169 series

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169 series
JNR 169 myouko 3.jpg
169 series in Shonan livery, July 1982
In service 1969–present
Number in service 9 vehicles (3 sets)
Operator(s) JNR (1969-1987)
JR East (1987-1996)
Shinano Railway (1997-2013)
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Traction system Resistor control
Power supply 1,500 V DC overhead
Bogies DT32, TR69
Multiple working 165 series
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 169 series (169系?) is an express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1969 by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and currently operated by the Shinano Railway in Nagano Prefecture in Japan. This EMU was developed from the 165 series EMUs.


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Shinano Railway[edit]

As of 1 April 2012, the third-sector operator Shinano Railway operates a fleet of three 3-car 169 series sets (numbered S51 to S53) formerly operated by JR East. These operate on services between Karuizawa and Togura Stations.[1] These sets are scheduled to be withdrawn from regular service in April 2013, with final runs on 29 April 2012, although they may continue to be used on special charter services from May 2013.[2]


The 3-car sets operated by Shinano Railway are formed as shown below, with two motored cars (KuMoHa and MoHa) and one trailer car (KuHa).[1]

Numbering KuMoHa 169 MoHa 168 KuHa 169

The MoHa 168 car is fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 私鉄車両編成表 2012 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2012]. Japan: JRR. July 2012. p. 91. ISBN 978-4-330-29911-2. 
  2. ^ "Last Run" (pdf). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Shinano Railway. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 

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