115 series

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115 series
JR East 115-1000 Ryōmō-Line 6 cars.JPG
A 6-car 115 series formation in Shonan livery on the Ryōmō Line in March 2016
Constructed 1963–1983[1]
Entered service 1963
Refurbishment 1998– (for selected trains)
Number built 1,921[1]
Number preserved 1 vehicle
Depot(s) Toyoda
Car body construction Steel
Doors 3 pairs per side
2 pairs per side (115-3000 series)
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Traction system Resistor control
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC overhead
Braking system(s) Dynamic braking
Safety system(s) ATS-S, ATS-P
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 115 series (115系, 115-kei) is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type developed by Japanese National Railways (JNR) and now operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), West Japan Railway Company (JR-West), and the Shinano Railway.[2]


JR East[edit]

Currently used on the Agatsuma Line, Ryōmō Line, Chūō Main Line (East Line), Hakushin Line, Jōetsu Line, Ōito Line, Shinetsu Main Line, Shinonoi Line, Yahiko Line, and the Echigo Line. 115 series trains were also previously used on the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, Takasaki Line, and Utsunomiya Line.


Currently used on the Hakubi Line, Maizuru Line, Sagano Line, Sanin Main Line and the Sanyō Main Line

JR Central[edit]

Formerly used on the Minobu Line, Gotemba Line and the Tōkaidō Main Line. Sets owned by JR East currently operate on the JR Central Iida Line and Chūō Main Line (West Line).

Shinano Railway[edit]

Used on the Shinano Railway Line.


115-0 series[edit]

This is a cold-weather version of the earlier 113 series. The first examples were introduced from 1963 on the Takasaki Line out of Ueno.

115-300 series[edit]

Air-conditioned version introduced from 1973.

115-1000 series[edit]

Introduced from 1978 with increased seat pitch and improved cold-weather performance.

115-2000 series[edit]

Hiroshima,Shimonoseki and Shizuoka area version introduced in 1978. Specifications based on 115-1000 series.

115-3000 series[edit]

Two-door version introduced from November 1982 to replace 153 series EMUs on "Rapid" services in the Shimonoseki area.

115-3500 series[edit]

Former 117 series MoHa 117 and MoHa 116 two-door cars converted from May 1992 for use in the Okayama and Hiroshima areas.

115-6000 series[edit]

JR-West 2-car sets converted in 1999 by building new cabs at one end of former MoHa (non-driving motor) cars.

Livery variations[edit]

Special liveries[edit]

In January 2017, Niigata-based set N3 was repainted into the original "Niigata Livery" of red and yellow formerly carried by JNR 70 series EMU trains.[3]

In April 2017, Shinano Railway three-car set S7 was repainted into the original Nagano livery of cream and green as part of the Shinshu area promotional campaign to be held from July to September 2017.[4]

In September 2017, Niigata-based set N37 was repainted in the first "Niigata area" livery.[5]

Preserved examples[edit]

Former JR East end car KuMoHa 115 1061 is scheduled to be displayed at the Niigata City Niitsu Railway Museum in Niitsu, Niigata between July and September 2017.[6]


  1. ^ a b 115系電車のプロフィール [Profile of the 115 series EMU]. The Railway Pictorial. 59 (820): 10–32. July 2009. ISSN 0040-4047. 
  2. ^ Jēāru zensharyō handobukku: Rail Magazine 2009 JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. 
  3. ^ 115系N3編成が新潟車両センターへ [115 series set N3 moved to Niigata Depot]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 20 January 2017. Archived from the original on 21 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  4. ^ しなの鉄道 115系”初代長野色”運転開始 [Shinano Railway 115 series enters service in "original Nagano livery"]. Tetsudo Daiya Joho Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 46 no. 398. Japan: Kotsu Shimbun. June 2017. p. 73. 
  5. ^ 一次新潟色になった115系N37編成が新潟車両センターへ [115 series set N37 moved to Niigata Depot after repainting into first Niigata livery]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 23 September 2017. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  6. ^ 新津鉄道資料館 新規実物車輌展示 [New rolling stock exhibits at Niigata City Niitsu Railway Museum]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 7 June 2017. Archived from the original on 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 

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