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 West Japan Railway Company (JR-West), and the Shinano Railway.
|Entered service||March 1963|
|Refurbished||1998– (for selected 115 series trains)|
|Number built||1,921 vehicles |
|Number in service||315 vehicles (as of April 2021[update])|
|Number preserved||1 vehicle|
|Successor||E129 series, 211 series, 223 series, 227 series, E231-1000 series, 311 series, 313 series|
|Fleet numbers||A01 – A17, C13, C21, D01 – D31, G01 – G08, L01 – L22, L99, N01 – N21, O03 – O04, R01 – R05, T11 – T14, T1020, T1022, T1032, T1036 – T1041, T1043 – T1044, T1046, T1090 – T1091, T1133, T1142 – T1145, T1147, T1159|
|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 lines|
|Braking system(s)||Dynamic braking for retarder|
|Safety system(s)||ATS-S, ATS-P|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
JR East operated their last 115 series train on 11 March 2022. 115 series trains were previously used on the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line, Chuo Main Line(East Line), Shinonoi Line, Oito Line, Agatsuma Line, Ryomo Line, Joetsu Line, Shinetsu Main Line, Yahiko Line, and the Echigo Line.
Air-conditioned version introduced from 1973.
Introduced from 1978 with increased seat pitch and improved cold-weather performance.
Hiroshima, Shimonoseki and Shizuoka area version introduced in 1978. Specifications based on 115-1000 series.
Two-door version introduced from November 1982 to replace 153 series EMUs on "Rapid" services in the Shimonoseki area.
Former 117 series MoHa 117 and MoHa 116 two-door cars converted from May 1992 for use in the Okayama and Hiroshima areas.
JR-West 2-car sets converted in 1999 by building new cabs at one end of former MoHa (non-driving motor) cars.
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.
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.
In September 2017, Niigata-based set N37 was repainted in the first "Niigata area" livery.
Withdrawals first begun in 1985 following the introduction of 211 series. The 115 series were gradually phased out on some services. The first units were scrapped in 1987.
- 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.
- 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.
- "ＪＲ東115系がラストラン" [JR East 115 series last run]. 11 March 2022.
- "【しなの鉄道】7/3に115系S6・S23編成引退へ SR1系導入で 115系解体お持ち帰り会も実施・入場券発売 | Japan-railway.com". japan-railway.com (in Japanese). 2020-06-26. Archived from the original on 2020-07-07. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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