169 series in Shonan livery, July 1982
|Number in service||9 vehicles (3 sets)|
JR East (1987-1996)
Shinano Railway (1997-2013)
|Maximum speed||110 km/h (70 mph)|
|Traction system||Resistor control|
|Power supply||1,500 V DC overhead|
|Multiple working||165 series|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The 169 series (169系?) is an express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1969 by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and currently operated by the Shinano Railway in Nagano Prefecture in Japan. This EMU was developed from the 165 series EMUs.
Interior of Mitaka Depot set modified with reclining seats for use on Shinkansen Relay rapid services, 2001
As of 1 April 2012, the third-sector operator Shinano Railway operates a fleet of three 3-car 169 series sets (numbered S51 to S53) formerly operated by JR East. These operate on services between Karuizawa and Togura Stations. These sets are scheduled to be withdrawn from regular service in April 2013, with final runs on 29 April 2012, although they may continue to be used on special charter services from May 2013.
The 3-car sets operated by Shinano Railway are formed as shown below, with two motored cars (KuMoHa and MoHa) and one trailer car (KuHa).
|Numbering||KuMoHa 169||MoHa 168||KuHa 169|
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