E259 series

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E259 series
N’EX ;The Narita Express.JPG
A pair of E259 series sets on a Narita Express service in September 2010
In serviceOctober 2009 - Present
ManufacturerKinki Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation
Family nameN'EX
Replaced253 series
Number built132 vehicles (22 sets)
Number in service132 vehicles (22 sets)
Formation6 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersNe001–Ne022
Capacity290 (262 standard + 28 Green)
Operator(s)JR East
Car body constructionAluminium alloy[2]
Car length21,000 mm (68 ft 11 in) (end cars)
20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in) (intermediate cars)[3]
Width2,946 mm (9 ft 8.0 in)
Height3,655 mm (11 ft 11.9 in)
Doors2 per side
Maximum speed130 km/h (80 mph)[1]
Traction systemVariable frequency (IGBT)
Traction motorsMT75B x 4 per motor car
Acceleration2.0 km/h/s[3]
Deceleration5.2 km/h/s[3]
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC
Current collection methodPS33D single-arm pantographs
BogiesDT77 (motored), TR262 (trailer)
Safety system(s)ATS-P, ATS-SN[3]
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The E259 series (E259系) is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan since October 2009 on Narita Express limited express services to and from Narita International Airport.[4]


The design of the trains was overseen by industrial designer Kenji Ekuan.[5] Retracting gangway connections on the end cars allow two sets to be coupled together to form 12-car formations. Electrical and safety equipment is duplicated, as on the E233 series commuter trains, to improve safety and reliability. Active suspension on end cars and yaw dampers between all cars for improved ride comfort.[1] The MoHa E259-500 car is equipped with two pantographs, but one is for emergency use.[6]

Unlike the 253 series, the E259 series trains are not equipped with Automatic Train Control (ATC).


An E259 series set on a Marine Express Odoriko service in December 2012

The E259 series trains are used almost exclusively on Narita Express limited express services linking Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture with Tokyo and other stations in the Greater Tokyo area. E259 series trains are also used occasionally on seasonal Marine Express Odoriko services between Tokyo and Izukyū-Shimoda. One set, Ne002, is assigned to these services, and carries a logo sticker on the front and sides.[7]


The fleet consists of 22 six-car sets, consisting of four motored (M) cars and two trailer (T) cars, as shown below, with car 1 at the Tokyo end.[8][9]

Car No. 1/7 2/8 3/9 4/10 5/11 6/12
Designation Tc' M' M M' M Tsc
Numbering KuHa E258 MoHa E258 MoHa E259 MoHa E258-500 MoHa E259-500 KuRo E259
Weight (t) 38.4 38.0 36.5 38.0 37.0 38.9
Seating capacity 40 56 56 56 54 28

The "Tsc" cars are green (first class) cars. Cars 3 and 5 are equipped with PS33D single-arm pantographs (two on car 5).[9]


The DT77 (motored) and TR262 (trailer) bolsterless bogies are developed from the DT71 and TR255 bogies used on the E233 series EMUs.[10] The end bogies of the Tc driving cars are designated TR262, and the inner bogies of the Tc driving cars are designated TR262A.[10] All the bogies use tread brakes, and the trailer bogies additionally use disc brakes.[10] Wheel diameter is 860 mm, and the distance between wheel centres is 2,100 mm.[10]

Interior accommodation[edit]

The passenger compartment floor construction has been improved for reduced interior noise, and the height difference between coach and platform has been reduced by 50 mm compared with the earlier 253 series trains for ease of access.[8] Luggage storage areas feature lockable straps for security, and security cameras are installed in vestibule and luggage areas.[2] Luggage space is also provided beneath the seats. Electric power outlets are provided at each seat.[1]

Four ceiling-mounted passenger information display units are provided in each car. These feature two 17-inch screens on each side, displaying information in four languages (Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese).[1]

Ordinary class[edit]

Ordinary-class car interior
Ordinary-class seats

Ordinary-class cars have 2+2 abreast seating with forward-facing rotating/reclining seats. Seat pitch is 1,030 mm (41 in), compared to 980 mm (39 in) on earlier trains.[1]

