KiHa 261 series

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KiHa 261 series
JR Hokkaido 261 series DMU 011.JPG
KiHa 261 series on a Super Sōya service, February 2010
In service 2000–Present
Manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries, JR Hokkaido
Constructed 1998–
Number under construction 28 vehicles
Number built 35 vehicles
Number in service 35 vehicles
Formation 4-6 cars per trainset
Operator JR Hokkaido
Depot(s) Naebo
Specifications
Car body construction Stainless steel
Car length 21,300 mm (69 ft 11 in) (intermediate)
21,470 mm (70 ft 5 in) (261-100 end)
21,670 mm (71 ft 1 in) (261-1000 end)
Width 2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in) (261-100)
2,928 mm (9 ft 7.3 in)(261-1000)
Height 4,012 mm (13 ft 2.0 in) (261-100)
3,982 mm (13 ft 0.8 in)(261-1000)
Doors 1 per side
Maximum speed 130 km/h (80 mph)
Prime mover(s) N-DMF13HZH (460 hp) x1 or 2 per car
Transmission Hydraulic
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The KiHa 261 series (キハ261系?) is a tilting diesel multiple unit (DMU) train type operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) on limited express services in Hokkaido, Japan, since 2000.[1]

Design[edit]

The running gear was based on the KiHa 201 series trains introduced in 1997, and the body design was a joint venture with the Danish State Railways (DSB).[2]

Fleet[edit]

As of 1 April 2013, 35 KiHa 261 series vehicles were in operation.[3] 14 were built by Fuji Heavy Industries, and 21 were built by JR Hokkaido.[3] A further 28 vehicles are on order to be delivered from fiscal 2015.[4]

Operations[edit]

KiHa 261 series trainsets are used on the following services.[1]

Formations[edit]

Super Sōya[edit]

Super Sōya services are normally formed of four-car KiHa 261-100 series sets, and are sometimes lengthened to six cars during busy periods.[5]

4-car formations[edit]

4-car sets are formed as follows.[5]

Car No. 1 2 3 4
Numbering KiRoHa 261-200 KiHa 260-200 KiHa 260-100 KiHa 261-100

6-car formations[edit]

6-car sets are formed by adding two cars as shown below. Car 1 (and car 21) includes Green (first) class and standard class accommodation.[5]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6
Numbering KiRoHa 261-200 KiHa 260-200 KiHa 260-100 KiHa 261-100 KiHa 260-100 KiHa 261-100
Car No. 21 22 1 2 3 4
Numbering KiRoHa 261-200 KiHa 260-200 KiRoHa 261-200 KiHa 260-200 KiHa 260-100 KiHa 261-100

Super Tokachi[edit]

4-car KiHa 261-1000 series set on a Super Tokachi service, August 2012

Super Tokachi services were originally formed of five-car KiHa 261-1000 series sets, but these were later reduced to four cars.[1]

The 4-car Super Tokachi sets are formed as follows.

Car No. 1 2 3 4
Numbering KiRo 261-1100 KiHa 260-1100 KiHa 260-1200 KiHa 261-1200

Interior[edit]

History[edit]

5-car KiHa 261-1000 series set as first introduced on Super Tokachi services, October 2007

A four-car pre-production set was delivered from Fuji Heavy Industries in November 1998 for evaluation and testing.[1][2] The first production trains were introduced on Super Sōya services between Sapporo and Wakkanai from the start of the revised timetable on 11 March 2000.[1]

New KiHa 261-1000 series 5-car sets were introduced on Super Tokachi services between Sapporo and Obihiro from October 2007.[1]

Future plans[edit]

A further 28 KiHa 261 series vehicles are scheduled to be delivered from fiscal 2015 onward, and these are not expected to be equipped with tilting capability.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 115. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4. 
  2. ^ a b JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. pp. 448–449. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. 
  3. ^ a b JR電車編成表 2014冬 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2014]. Japan: JRR. 1 December 2013. p. 391. ISBN 978-4-330-42413-2. 
  4. ^ a b 車体傾斜装置、取りやめ検討 JR北海道、15年度以降導入の28両 将来の高速化に足かせも [JR Hokkaido to abandon tilt: 28 vehicles on order from FY2015 may hinder future speed increases]. Doshin (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c JR気動車客車編成表 '04年版 [JR DMU & Coaching Stock Formations - 2004]. Japan: JRR. 1 July 2004. p. 16. ISBN 4-88283-125-2. 

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