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The 211 series (211系, 211-kei) is a suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1985 by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and currently operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and formerly also operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR-West) in Japan.

211 series
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JR East 211 series set on a Takasaki Line service in May 2007
ManufacturerHitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation
Replaced113 series, 115 series
Constructed1985–1991
Entered serviceMarch 1986
Scrapped2012–Present
Number built1,914 vehicles
Number in service849 vehicles (as of 2018)
Operator(s)
Specifications
Car body constructionStainless steel
Steel (JR-West version)
Car length20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width2,966 mm (9 ft 8.8 in)
Doors3 pairs per side
Maximum speed110 km/h
(JR-West 120 km/h)
Traction systemResistor control + field system superimposed field excitation control
Acceleration1.7 km/h/s
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC
Current collection methodOverhead catenary
BogiesDT50B (motored), TR235B (trailer)(211-0/1000/2000/3000 series)
TR235G (SaRo 213/SaRo 212)
C-DT56 (motored), C-TR241 (trailer) (211-5000/6000 series)
WDT50B (KuMoRo 211/MoRo 210)
Multiple working311/313 series
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

DesignEdit

The 211 series was developed by JNR to replace older 113 series and 115 series trains. The 211 series incorporated regenerative brakes and stainless body construction.

VariantsEdit

  • 211-0 series (basic version with transverse seating)
  • 211-1000 series (cold region version with transverse seating)
  • 211-2000 series (basic version with all longitudinal seating)
  • 211-3000 series (cold region version with all longitudinal seating)
  • 211-5000 series (JR Central version)
  • 211-6000 series (JR Central version with single motored car)
  • Joyful Train variants (JR-West version)

OperationsEdit

211-0, 211-2000 seriesEdit

 
211 series in original JNR livery in August 1988

211-1000, 211-3000 seriesEdit

 
211-3000 series in Chiba area livery in October 2006
 
211-3000 series in Nagano area livery in March 2013

211-5000, 211-6000 seriesEdit

 
211-5000 series in Shizuoka area livery in June 2008

Joyful Train setsEdit

 
Joyful Train 211 series in JR-West Livery in January 2007
  • Super Saloon Yumeji: Three-car set converted from 211 and 213 series coaches which entered service in 1988 and withdrawn in March 2010. Operated by JR-West and based at Okayama Depot.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • JR全車輌ハンドブック2006 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006. ISBN 978-4-7770-0453-9.
  • JR電車編成表 '07冬号 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2007] (in Japanese). Japan: JRR. December 2006. ISBN 978-4-88283-046-7.
  1. ^ a b c 上越線・吾妻線で211系の営業運転開始 [211 series enter service on Joetsu Line and Agatsuma Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "10/21, 房総211系, 営業運転開始" [Boso 211 series enter service]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). 47 (549): 179. January 2007.
  3. ^ 飯田線での長野色115系運用終了,211系運用開始 [Nagano-livery 115 series withdrawn from Iida Line; 211 series introduced]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.

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