255 series

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255 series
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A 255 series EMU on a Shiosai limited express service, August 2010
In service 1993–Present
Manufacturer Kinki Sharyo, Tokyu Car
Family name Bōsō View Express
Replaced 183 series
Constructed 1993–1994
Number built 45 vehicles (5 trainsets)
Number in service 45 vehicles (5 trainsets)
Formation 9 cars per trainset
Operator(s) JR East
Depot(s) Makuhari
Line(s) served Sōbu Main Line, Sotobō Line, Uchibō Line
Car body construction Steel
Car length 21,000 mm (68 ft 11 in) (end cars)
20,500 mm (67 ft 3 in) (intermediate cars)
Width 2,946 mm (9 ft 8.0 in)
Height 3,785 mm (12 ft 5.0 in)
Doors 1 sliding door per side
Maximum speed 130 km/h (80 mph)
Traction system VVVF Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor
Power output 95 kW x 16 = 1,520 kW
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC overhead
Bogies DT56E (motored), TR241E (trailer)
Safety system(s) ATS-P, ATS-SN
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 255 series (255系?), or Bōsō View Express (房総ビューエクスプレス?), is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan. It was introduced into commercial service on 2 July 1993,[1] and was specifically designed to serve on Limited express services from Tokyo to the Bōsō Peninsula.


The trains were built jointly by Kinki Sharyo and Tokyu Car,[2] with a steel body design based directly on the earlier 253 series EMUs built for Narita Express services, although the window height was increased by 100 mm.[3] It is the first JR East limited express rolling stock to feature VVVF Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor traction control system, based on the results of trials with the prototype 209 series commuter EMUs.[3]

DT56E bogies are used on motored cars, and TR241E bogies are used on trailer cars.[3]


Sōbu Main Line[edit]

Sotobō Line[edit]


The five 9-car sets, numbered Be01 to Be05, are formed as shown below, with car 1 at the Tokyo end. Trains consist of four motored "MoHa" and five "KuHa", "SaHa", and "SaRo" trailer cars.[1][3]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Designation Tc' M2 M1 Ts T2 T1 M2 M1 Tc
Numbering KuHa 254 MoHa 254 MoHa 255 SaRo 255 SaHa 254 SaHa 255 MoHa 254 MoHa 255 KuHa 255
Weight (t) 31.1 35.7 33.6 29.2 28.1 27.3 35.7 33.6 31.7
Seating capacity 64 64 68 42 58 64 64 68 52

Cars 2 and 8 are each equipped with one PS26A scissors-type pantograph.[1]

Passenger facilities[edit]

  • Green (first class) car: Car 4
  • Toilets: Cars 2, 4, 5, 7, 9
  • Wheelchair space: Car 5
  • Telephone: Car 4


Seating is arranged 2+2 abreast in both standard class and Green class, with a seat pitch of 970 mm (38 in) in standard class, and a seat pitch of 1,160 mm (46 in) in Green class.[3]


A 255 series set on a Sazanami service, with original front-end skirt design, March 2008

The first two sets, Be01 and Be02, were delivered in March and April 1993, entering revenue service from 2 July 1993 on View Wakashio and View Sazanami limited express services.[4] Three more sets, Be03 to Be05, were delivered in October and November 1994.[4]

From the start of the revised timetable on 12 December 2000, the Green car (car 4) was made entirely no smoking.[4]

The destination indicators on the sides of cars were changed from the original roller blind type to LED indicators between October and November 2005.[4]

From the start of the revised timetable on 10 December 2005, View Wakashio and View Sazanami services were renamed simply Wakashio and Sazanami, and 255 series sets were also introduced on Shiosai services.[4] All cars were made no-smoking from this date.[4]

The front-end skirt design was modified during 2010.[1]

See also[edit]

  • E257 series, also used on Bōsō limited express services


  1. ^ a b c d JR電車編成表 2012冬 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2012]. Japan: JRR. October 2011. p. 50. ISBN 978-4-330-25611-5. 
  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): 22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Nomoto, Hiroshi (July 1993). "255系特急形直流電車" [255 series DC limited express EMU]. Railway Journal. Japan: Tetsudō Journal (321): 82–89. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g JR電車編成表 2009夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2009]. Japan: JRR. June 2009. p. 48. ISBN 978-4-330-06909-8. 

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