An 183 series set on an additional
Minakami service, January 2008
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation, JR West
JR East (1987–Present)
JR West (1990–March 2013)
Car body construction
21,000 mm (68 ft 11 in) (end cars)
20,500 mm (67 ft 3 in) (intermediate cars)
2,946 mm (9 ft 8.0 in)
120 km/h (75 mph)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method overhead catenary
Dynamic brake, electro-pneumatic brake
( 1,067 mm 3 ft 6 in)
183 series ( is a Japanese 183系) limited express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1972 by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and currently operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), and formerly also operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). In terms of design, it is closely based on the late-model AC/DC 485 series, with minor cosmetic differences and DC-only drive.
The trains were built by
Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo, and Tokyu Car Corporation.
Current operations [ edit ]
JR East [ edit ]
A 183 series displaying on an
service, May 2001
Former operations [ edit ]
JR East [ edit ]
JR West [ edit ]
183 series on a
service at Osaka Station, September 2007
The 183 series trains operated by JR West were actually DC-only conversions of 485 series trainsets. They were used on limited-express services from
Kyoto and Shin-Osaka to the northern coast of Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures, as part of the "Kitakinki Big X Network". These trainsets were gradually phased out from spring 2011 in favor of the new 287 series, and completely removed from regular scheduled services by the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013.
References [ edit ]
[ JR全車両ハンドブック2006 JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006.
[ JR電車編成表 '07冬号 JR EMU Formations - Winter 2007]. Japan: JRR. December 2006. ISBN 4-88283-046-9.