119 series

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119 series
A 119-5300 series 2-car set, March 2008
In service 1983– March 2012
Constructed 1982–1983
Number built 57 vehicles
Number in service None
Formation Single car unit (119-5100 series)
2 cars per trainset (other series)
Operator JNR (1983–1987)
JR Central (1987–2012)
Depot(s) Ōgaki
Line(s) served Iida Line
Car body construction Steel
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,832 mm (9 ft 3.5 in)
Height 3,935 mm (12 ft 10.9 in)
Doors 3 pairs per side
Maximum speed 100 km/h (60 mph)
Traction system Resistor control
Power output 440 kW per motor car
Acceleration 2.8 km/h/s (single-car units)
1.6 km/h/s (2-car units)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Braking system(s) Dynamic brake, electro-pneumatic brake
Safety system(s) ATS-ST
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 119 series (119系?) was a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type which was operated on local services in Japan by Japanese National Railways (JNR) and later by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) between 1983 and March 2012.[1]


The 119 series design was based on the earlier 105 series EMU type, with improvements to cope with the steep gradients and winter climate of the Iida Line.[1]


  • 119-0 series (8 2-car sets, E10–17)
  • 119-100 series (single-car sets converted by adding a second driving cab)
  • 119-5000 series (9 2-car sets, E1–9, converted by adding inverter air-conditioning)
  • 119-5100 series (9 single-car sets, M1–9, converted from 119-100 series sets by adding inverter air-conditioning)
  • 119-5300 series (8 2-car sets, R1–8, converted from 119-5000 series sets for wanman driver-only operation)


The sets were formed as follows.[2]

119-0 series 2-car sets E10–17[edit]

Designation Mc Tc'
Numbering KuMoHa 119 KuHa 118

The KuMoHa 119 car was fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.

119-5000 series 2-car sets E1–9[edit]

119-5000 series set E8, February 2011
Designation Mc Tc'
Numbering KuMoHa 119-5000 KuHa 118-5000

The KuMoHa 119 car was fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.

119-5100 series single-car sets M1–9[edit]

Designation cMc
Numbering KuMoHa 119-5100

Each car was fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.

119-5300 series 2-car sets R1–8[edit]

119-5300 series set R5, June 2011
Designation Mc Tc'
Numbering KuMoHa 119-5300 KuHa 118-5300

The KuMoHa 119 car was fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.


Passenger accommodation consisted of a mixture of longitudinal bench seating and transverse 4-seat bays.[1] The KuHa 118 cars were equipped with a toilet.[2]

Livery variations[edit]

Set E4 was repainted into its original JNR era livery in August 2009.[2]


From 18 March 1983, all Iida Line services were made no-smoking.[2]

From 3 March 2001, Iida Line services were switched to wanman driver-only operation.[2]

The fleet was replaced by 213-5000 and 313-3000 series EMUs on the Iida Line, with the last train running on 31 March 2012.[3]

Following withdrawal, six 2-car 119 series sets were sold to the third sector railway operator Echizen Railway in Fukui Prefecture, where they were converted to become Echizen Railway 7000 series EMUs, entering service from February 2013.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 75. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e JR電車編成表 2009夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2009]. Japan: JRR. June 2009. ISBN 978-4-330-06909-8. 
  3. ^ "119系電車が引退" [119 series EMUs withdrawn]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "えちぜん鉄道7000形" [Echizen Railway 7000 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 53 (625): p.58–59. May 2013. 

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