Musashino Line JR 205 Series: New Arrival in Jakarta from Tokyo

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The Musashino Line JR 205 Series is the latest bulk order by PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia with 336 train cars ordered, 8 cars per train set, so that’s an additional 42 sets of 8-car trains arriving, to be reformed to 12-car sets. I’ve tried these classic trains in Japan already, so it’s great to know that they’ve made it to their new home without a hitch.

The effect of the new arrivals of the Musashino Line JR 205 Series can already be seen with the closer headways of up to 3 minutes as of the latest timetable revision (Gapeka 2019) since 1 December 2019. Nevertheless, it still takes some time for all the trains to arrive, so I was lucky when there were some new arrivals on my trip in November.

NOTE: Tanjung Priok is an unofficial no-photography zone. I had been given special permission by the station master and staff to take photos only of the trains in Tanjung Priok and Musashino Line JR 205 Series. Thank you to the staff at Tanjung Priok on this special once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

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Welcome to your new home in Jakarta, Indonesia, Musashino Line JR 205 Series.

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The Musashino Line JR 205 Series destination sign reads as ジャカルタ Jakarta, the last and special destination sign in Japan when it gets changed from the usual dead running or 回送 just before delivery from the depot to the port.

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The black JR sticker has already been stripped away from the Musashino Line JR 205 Series.

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The delivery bill of each Musashino Line JR 205 Series train car as stuck on the window.

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The original Japanese door sticker remains. I wonder if it will once the Musashino Line JR 205 Series train starts running though.

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The scrolling blind signs at the side of the train cars still read as 回送.

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Most doors have been taped up, probably to prevent any sea spray or moisture from entering and damaging the train car when travelling from Japan to Indonesia.

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I hope PT KCI replaces this unit with good proper air-conditioning instead.

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The motor car weighs almost 6 tonnes more than the trainer car.

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The Musashino Line JR 205 Series train at Tanjung Priok.

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The Musashino Line JR 205 Series train must be confused by these other strange Japanese trains that it had never met before.

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The KRL Tanjung Priok Line operates with 8-car trains ever since the KfW i9000 sets went back to INKA. (Those will reappear on the new KRL Solo-Jogja Line.)

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A cleaner shot of the Musashino Line JR 205 Series after the Tokyo Metro 6000 Series had departed for Jakarta Kota.

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Yup, I sacrificed an additional 30 minutes of my time just to take more pictures of the Musashino Line JR 205 Series.

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A better shot of the Musashino Line JR 205 Series train with the classic Tanjung Priok Railway Station as a unique backdrop.

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I hope PT KCI doesn’t repaint the Musashino Line JR 205 Series train too fast, but that’s never going to happen.

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Original equipment still bearing the old logo of Toshiba – proving how lasting Japanese products are.

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The Musashino Line JR 205 Series at Tanjung Priok.

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The arriving Tokyo Metro 05 Series at Tanjung Priok – making the Musashino Line JR 205 Series even more confused.

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Ever since the frequency increase to a constant 30 minutes headway on the KRL Tanjung Priok Line, demand for train travel to Tanjung Priok has surged significantly. Hopefully, PT KCI will lengthen the service hours and reduce headways further should there be even higher increasing demand.

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The setting sun as I get ready to depart from Tanjung Priok.

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The Musashino Line JR 205 Series and Tokyo Metro 05 Series oddly parallel together. The only time these type of sets meets in Japan is perpendicularly on different levels at Nishi-Funabashi Station.

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Here, I got on the Tokyo Metro 05 Series back to Jakarta Kota.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the Musashino Line JR 205 Series in Jakarta in its almost-original state as the current speed of converting trains for KRL usage is annoyingly fast, perhaps too fast in fact, to spot the newly-delivered trains in some original Japanese configuration or colours. Oh well, I’ll just look forward to the ever-increasing frequency of the KRL Commuterline with their unending orders of trains from Japan.

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