series train on the Tokyu Toyoko Line in March 1980
In service1954–1986
ManufacturerTokyu Car
Entered serviceOctober 16, 1954
Number built105 cars
Formation3–6 cars per trainset
Operator(s)Tokyu Corporation
Various local private railways
Car length18,000 mm (59 ft 1 in)
Doors3 per side
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC overhead lines
Current collector(s)Pantograph
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Tokyu 5000 series (東急5000系, Tōkyū 5000-kei) was an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the private railway operator Tokyu Corporation in Japan from 1954 until 1986.[2]



The trains were formed as three-car sets, and were later lengthened to up to six cars per trainset.[2]


The interior consisted of longitudinal seating.[3] The heat of the resistors could be used to heat the passenger compartments.[3]


The trains entered service on October 16, 1954.[4] A total of 105 cars were built by Tokyu Car from 1954 to 1959.[2] Toyoko Line services operated with 5000 series trains ended in March 1980.[2]

The 5000 series was withdrawn from Meguro Line services in June 1986, and the trains were retired after a farewell run in July 1986.[2]

New Tokyu 5000 series set 5122 received a green vinyl wrapping livery in September 2017, reminiscent of the original 5000 series' livery.[5]

Other operators

About 70 former Tokyu 5000 series vehicles were transferred to other operators.[2] Transfer of former 5000 series trains to Nagano Electric Railway began in 1977.[2] They were also operated by Gakunan Railway, Ueda Electric Railway, Matsumoto Electric Railway, Fukushima Kotsu, and Kumamoto Electric Railway.[4]

Preserved examples


  1. ^ "TS-301/岳南鉄道5000系" [TS-301 / Gakunan Railway 5000 series]. (in Japanese). Neko Publishing. October 12, 2005. Archived from the original on January 30, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "梅雨空の下、蘇る「青ガエル」の記憶" [The memory of the green frog revived under the rainy season sky]. (in Japanese). Mynavi Corporation. June 17, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Miyata, Michikazu; Hirooka, Yuki (2014). 東急電鉄まるごと探見 [Explore the entire Tokyu Corporation] (in Japanese). JTB Publishing. pp. 49–52. ISBN 9784533096945.
  4. ^ a b "東急東横線90周年祝い、5050系に「青ガエル」ラッピング 9/4登場" [Tokyu Toyoko Line 90th Anniversary celebration, "green frog" wrapping on 5050 series, 9/4 appearance]. (in Japanese). EXPRESS Co., Ltd. August 26, 2017. Archived from the original on July 27, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  5. ^ "東急5000系「青ガエルラッピング電車」の運転開始" [Tokyu 5000 series enters service in "green frog" wrapping livery]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. September 5, 2017. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  6. ^ Kinoshita, Kenji (February 10, 2020). "東急旧5000系「青ガエル観光案内所」6月上旬に秋田県大館市へ移設" [Old Tokyu 5000 series "Green Frog Tourist Information Center" relocated to Odate City, Akita Prefecture in early June]. (in Japanese). Mynavi Corporation. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2020.