Keihan 8000 series

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Keihan 8000 series
Keihan 8000 series image
Set 8005 on the Keihan Main Line in August 2017
Manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Built at Kobe
Family name Elegant Saloon
Replaced 3000 series
Constructed 1989–1990
Entered service 1989
Refurbishment 2010–2010
Number built 80 vehicles (10 sets)
Number in service 80 vehicles (10 sets)
Formation 8 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers 8001–8010
Operator(s) Keihan Electric Railway
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Steel (Type 8800 bilevel car)
Car length 18 m (59 ft 1 in)
Doors 2 per side
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Traction system Field phase control
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead wire
Safety system(s) Keihan ATS
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Keihan 8000 series (京阪8000系, Keihan 8000-kei) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) limited express train type operated by the private railway operator Keihan Electric Railway in Japan since 1989.[1]


As of 1 April 2015, the fleet consists of ten eight-car trains, formed as follows with four motored ("M") cars and four non-powered trailer ("T") cars.[2]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Designation Mc1 M2 T2 TD T3 T M1 Mc2
Numbering 8000 8100 8500 8800 8750 8550 8150 8050
  • The TD car is a bilevel car.[2]
  • The MC1 and M1 cars each have two scissors-type pantographs.[2]



The 8000 series trains were introduced between 1989 and 1990, initially operating as seven-car sets.[1] They were lengthened to eight cars per set with the addition of a type 8800 bilevel car from fiscal 1997.[1] Use of the bilevel car does not incur a standalone surcharge.

Between 2008 and 2010, the fleet was repainted in a new colour scheme.[1]


Between March 2010 and November 2012, the fleet underwent a programme of refurbishment, which also included interior changes.[1][3]

Car 6 of each set is due to be modified to become a "Premium Car" with 2+1 abreast reclining seating ahead of the introduction of reserved-seating limited express services on 20 August 2017, which incurs a surcharge.[4] Modifications include the elimination of one doorway on each side. Seating accommodation is provided for 40 passengers with a seat width of 460 mm (18 in) (compared with 430 mm (17 in) for seating in other cars) and seat pitch of 1,020 mm (40 in) (compared with 920 mm (36 in) for seating in other cars).[4] AC power outlets are provided for each seat.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e 私鉄車両年鑑2012 [Japan Private Railways Annual 2012]. Tokyo, Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. February 2012. p. 87. ISBN 978-4-86320-549-9. 
  2. ^ a b c 私鉄車両編成表 2015 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2015] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 23 July 2015. p. 132. ISBN 978-4-330-58415-7. 
  3. ^ 京阪8000系のリニューアルが完了 [Keihan 8000 series refurbishment complete]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c 京阪電気鉄道「プレミアムカー」 [Keihan Electric Railway "Premium Car"]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 57 no. 676. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. August 2017. pp. 70–71. 

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