Kita-Osaka Kyuko 8000 series

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Kita-Osaka Kyuko 8000 series
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A refurbished 8000 series set, August 2013
In service 1986-present
Manufacturer Alna Kōki
Family name "Polestar"
Replaced 2000 series
Constructed 1986-1993 (9-car sets),
1995-1996 (additional 10th cars)
Refurbishment 2012-
Scrapped 2014-
Number built 70 vehicles (7 sets)
Number in service 50 vehicles (5 sets)
Number scrapped 20 vehicles (2 sets)
Formation 10 cars per trainset (originally 9 cars)
Fleet numbers 8001 - 8007
Capacity 1,280 per set
Operator(s) Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway
Depot(s) Momoyamadai Depot
Line(s) served Kitakyu Namboku Line, Midōsuji Line
Car body construction Aluminium
Width 2,890 mm (9 ft 6 in)
Height 3,745 mm (12 ft 3.4 in)
Doors 4 pairs per side
Maximum speed 70 km/h (45 mph)
Traction system Variable-frequency (GTO)
Acceleration 3.0 km/h/s
Deceleration 3.5 km/h/s (service)
4.5 km/h/s (emergency)
Electric system(s) 750 V DC
Current collection method Third rail
Safety system(s) WS-ATC
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Kita-Osaka Kyuko 8000 series (北大阪急行電鉄8000形) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway on the Kitakyu Namboku Line in north Osaka since 1986, with through service to the Osaka Municipal Subway Midōsuji Line.


This EMU was introduced in 1986 to replace ageing rolling stock which were mostly developed from Osaka Municipal Subway rolling stock. It was also one of the three recipients of the 27th Laurel Prize of the Japan Railfan Club.[1]


As of 1 April 2015, five out of the original seven 10-car sets were in service, formed as shown below, with five motored ("M") cars and five non-powered trailer ("T") cars, and car 1 at the Senri-Chuo end.[2]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Designation Tc1 M0 Te M1 M2' Te' T M1 M2 Tc2
Numbering 800x 810x 820x 830x 840x 850x 860x 870x 880x 890x

Each car includes a wheelchair space.[2]


The first train, set 8001, was introduced on 1 July 1986.[1]

Withdrawals commenced in 2014, with 8002 in August 2014, and set 8004 in February 2015.[2] Set 8001 carried a special headboard from late February 2016 to mark its scheduled withdrawn in March 2016.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 【北大阪急行】「8001 LAST RUN」 ヘッドマーク掲出 [Kita-Osaka Kyuko 8000 series carries "8001 Last Run" headboard]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  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. 156, 200. ISBN 978-4-330-58415-7.