My Dear Friends,
I was born in 1930 in Tanaka Rolling Stock Works, which was the forerunner of the Kinki Sharyo Co., Ltd. I am the first coupled low floor tramcar in Japan. Since leaving my birthplace, I have spent my 72 years being loved, cherished, and cared for by countless people in Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd.. The time passed quickly by, and I was retired on February 8, 2002.
I would like to take this occasion to tell you about my good old days. I was fondly called "Den 5" in my childhood. Later I was commonly called "Mo 171" in Series Mo 161. I had fifteen brothers all having semi-steel bodies. Three of us (Mo 171-173) were also born in Tanaka Rolling Stock Works.
Before my birth, high-voltage motor current was routed directly from the overhead catenary and manually controlled by the master controller to the traction motors. However, I was different, in that my high voltage motor current was indirectly controlled by low voltage from the master controller. I improved high-voltage safety and service life in a revolutionary way.
Looking back over my life in service, I remember many happy memories as well as a few bitter memories caused by out-of-order sickness. My body (structure) and mind (system) have never changed over these years. They are the same ones with which I was born.
In my childhood, I ran on the Hirano Line, which was routed through a rapidly developing housing area. I, and my colleagues, served as a coupled multiple-unit train. We were one of the first low floor tramcars in service in Japan. This service ceased in 1960, and four years later our couplers were removed.
During World War II, I was in my teens, and experienced hardships similar to many other people at that time.
When I reached my twenties, my carbody was refurbished. My incandescent chandelier lights were replaced with fluorescent lights. Varnished interior panels were changed to painted panels.
When I reached middle age in 1976, I was transferred to the Hankai and Uemachi lines and worked as a one-man-operated tramcar. I continued to work even after I was over the age of 60 thanks to continuous maintenance. My brother Series Mo 161 began to retire from his career in 2001.
At last my retirement from daily service came on February 8, 2002. Since then I was able to instruct young fellows in the Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. Now, I will spend the rest of my life freely here at my birthplace, "Kinki Sharyo".
In celebration of my return home, I had my body painted in my original color.
Thank you for your generous patronage.
February 9, 2003
photo I. Amano
4,363L x 2,438W x 3,732Hmm
Distance Btwn Bogies