Photo/IllutrationAn artist’s rendition of Tobu Railway’s new limited express Revaty (Provided by Tobu Railway Co.)

With an emphasis on flexibility, Tobu Railway Co. has given the nickname “Revaty” to its new 500 series trains that will start limited express services in spring 2017 for the first time in 26 years.

The Revaty limited express trains are scheduled to run on the Tobu Nikko Line and the Tobu Isesaki Line that wind through scenic locations north of Tokyo.

The nickname is a combination of the words “variety” and “liberty,” reflecting flexible operations that meet the various needs of passengers, the company said.

Tobu Railway will introduce eight of the three-car trains.

The key to the flexible services to multiple destinations will be the ease in coupling and decoupling the trains.

For example, two three-car Revaty trains coupled together can travel from Asakusa Station in Tokyo’s Taito Ward to Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen Station in Saitama Prefecture. From there, the train can be decoupled, and the two three-car trains can head to separate destinations: Tobu-Nikko Station in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, and Tatebayashi Station in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture.

“By offering railway services flexibly to meet the needs of passengers, we want as many people as possible to ride on Revaty for purposes varying from sightseeing to commuting,” a Tobu Railway official said.

Each three-car train will have a seating capacity of 161, and electrical outlets will be available at each seat.

To reflect the rich nature along the lines, the train body is mainly beige with a green stripe running on the side. A company run by industrial designer Kiyoyuki Okuyama oversaw the design.

Tobu Railway’s conventional limited express Spacia trains will continue to operate on the lines as usual.