201 series

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For the JR Hokkaido diesel multiple unit, see KiHa 201 series.
201 Series
Chūō Line 201 Series stock, May 2006
In service 1979 - Present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation
Refurbishment 2003–2007 (JR West)
Number built 1,018 vehicles
Number in service 224 vehicles
Number scrapped 793 vehicles
Operator(s) JNR (1979-1987)
JR East (1987-2011)
JR West (1987-Present)
Depot(s) Morinomiya
Line(s) served Osaka Loop Line, Yamatoji Line, Sakurai Line, Wakayama Line, Osaka Higashi Line
Car body construction Steel
Car length 20 m
Maximum speed 100 km/h (60 mph)
Traction system Thyristor chopper
Acceleration 2.5 km/h/s
Deceleration 3.5 km/h/s
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC overhead
Current collection method PS21 diamond-shaped pantograph
Braking system(s) Regenerative brake, electro-pneumatic brake
Safety system(s) ATS-S, ATS-SN, ATS-SW, ATS-B, ATS-P
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 201 series (201系?) is a commuter electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1979 by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and currently operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West), and formerly also operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

It was the first JNR train to use electronic chopper control.[1]


The 201 series stock has been used on a large number of lines.

JR West[edit]

JR East[edit]

Shikisai train[edit]

A 4-car 201 series set (W1) was modified in 2001 by JR East to become the special Shikisai (四季彩?) tourist train, entering service on the Ōme Line from 4 August 2001. This train featured panorama windows and transverse seating bays on one side of the train only. It was repainted into a new livery in June 2005.[4] The train was withdrawn from regular service at the end of June 2009, with a number of special finale runs scheduled for July.[5]


  • JR全車両ハンドブック2006 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006. 
  1. ^ "201系四半世紀の歩み". Japan Railfan Magazine 45 (526). February 2005. 
  2. ^ JR East news release: "「さよなら中央線201系」キャンペーン<第2弾>を開催します" (25 February 2010). Retrieved 17 June 2010. (Japanese)
  3. ^ 京葉線の201系が定期運用を終える [Keiyō Line 201 series withdrawn from regular service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  4. ^ JR電車編成表 2009夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2009]. Japan: JRR. June 2009. ISBN 978-4-330-06909-8. 
  5. ^ Japan Railfan Magazine: "201系「四季彩」,青梅線定期運用を終了" (28 June 2009). Retrieved on 28 June 2009. (Japanese)

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