2-car Resort View Furusato set at Shinano-Ōmachi Station in December 2010
|In service||October 2010–|
|Manufacturer||JR East, Niigata Transys, Tokyu Car Corporation|
|Family name||Resort Hybrid|
|Number built||14 vehicles (5 sets)|
|Number in service||10 vehicles (4 sets)|
|Formation||2/4 cars per set|
|Depot(s)||Akita, Aomori, Nagano|
|Line(s) served||Ōito Line, Tsugaru Line, Ōminato Line, Gonō Line|
|Car body construction||Stainless steel|
|Car length||20,600 mm (67 ft 7 in)|
|Width||2,920 mm (9 ft 7 in)|
|Height||3,620 mm (11 ft 11 in)|
|Doors||One per side|
|Maximum speed||100 km/h (60 mph)|
|Traction system||MT78 (95 kW) x2 (series hybrid)|
|Prime mover(s)||DMF15HZB-G 6-cylinder engine x1 per car|
|Power output||331 kW|
|Bogies||DT75A (driving), TR260A (trailing)|
|Multiple working||KiHa E200|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The HB-E300 series (HB-E300系) is a hybrid diesel multiple unit (DMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on "resort train" services on scenic lines in Japan since October 2010.
The HB-E300 series is based on the KiHa E200 hybrid DMU type introduced on the Koumi Line in 2007. One two-car train is used on the Ōito Line; two two-car trains are used on the Tsugaru and Ōminato Lines; and two four-car trains are used on Gonō Line Resort Shirakami services, replacing earlier KiHa 48 DMU trainsets.
The use of hybrid technology is designed to reduce fuel consumption by 10% compared with the existing Resort Shirakami trains, reduce NOx emissions by 60%, and reduce noise levels by 20 dB while idling at stations and by 30 dB when accelerating from standstill.
Seating in open saloon cars features reclining/rotating seating in 2+2 configuration with a seat pitch of 1,200 mm (47 in). The four-car Resort Shirakami sets include compartment accommodation.
2-car Resort View Furusato
The two-car train for the Ōito Line is branded Resort View Furusato (リゾートビューふるさと). It was built by Tokyu Car Corporation in Yokohama, and delivered to Nagano in June 2010. The train entered revenue service on 2 October 2010.
The two-car Resort View Furusato set is formed as follows.
2-car Resort Asunaro
The two two-car trains for the Tsugaru and Ōminato Lines are branded Resort Asunaro (リゾートあすなろ), named after Aomori's prefectural tree, known as Asunaro in Japanese. They were built by Niigata Transys and were delivered to JR East's Aomori Depot in September 2010, entering service from 4 December 2010, coinciding with the opening of the Tōhoku Shinkansen extension to Shin-Aomori.
The two-car Resort Asunaro sets are formed as follows.
4-car Resort Shirakami - Aoike
The four-car Resort Shirakami - Aoike train for use on the Gono Line was delivered from Tokyu Car's Yokohama factory to JR East's Akita Depot in September 2010. It entered service from 4 December 2010.
The four-car Resort Shirakami - Aoike set is formed as follows.
4-car Resort Shirakami - Buna
The four-car Resort Shirakami - Buna train for use on the Gono Line was built jointly by J-TREC (cars 1, 2, and 4) at its Yokohama factory and JR East's Akita Works (car 3) in 2016, scheduled to enter service from 16 July 2016, replacing the earlier KiHa 48 four-car DMU trainset previously used. The exterior livery and interior design of this set was overseen by Ken Okuyama Design.
The four-car Resort Shirakami - Buna set is formed as follows with car 1 at the Akita/Aomori end.
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