815 series

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815 series
JR Kyushu 815.jpg
815 series, September 2006
In service September 1999–Present
Manufacturer Hitachi, JR Kyushu
Family name Hitachi A-train
Replaced 423 series, 457 series, 475 series
Constructed 1999
Number built 52 vehicles (26 sets)
Number in service 52 vehicles (26 sets)
Formation 2 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers N001-N014, N016-N027
Operator(s) JR Kyushu
Depot(s) Kumamoto, Ōita
Car body construction Aluminium
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,950 mm (9 ft 8 in)
Doors 3 pairs per side
Maximum speed 120 km/h (75 mph)[1]
Electric system(s) 20 kV AC 60 Hz
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 815 series is an AC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated on local services by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) in Japan since 1999.[1]


The 815 series was the first aluminium-alloy EMU to be ordered by JR Kyushu, and was designed to be lighter than the earlier 813 series design. The trains were introduced on wanman driver only operation services, replacing ageing 423, 457, and 475 series rolling stock.[2]


A total of 26 2-car sets (52 cars) were delivered to Kumamoto and Ōita depots between May and October 1999.[3]

Kumamoto set N015 was renumbered N027 in February 2000.[3]


Numbering KuMoHa 815 KuHa 814

The KuMoHa 815 car is fitted with a PS401K single-arm pantograph.[3]


Seating is longitudinal throughout. The KuMoHa 815 car has a toilet, and the KuHa 814 car is fitted with a wheelchair space.[3]


  1. ^ a b JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. 
  2. ^ "813・815・817系の番台別特徴と輸送形態" [813/815/817 series subclass differences and operation details]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Japan: Kōyūsha. 50 (585): 56–61. January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. ISBN 978-4-330-14310-1.