KiHa 160

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KiHa 160
KiHa 160 image
KiHa 160-1 as the "Inno Tech Train" in September 2010
In service 1997–2013
Manufacturer Niigata Tekkō
Constructed 1997
Refurbishment 2007
Scrapped 2013
Number built 1 vehicle
Number in service None
Formation Single car
Fleet numbers KiHa 160-1
Capacity 110 (42 seated)
Operator(s) JR Hokkaido
Depot(s) Tomakomai
Car body construction Steel
Car length 18,500 mm (60 ft 8 in)
Width 2,998 mm (9 ft 10.0 in)
Height 4,000 mm (13 ft 1 in)
Doors 2 sliding doors per side
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Weight 32.5 t
Prime mover(s) 6H13CRE
Power output 330 hp
Transmission Hydraulic
Bogies N-DT150 (motored), N-TR150 (trailer)
Multiple working KiHa 130
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The KiHa 160 (キハ160形?) was a single-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) train operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) in Japan. A single car was built in 1997 by Niigata Tekkō (now Niigata Transys) to replace the KiHa 130 DMU car (KiHa 130-5) withdrawn due to collision damage sustained in a level crossing accident in January 1996.[1] The design was based on the Tsugaru Railway 21 series DMU built to Niigata's "NDC" lightweight design.[2] From 2007, the unit was rebuilt as an experimental hybrid car, branded "Inno Tech Train", before being finally withdrawn in fiscal 2013.


When delivered, the unit was originally painted in a similar livery to the KiHa 150-0 units, with light green doors, a light green waistline band, and light purple stripes.[3] From September 1999, it was repainted into a new livery similar to the KiHa 40-350 DMUs transferred to the Hidaka Line on which the KiHa 160 was used.[2]

In 2007, the unit was rebuilt as an experimental hybrid vehicle using a motor-assisted hybrid system. At the same time, the longitudinal bench seating was replaced with limited-express style transverse seating.[2]

Following the completion of testing, the unit was placed in storage at Naebo Works,[2] before being officially withdrawn in fiscal 2013.[4]


  1. ^ JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. p. 473. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d Nishiwaki, Kōji (October 2011). JR各社の新世代気動車の現状 JR北海道キハ160形 JR東日本キハE200形 [The Current Situation of JR Group Modern DMUs: JR Hokkaido KiHa 160 & JR East KiHa E200]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 51 no. 606. Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd. pp. 96–101. 
  3. ^ JR全車輛ハンドブック1997 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 1997]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 1997. p. 360. 
  4. ^ Tezuka, Kazuyuki (July 2014). 車両のうごき2014-2014 [Rolling stock changes (2013-2014)]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 54 no. 639. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. p. 70. 

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