A pair of 107-100 series sets on the Ryomo in March 2016
|In service||1988 – October 2017|
|Built at||Koriyama, Niitsu, Nagano, Omiya, Oi, Ofuna|
|Number built||54 vehicles (27 sets)|
|Number in service||None|
|Formation||2 cars per trainset|
|Car body construction||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||100 km/h (60 mph)|
|Traction system||Resistor control|
|Electric system(s)||1,500 V DC|
|Current collection method||Overhead catenary|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
- 107-0 series: 8 x two-car sets formerly used on Nikko Line services (until March 2013)
- 107-100 series: 19 x two-car sets formerly used on Ryomo Line, Agatsuma Line, Joetsu Line, and Shinetsu Main Line services
The 107 series trains were the first EMUs to be built by JR East following the splitting of the former Japanese National Railways (JNR), and reused components such as bogies and air-conditioning units from withdrawn 165 series EMUs.
Eight two-car sets (sets N1 to N8) were allocated to Oyama Depot for use on Nikko Line local services. The units entered service on 1 June 1988, and were originally painted in a livery designed by a Tochigi high school student, featuring large green "N" logos on a cream base. A new "retro" livery of brown and cream was introduced from March 2009, with the last train in original livery running until 17 January 2010. The 107-0 series sets were withdrawn from service on the Nikko Line on 15 March 2013.
The two-car 107-0 series trainsets, N1 to N8, were formed as follows with one motored car.
|Numbering||KuMoHa 107||KuHa 106|
The build details and fleet histories for the eight 107-0 series sets are as follows.
|Set No.||Factory||Date delivered||Date withdrawn|
|N1||Ofuna||16 May 1988||5 June 2013|
|N2||Omiya||19 May 1988||5 June 2013|
|N3||Oi||1 July 1988||29 June 2013|
|N4||Ofuna||16 August 1988||5 June 2013|
|N5||Omiya||20 August 1988||29 June 2013|
|N6||Oi||19 September 1988||29 June 2013|
|N7||Niitsu||27 October 1988||29 June 2013|
|N8||Ofuna||30 September 1988||5 June 2013|
Nineteen 2-car sets (R1 to R19) were delivered to Takasaki Depot between November 1988 and February 1991 for use on Ryomo Line, Agatsuma Line, Joetsu Line, and Shinetsu Line local services. The livery is all-over cream with green and pink lining. Sets from R6 onwards have no door pocket windows.
The two-car 107-100 series trainsets, R1 to R19, are formed as follows with one motored car.
|Numbering||KuMoHa 107-1xx||KuHa 106-1xx|
The build details and fleet histories for the 19 107-100 series sets are as follows.
|Set No.||Factory||Date delivered||Date withdrawn||Remarks|
|R1||Ofuna||30 November 1988||1 November 2017|
|R2||Omiya||30 November 1988||14 July 2016|
|R3||Oi||1 February 1989||21 April 2017|
|R4||Omiya||28 February 1989||21 April 2017|
|R5||Niitsu||23 March 1989||21 April 2017|
|R6||Omiya||11 September 1989|
|R7||Oi||30 September 1989||3 October 2017||Resold to Joshin Electric Railway|
|R8||Niitsu||20 October 1989||3 October 2017||Resold to Joshin Electric Railway|
|R9||Nagano||20 October 1989||21 April 2017|
|R10||Omiya||29 November 1989||22 June 2017|
|R11||Ofuna||27 December 1989||22 June 2017|
|R12||Omiya||28 February 1990||14 July 2016|
|R13||Oi||23 February 1990|
|R14||Ofuna||29 March 1990|
|R15||Koriyama||6 March 1990||12 October 2017||Resold to Joshin Electric Railway|
|R16||Omiya||10 September 1990||12 October 2017||Resold to Joshin Electric Railway|
|R17||Oi||12 November 1990||22 June 2017|
|R18||Niitsu||26 December 1990||14 July 2016|
|R19||Omiya||1 March 1991||14 July 2016|
Withdrawal and resale
The 107-100 series trainsets were gradually replaced by reformed four-car 211 series EMUs from 2016, and from the start of the 4 March 2017 timetable revision, were removed from use on the Joetsu Line (except for between Takasaki and Shin-Maebashi), Shinetsu main Line, and Agatsuma Line, with one pair of sets remaining in use on the Ryomo Line. By 1 July 2017, eight sets remained on the books, with just two of these, R7 and R8, actually operational. The last remaining sets were withdrawn from service in late September 2017, with a few special runs in early October held to mark their withdrawal; following this, the 107 series was officially withdrawn.
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