KiHa 201 series

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KiHa 201 series
JR Hokkaido 201 series DMU 013.JPG
KiHa 201 series, January 2010
In service 1997–Present
Manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries
Constructed 1996–1997
Number built 12 vehicles (4 sets)
Number in service 12 vehicles (4 sets)
Formation 3 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers D-101–104
Operator(s) JR Hokkaido
Depot(s) Naebo
Line(s) served Hakodate Main Line, Sassho Line
Car body construction Stainless steel
Car length 21,670 mm (end cars)
21,300 mm (intermediate cars)
Width 2,800 mm
Height 4,012 mm
Doors 3 per side
Maximum speed 130 km/h (80 mph)
Prime mover(s) N-DMF13HZE (450 hp) x2 per car
Power output 2,700 hp per 3-car set
Transmission Hydraulic
Bogies N-DT201
Multiple working 731 series EMU
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The KiHa 201 series (キハ201系) is a tilting diesel multiple unit (DMU) train type operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) on Sapporo area suburban services in Hokkaido, Japan since 1997.[1] Some trains operate in multiple with 731 series electric multiple unit (EMU) train sets over certain routes.[2]


The fleet is formed as four 3-car sets, D-101–104, as follows.[3][4]

Designation Mc1 M Mc2
Numbering KiHa 201-100 KiHa 201-200 KiHa 201-300
Weight (t) 40.0 38.0 40.0
141/50 153/52 141/50


Seating consists of longitudinal bench seating throughout.[3] The KiHa 201-200 cars are fitted with a toilet.[5]


KiHa 201 series DMU running in multiple with a 731 series EMU, January 2009

The first set was delivered from Fuji Heavy Industries to Naebo Depot in December 1996,[5] and the fleet of four sets entered revenue service from the start of 22 March 1997 timetable revision.[3]

Polycarbonate window covers were fitted to the fleet between June and September 2002.[5]


  1. ^ Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 139. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4. 
  2. ^ JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 2. ISBN 978-4-330-14310-1. 
  3. ^ a b c 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. 
  4. ^ JR気動車客車編成表 '04年版 [JR DMU & Coaching Stock Formations - 2004]. Japan: JRR. 1 July 2004. ISBN 4-88283-125-2. 
  5. ^ a b c Nishiwaki, Kōji (September 2011). "JR各社の新世代気動車の現状 JR北海道キハ201形" [The Current Situation of JR Group Modern DMUs: JR Hokkaido KiHa 201]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 51 no. 605. Japan: Kōyūsha. pp. 92–94.