KiHa 261 series
|KiHa 261 series|
KiHa 261 series on a Super Sōya service, February 2010
|Manufacturer||Fuji Heavy Industries, JR Hokkaido|
|Number under construction||28 vehicles|
|Number built||35 vehicles|
|Number in service||35 vehicles|
|Formation||4-6 cars per trainset|
|Car body construction||Stainless steel|
|Car length||21,300 mm (69 ft 11 in) (intermediate)
21,470 mm (70 ft 5 in) (261-100 end)
21,670 mm (71 ft 1 in) (261-1000 end)
|Width||2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in) (261-100)
2,928 mm (9 ft 7.3 in)(261-1000)
|Height||4,012 mm (13 ft 2.0 in) (261-100)
3,982 mm (13 ft 0.8 in)(261-1000)
|Doors||1 per side|
|Maximum speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
|Prime mover(s)||N-DMF13HZH (460 hp) x1 or 2 per car|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
As of 1 April 2013, 35 KiHa 261 series vehicles were in operation. 14 were built by Fuji Heavy Industries, and 21 were built by JR Hokkaido. A further 28 vehicles are on order to be delivered from fiscal 2015.
KiHa 261 series trainsets are used on the following services.
- Super Sōya services between Sapporo and Wakkanai, since 11 March 2000 (KiHa 261-100)
- Super Tokachi services between Sapporo and Obihiro, since October 2007 (KiHa 261-1000)
Super Sōya services are normally formed of four-car KiHa 261-100 series sets, and are sometimes lengthened to six cars during busy periods.
4-car sets are formed as follows.
|Numbering||KiRoHa 261-200||KiHa 260-200||KiHa 260-100||KiHa 261-100|
6-car sets are formed by adding two cars as shown below. Car 1 (and car 21) includes Green (first) class and standard class accommodation.
|Numbering||KiRoHa 261-200||KiHa 260-200||KiHa 260-100||KiHa 261-100||KiHa 260-100||KiHa 261-100|
|Numbering||KiRoHa 261-200||KiHa 260-200||KiRoHa 261-200||KiHa 260-200||KiHa 260-100||KiHa 261-100|
Super Tokachi services were originally formed of five-car KiHa 261-1000 series sets, but these were later reduced to four cars.
The 4-car Super Tokachi sets are formed as follows.
|Numbering||KiRo 261-1100||KiHa 260-1100||KiHa 260-1200||KiHa 261-1200|
A four-car pre-production set was delivered from Fuji Heavy Industries in November 1998 for evaluation and testing. The first production trains were introduced on Super Sōya services between Sapporo and Wakkanai from the start of the revised timetable on 11 March 2000.
A further 28 KiHa 261 series vehicles are scheduled to be delivered from fiscal 2015 onward, and these are not expected to be equipped with tilting capability.
From December 2015 until the end of fiscal 2017, the KiHa 261-1000 series fleet will gradually be repainted into a new livery with white front ends, yellow front-end gangway doors, and a purple bodyside stripe.
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