M250 series

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M250 Series "Super Rail Cargo"
Model M250 of JR Freight.jpg
M250 Series "Super Rail Cargo", June 2007
In service 2004–Present
Manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo, Toshiba
Number built 42 cars (2 full sets + spare cars)
Formation 16 cars per trainset
Operator(s) JR Freight
Depot(s) Ōi
Line(s) served Tōkaidō Main Line
Car length 20,300 mm (66 ft 7 in)
Width 2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in)
Maximum speed 130 km/h (81 mph)
Traction system Variable frequency (3-level IGBT)
Power output 220 kW x 16 = 3,520 kW (4,720 hp)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC overhead
Safety system(s) ATS-SF, ATS-PF
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The M250 Series Super Rail Cargo is a freight electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Japan Freight Railway (JR Freight) in Japan. It entered service in 2004 with the objective of reducing emissions and carrying general freight for small package forwarders (such as special delivery services). The M250 series is JR Freight's first container train with distributed traction. It is manufactured by Nippon Sharyo, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Toshiba.


Sagawa Express began operating one train as a reserved "Special high speed freight train" between Tokyo Freight Terminal and Ajikawaguchi Station (Osaka) on the 13 March 2004, schedule revision. (The containers are owned by Sagawa Galaxy Highways.) Running with increasing frequency, it later became a regularly scheduled train (but with service suspended on Sundays and holidays).

The main formation is branded "Super Rail Cargo". It won the 2004 Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Eco-Products award for Eco-Service and the 2005 Japan Railfan Club Blue Ribbon Award (making it the first non-passenger vehicle to win since the JNR Class EF66 in 1969).

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  • 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. 

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