115 series

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115 series
Model 115-1000 of JR East.JPG
3-car sets in "new Nagano livery" at Takao Station, March 2006
In service 1963–Present
Constructed 1963–1983[1]
Refurbishment 1998– (for selected trains)
Number built 1,921[1]
Depot(s) Toyoda
Car body construction Steel
Doors 3 pairs per side
2 pairs per side (115-3000 series)
Maximum speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
Traction system Resistor control
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC overhead
Braking system(s) Dynamic braking
Safety system(s) ATS-S, ATS-P
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 115 series (115系?) is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type developed by Japanese National Railways (JNR) and now operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), West Japan Railway Company (JR West), and the Shinano Railway.[2]


Following information was current as at mid-2009.

JR East

Currently used on the Agatsuma Line, Chūō Main Line (East Line), Hakushin Line, Jōetsu Line, Musashino Line, Ōito Line, Ryōmō Line, Shinetsu Main Line, Shinonoi Line, Yahiko Line, and the Echigo Line. 115 series trains were also previously used on the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, Takasaki Line, and Utsunomiya Line.

JR West

Currently used on the Hakubi Line, Maizuru Line, Sagano Line, Sanin Main Line and the Sanyō Main Line

JR Central

Formerly used on the Minobu Line, Gotemba Line and the Tōkaidō Main Line. Sets owned by JR East currently operate on the JR Central Iida Line and Chūō Main Line (West Line).

Shinano Railway

Used on the Shinano Railway Line.


115-0 series

This is a cold-weather version of the earlier 113 series. The first examples were introduced from 1963 on the Takasaki Line out of Ueno.

115-300 series

Air-conditioned version introduced from 1973.

115-1000 series

Introduced from 1978 with increased seat pitch and improved cold-weather performance.

115-2000 series

Hiroshima,Shimonoseki and Shizuoka areas version introduced in 1978. Specifications based on 115-1000 series.

115-3000 series

Two-door version introduced from November 1982 to replace 153 series EMUs on "Rapid" services in the Shimonoseki area.

115-3500 series

Former 117 series MoHa 117 and MoHa 116 two-door cars converted from May 1992 for use in the Okayama and Hiroshima areas.

115-6000 series

JR West 2-car sets converted in 1999 by building new cabs at one end of former MoHa (non-driving motor) cars.

Livery variations


  1. 1.0 1.1 "115系電車のプロフィール (Profile of the 115 series EMU)". The Railway Pictorial. Japan. 59 (820): 10–32. July 2009. ISSN 0040-4047.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. JR全車輌ハンドブック2009. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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