215 series

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215 series
215 Zushi to Shinagawa at Shin-Kawasaki 20020713.jpg
215 series in July 2002
In service 1992–Present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Nippon Sharyo
Family name Double Decker Liner
Constructed 1992–1993
Number built 40 vehicles (4 sets)
Number in service 40 vehicles (4 sets)
Formation 10 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers NL1–4
Operator(s) JR East
Depot(s) Tamachi
Car body construction Stainless steel
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,900 mm (9 ft 6 in)
Doors 2 per side
Maximum speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Traction system Resistor control + field system superimposed field excitation control
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Current collection method PS24 pantograph
Safety system(s) ATS-SN, ATS-P
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 215 series (215系) is a bilevel suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in the Kantō region of Japan since 1992.[1]


The trains were built jointly by Hitachi and Nippon Sharyo.[2]


All sets consist of 10 cars with only the two cars at each end motored. Cars 4 and 5 are "Green" (first class) cars.[3]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Designation Mc M'D TD TSD TSD TD TD TD M'D Mc
Numbering KuMoHa 215 MoHa 214 SaHa 215-200[* 1] SaRo 214 SaRo 215 SaHa 214 SaHa 214 SaHa 215-100[* 2] MoHa 214-100 KuMoHa 215-100
  1. ^ Car 3 of Set NL1 is numbered SaHa 215-2.
  2. ^ Car 8 of Set NL1 is numbered SaHa 215-1.



The first trainset was delivered in March 1992, and entered service from 4 April 1992[3] on Tōkaidō Main Line daytime Acty rapid services and evening Shōnan Liner services. Three more sets were delivered in October 1993.[3]

From December 2001, the 215 series fleet was removed from Tōkaidō Line Acty services, and reassigned to new Shōnan-Shinjuku Line services between Shinjuku and Yokosuka. Their use on Shōnan-Shinjuku Line services continued until 16 October 2004,[3] from which date all Shōnan-Shinjuku Line services were standardized with E231 series rolling stock.

From October 2004 onward, scheduled services using 215 series stock were limited to a small number of weekday Home Liner services, with only occasional holiday weekend workings, such as the Holiday Rapid View Yamanashi.[3]


  1. ^ JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. pp. 267–268. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. 
  2. ^ Saka, Masahiro (March 2014). "JR第1世代の車両・現況と概要" [JR 1st-generation rolling stock: Current situation and overview]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 43 (359): 23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e JR電車編成表 2011夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2011]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 80. ISBN 978-4-330-21211-1. 

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