Green class[edit]

Green-class car interior

Green (first class) cars have leather-covered forward-facing rotating/reclining seats also arranged in 2+2 configuration. Seat pitch is 1,160 mm (46 in).[1]


Sets Ne002 and Ne001 next to Jimmuji Station, Zushi, on delivery from Tokyu Car Corporation, April 2009

The first two sets, Ne001 and Ne002, were delivered to Kamakura Depot from Tokyu Car Corporation's Yokohama factory on 23 April 2009, with test running on the Sōbu Main Line commencing the same day.[11]

Nine E259 series sets entered revenue service on Narita Express services from 1 October 2009, with 10 out of 26 return workings daily operated by E259s.[12] By June 2010, they had completely replaced the 253 series EMUs formerly used on Narita Express services.[8]

Build details[edit]

The manufacturers and delivery dates for the fleet are as shown below.[13]

Set No. Manufacturer Date delivered
Ne001 Tokyu Car 23 April 2009
Ne002 Tokyu Car 23 April 2009
Ne003 Tokyu Car 26 May 2009
Ne004 Tokyu Car 26 May 2009
Ne005 Tokyu Car 2 July 2009
Ne006 Tokyu Car 2 July 2009
Ne007 Tokyu Car 19 August 2009
Ne008 Tokyu Car 19 August 2009
Ne009 Tokyu Car 17 September 2009
Ne010 Tokyu Car 17 September 2009
Ne011 Tokyu Car 22 October 2009
Ne012 Tokyu Car 22 October 2009
Ne013 Tokyu Car 18 March 2010
Ne014 Tokyu Car 18 March 2010
Ne015 Kinki Sharyo 17 March 2010
Ne016 Tokyu Car 30 March 2010
Ne017 Kinki Sharyo 7 April 2010
Ne018 Kinki Sharyo 21 April 2010
Ne019 Kinki Sharyo 14 May 2010
Ne020 Tokyu Car 18 May 2010
Ne021 Tokyu Car 18 May 2010
Ne022 Kinki Sharyo 9 June 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g ""成田エクスプレス"用新形車両 E259系" [New E259 series "Narita Express" trains]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 49 no. 579. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. July 2009. pp. 82–85.
  2. ^ a b "JR東日本 「成田エクスプレス」用 E259系" [JR East E259 series for "Narita Express"]. The Railway Pictorial. 59 (820): 116. July 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "JR東日本 E259系特急型直流電車 主要諸元表" [JR East E259 series limited express DC EMU: Main specifications chart]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō. 38 (304): 82. August 2009.
  4. ^ JR特急列車年鑑2013 [Limited Express Annual 2013]. Tokyo, Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. 20 December 2012. pp. 40–41. ISBN 978-4-86320-654-0.
  5. ^ "The Works of GK Design Group". GK Design Group Inc. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  6. ^ "N'EX 253系からE259系" [N'EX - from 235 to E259 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 49 no. 580. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. August 2009. pp. 18–21.
  7. ^ "E259系Ne002編成が横須賀線で試運転" [E259 series set Ne002 test run on Yokosuka Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "JR東日本 E259系特急型直流電車" [JR East E259 series limited express DC EMU]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō. 38 (303): 70–71. July 2009.
  9. ^ a b Kawabata, Akihito (September 2009). "E259系" [E259 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 49 no. 581. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. pp. 64–72.
  10. ^ a b c d "DT77 TR262 / JR東日本E259系" [DT77 TR262 / JR East E259 series]. Bogie Closeup (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  11. ^ RM News: "N'EX用新車・E259系落成" (24 April 2009). Retrieved on 24 April 2009. (in Japanese)
  12. ^ "E259系「成田エクスプレス号」10月から10往復程度が運用開始" [10 E259 series "Narita Express" workings to commence from October]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō. 38 (305): 74. September 2009.
  13. ^ "JR東日本 車両運用プロジェクト首都圏" [JR East Rolling Stock Usage Project (Tokyo Area)]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 50 no. 596. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. December 2010. p. 79.

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