Romancecar lineup

The Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar" features four models from Type 7000 (LSE) introduced in 1980 to Type 60000 (MSE) introduced in 2008. Their elegant designs are mush loved by travelers. Types 50000 (VSE) and 7000 (LSE) are especially popular for their observation seats in the first cars. To ensure you travel in the utmost comfort, the different car types offer different kinds of seating.

Type 60000 (MSE)

Type 60000

The cars are painted a Vermeer blue that shines brightly even underground, with a vermillion-orange band that symbolizes the Romancecar series. The train interior is elegantly designed with LED lighting and wine-red carpets.
A selection of amenities are provided for your comfort, including multipurpose restrooms open to all passengers. To ensure a quiet ride, totally-enclosed type traction motors are fitted to reduce noise.

This model was introduced in March 2008 as the first Limited express train with reserved seats for service on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line.
On weekdays it runs as a business Limited express linking the Otemachi area with Hon-Atsugi/Karakida. On weekdays and holidays it runs as a sightseeing superexpress linking Kitasenju and Hakone-Yumoto.

  • Went into service on March 15, 2008
  • Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. was awarded the Commendation Prize in the rolling stock category at the 10th Brunel Awards, a prominent international design competition.
  • In 2008, it won a Good Design Award from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.
  • Winner of the Blue Ribbon Award 2009

Type 50000 (VSE)

Type 50000

This seventh model in the new Romancecar series, called VSE (Vault Super Express), incorporates the latest technology to increase your comfort. For example, the dome-shaped ceilings are 2.55 meters high, a full 45 centimeters more than the Type 10000 Romancecar, the observation deck seats and super-wide windows offer comfortable uninterrupted views of the incredible sights, and make for an unforgettable ride.
The car livery is a gentle silky white with a vermillion-orange band, carrying over the signature Romancecar color. The band positioned high up under the car windows gives a feeling of excitement and dynamism.
Car No. 3 has three saloon compartments seating a total of 12 passengers.

  • Went into service on March 19, 2005
  • Winner of the Good Design Award 2005
  • Winner of the Blue Ribbon Award 2006
  • Winner of the Design for Asia Award 2006 Grand Award
  • Winner of the iF product design award 2007

Type 30000 (EXE)

Type 30000

EXE, the name of the 6th model in the new Romancecar series, stands for Excellent Express. The EXE 10-car train is 200 meters long and has a greatly increased passenger capacity. The EXE's sophisticated design, livery and comfortable interiors are just right for the Romancecar, which is popular not just for sightseeing but is also used by many businesspeople for their daily commute. The EXE can be configured into six- and four-car sections for added operational flexibility. EXE is the first Romancecar to adopt the single-arm pantograph.

  • Went into service in 1996

Type 7000 (LSE)

Type 7000

  • Went into service in 1980
  • Winner of the Blue Ribbon Award 1981
  • LSE went into service in 1980.
  • This type basically follows the design of the NSE cars, but modifications have been made to the car front, driver's instrument console and control and braking mechanisms. The passenger car entrances now have automated folding doors.
  • Winner of the Blue Ribbon Award in 1981.

The Brunel Awards:
An international competition to select recent outstanding achievements in railroad architecture, railroad vehicle designs and other railroad-related categories. The competition is held once every 2 to 4 years.

Good Design Award:
An overall design evaluation-recommendation system sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization. This is the only award of its type in Japan.

Blue Ribbon Award 2009:
Japan Railfan Club members have voted for the best train model from among the latest models in actual operation since last year.