Odakyu 3000 series SE

Odakyu 3000 series SE

Odakyu 3000 series SE/SSE
Preserved Odakyu 3000 series SE at Ebina depot (October 2007)
In service 1957–1991
Family name Romancecar
Formation 8/5 cars per set
Operator(s) Odakyu Electric Railway
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead lines
Safety system(s) OM-ATS, ATS-S
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Preserved Odakyu 3000 series SSE at Ebina depot (October 2007)

The Odakyu 3000 series (小田急3000形 Odakyū 3000-gata) or SE (Super Express), later becoming SSE (Short Super Express), was a "Romancecar" electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the Odakyu Electric Railway in the Tokyo area of Japan. It was the recipient of the inaugural Blue Ribbon Award presented by the Japan Railfan Club in 1958.


The 3000 series trains were articulated with shared bogies, six of which were motored.[1]


8-car 3000 series SE

The original 8-car "SE" sets were formed as shown below.[1]

Designation M1c M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8c
Weight (t) 24.87 17.19 16.00 16.28 15.13 15.75 17.44 24.34
Seating capacity 52 40 38 44 44 38 40 52

The M2 and M7 cars were each fitted with one PT42-K lozenge-type pantograph.[1]



Service first started in 1957 with the SE trainset, which, on a trial run, attained the world speed record at the time (145 km/h) for a narrow gauge train. This record gave impetus for the design of the first Shinkansen, the 0 Series. The 50th anniversary of the Romancecar's narrow gauge world speed record was celebrated on 28 September 2007.[2]

The trains were reformed from eight cars to five in 1968, becoming the 3000 series SSE (Short Super Express).

The SE trains were in service from 1957 to 1968, and the SSE from 1968 to 1991.


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