E127 series

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E127 series
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E127 series at Niigata Station, May 2008
In service 1995–Present
Manufacturer JR East, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Tokyu Car Corporation[1]
Constructed 1995–1998
Number built 50 vehicles
Number in service 50 vehicles (25 sets)
Formation 2 cars per trainset
Operator JR East
Depot(s) Niigata, Matsumoto
Car body construction Stainless steel
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in)
Doors 3 pairs per side
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Safety system(s) ATS-P, ATS-Ps
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The E127 series (E127系?) is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated on local services by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan since 1995. The design is derived from the 209 series commuter EMU.[2]


E127-0 series[edit]

Thirteen 2-car sets were delivered to Niigata Depot in March 1995 (sets V1 to V6) and November 1996 (sets V7 to V13) for use on Echigo Line, Hakushin Line, and Uetsu Main Line local services. They entered service on 8 May 1995.[1]


  1. KuMoHa E127 (with one PS30 pantograph)
  2. KuHa E126 (with toilet)

E127-100 series[edit]

Matsumoto-based E127-100 series set A8 on the Oito Line, August 2009

Twelve 2-car sets were delivered to Matsumoto Depot in November and December 1998 for use on Ōito Line and Shinonoi Line local services. They entered service on 8 December 1998.[1] The external styling differs from the earlier E127-0 series, resembling the 701 series design.[2] Sets A7 to A12 have a second de-icing pantograph on the KuHa trailer car.[1]


  1. KuMoHa E127 (with one PS34 pantograph)
  2. KuHa E126 (with toilet)


Future developments[edit]

Ten of the Niigata-based E127 series sets are scheduled to be transferred to the ownership of the third-sector railway operating company Echigo Tokimeki Railway for use on the newly named Myōkō Haneuma Line from March 2015 when JR East hands over ownership of the Shinetsu Main Line.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d JR電車編成表 2009夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2009]. Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. June 2009. ISBN 978-4-330-06909-8. 
  2. ^ a b JR全車輌ハンドブック2006 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006. ISBN 4-7770-0453-8. 
  3. ^ Mizutani, Keisuke (January 2015). E129系一般形直流電車 [E129 series DC EMU]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 55 (645): p.60. 

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