717 series

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717 series
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JR Kyushu 717-200 series set, August 2003
In service March 1985–Present
Scrapped 2006–
Number built 46 vehicles (18 sets)
Number in service 4 vehicles (2 sets)
Number scrapped 42 vehicles (16 sets)
Formation 2/3 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers HK201–207
Operator JNR (1985–1987)
JR East (1987–2008)
JR Kyushu (1987–)
Depot(s) Kagoshima
Specifications
Car body construction Steel
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,946 mm (9 ft 8 in)
Doors 2 pairs per side
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Electric system(s) 20 kV AC 50 Hz (717-0/100 series)
20 kV AC 60 Hz (717-200/900 series)
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Coupling system 451 series, 453 series
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 717 series (717系?) is a Japanese AC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type first introduced by Japanese National Railways (JNR) in March 1985 and later operated on local services by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu).[1] The units were formed by converting former AC/DC dual-voltage 451 series, 453 series, 457 series, and 475 series EMUs.[1]

As of January 2013, only two 2-car 717-200 series sets remain in active service, with JR Kyushu.[2]

Variants[edit]

  • 717-0 series: 3-car 20 kV AC 50 Hz sets converted from former 451 series cars for use in the Sendai area
  • 717-100 series: 3-car 20 kV AC 50 Hz sets converted from former 451 and 453 series cars for use in the Sendai area
  • 717-200 series: 7 x 2-car 20 kV AC 60 Hz sets converted from November 1986 from former 475 series cars for use in Kyushu
  • 717-900 series: One 2-car 20 kV AC 60 Hz set converted from former 457 series cars for use in Kyushu

717-0 series[edit]

JR East 717-0 series set T3, November 2007

Five 3-car 20 kV AC 50 Hz sets were converted from former 451 series cars with new bodies for use in the Sendai area on Tohoku Main Line and Joban Line local services.[3]

These sets were painted cream ("Cream No. 10") with a green bodyside stripe.[4]

The last remaining set was withdrawn in August 2008.[5]

Formations[edit]

The five 3-car sets, numbered T1 to T5, were formed as follows.[4]

Designation Mc M' Tc'
Numbering KuMoHa 717 MoHa 716 KuHa 716

The MoHa 716 car was fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.[4]

Interior[edit]

These sets were made entirely no-smoking from 22 March 1997.[4]

Withdrawal dates[edit]

Set number Date withdrawn
T1 25 February 2008[6]
T2 11 August 2008[5]
T3 14 January 2008[6]
T4 14 January 2008[6]
T5 5 November 2007[6]

717-100 series[edit]

Five 3-car 20 kV AC 50 Hz sets converted from former 451 and 453 series cars with new bodies for use in the Sendai area on Tohoku Main Line and Joban Line local services.[3]

These sets were painted cream ("Cream No. 10") with a green bodyside stripe.[4]

Formations[edit]

The five 3-car sets, numbered T101 to T105, were formed as follows.[4]

Designation Mc M' Tc'
Numbering KuMoHa 717-100 MoHa 716-100 KuHa 716

The MoHa 716 car was fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.[4]

These sets were made entirely no-smoking from 22 March 1997.[4]

Withdrawal dates[edit]

Set number Date withdrawn
T101 14 January 2008[6]
T102 25 February 2008 2008[6]
T103 25 October 2006[7]
T104 5 November 2007[6]
T105 5 November 2007[6]

717-200 series[edit]

JR Kyushu 717-200 series set HK204, May 2006

7 x 2-car 20 kV AC 60 Hz sets were converted from former 475 series cars with new bodies from November 1986 at JNR's Kokura and Kagoshima factories for use in Kyushu.[1] The body design of these sets was identical to the earlier 713 series, with two pairs of sliding doors on each side.[1] Four sets (HK201 to HK204) were converted in fiscal 1986, and three more sets (HK205 to HK207) were converted in fiscal 1987.[2] The latter batch differed in having no door pocket windows.[2]

These sets were painted white with a blue bodyside stripe.[1]

As of January 2013, only sets HK203 and HK204 are in service, used on early morning and late night services only in the Kagoshima area, with all other sets withdrawn or stored pending withdrawal.[2]

Formations[edit]

The 2-car sets, numbered HK201 to HK207, are formed as follows.[8]

Designation Mc Mc'
Numbering KuMoHa 717-200 KuMoHa 716-200

The KuMoHa 716-200 car is fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.[8]

717-900 series[edit]

717-900 series set HK901, July 2008

One 2-car 20 kV AC 60 Hz set was converted from former 457 series cars in March 1995 for use in Kyushu, based at Kagoshima Depot.[2] The conversion work involved adding an additional pair of sliding doors in the centre of each side.[1]

Internally, some of the original transverse seating bays were replaced with longitudinal bench seating.[1]

The sole 717-900 series set was withdrawn in December 2010.[9]

Formation[edit]

The single 2-car set, HK901, was formed as follows.[1]

Designation Mc Mc'
Numbering KuMoHa 717-901 KuMoHa 716-901

KuMoHa 717-901 was converted from KuMoHa 457-14, and KuMoHa 716-901 was converted from former intermediate car MoHa 456-14 with the cab end from 455 series KuHa 455-601.[1]

Interior[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. p. 310. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Saka, Masahiro (February 2013). "JR九州近郊型電車の現況" [The current state of JR Kyushu outer-suburban EMUs]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 42 (346): p.14–31. 
  3. ^ a b JR全車輛ハンドブック1995 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 1995]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 1995. pp. 273–274. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h JR電車編成表 '98夏号 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 1998]. Japan: JRR. July 1998. p. 23. ISBN 4-88283-029-9. 
  5. ^ a b "JR車両のデータバンク" [JR rolling stock data bank]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 49 (579): Appendix 35. July 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "JR車両のデータバンク" [JR rolling stock data bank]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 48 (567): Appendix 36. July 2008. 
  7. ^ "JR車両のデータバンク" [JR rolling stock data bank]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 47 (555): Appendix 36. July 2007. 
  8. ^ a b JR電車編成表 2013冬 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2013]. Japan: JRR. November 2012. p. 230. ISBN 978-4-330-33112-6. 
  9. ^ "717系Hk901編成とHk6編成が小倉工場へ" [717 series set HK901 and HK6 sent to Kokura]. Japan Railfan Magazine Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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