153 series

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153 series
A JNR 153 series EMU in "Shonan" livery on a Tokaido Main Line Izu service
In service1958-1983
Number built630 vehicles
Number in serviceNone
Line(s) servedTokaido Main Line
Car body constructionSteel
Car length20 m (65 ft 7 in)
Width2,900 mm (9 ft 6 in)
Doors2 per side
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC
Current collection methodoverhead catenary
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 153 series (153系, 153-kei) was an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) from 1958 until 1983.[1]



The first trains, initially classified 91 series (91系), entered revenue service on 1 November 1958 on Hiei semi express services operating on the Tokaido Main Line between Tokyo and Nagoya. They were renumbered into the JNR three-digit classification system from 1 June 1959.[1]

From 1972, 153 series sets were introduced on Special Rapid services in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area to compete against private railway operators.[1] These were replaced by 117 series EMUs by the end of 1980.[1]

The last sets remained in service on Tokaido Main Line Hiei and Tokai services until March 1983.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e 写真とイラストで見る国鉄急行型電車のすべて [JNR Express EMUs in pictures] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Ltd. 29 November 2013. pp. 22–31. ISBN 978-4-7770-1532-0.