289 series

The 289 series (289系, 289-kei) is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR-West) in Japan on limited express services in the Kyoto and Osaka area since October 2015. The trains were converted from former dual-voltage (1,500 V DC and 20 kV AC) 683-2000 series EMUs formerly used on Shirasagi services and made surplus following the 14 March 2015 timetable revision.[1]

289 series
A 6-car 289 series EMU on a Kuroshio limited express service in July 2018
Family nameHitachi A-train, as for 683 series
Replaced381 series
Constructed20022005 (as 683 series)
Entered service31 October 2015
Refurbishment2015 (converted from 683 series)
Number in service76 vehicles (18 sets) (as of 1 May 2019)
Formation3/4/6 cars per trainset
Operator(s)JR West
Depot(s)Fukuchiyama, Kyoto
Specifications
Car body constructionAluminium, double-skin
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

Operations

The 289 series trains were initially introduced on 31 October 2015 on Hashidate, Kinosaki, Kounotori (formed as 4- or 4+3-car sets) and on Kuroshio services formed as 6- or 6+3-car sets services, displacing the remaining JNR-era 381 series EMUs.[2] Since the timetable revision on 26 March 2016, the 4- or 4+3-cars sets are used only on Kounotori services.[3]

While the trains are similar in appearance and performance characteristics to the 287 series trains, they cannot operate in multiple.[4]

Formations

As of 1 April 2016, the fleet consists of five six-car sets and three three-car sets (39 vehicles in total) based at Kyoto Depot for use on Kuroshio services, and seven four-car sets and six three-car sets (46 vehicles in total) based at Fukuchiyama Depot for use on Kounotori services.[3]

6-car Kuroshio sets

The six-car Kuroshio sets, numbered J01 to J05, are formed as follows.[4][3]

Car No. 123456
Designation TscTMTTMc
Numbering KuRo 288-20xxSaHa 289-25xxMoHa 289-34xxSaHa 288-22xxSaHa 289-25xxKuMoHa 289-35xx

Cars 1 and 4 each have one scissors-type pantograph.[3]

3-car Kuroshio sets

The three-car Kuroshio sets, numbered I01 to I03, are formed as follows.[4][3]

Car No. 789
Designation TcTMc
Numbering KuHa 288-27xxSaHa 289-24xxKuMoHa 289-35xx

Car 7 has one scissors-type pantograph.[3]

4-car Kounotori sets

The seven four-car Kounotori sets, numbered FG401, FG403, FG406, FG408 to FG411 and based at Fukuchiyama Depot, are formed as follows.[5][3]

Car No. 1234
Designation TscMTMc
Numbering KuRo 288-20xxMoHa 289-34xxSaHa 288-22xxKuMoHa 289-35xx

Cars 1 and 3 each have one scissors-type pantograph.[3]

From 2016, the KuRo 288-2000 cars were modified with only half of the car assigned as "Green car" (first class) seating, and reclassified KuRoHa 288-2000.[6]

3-car Kounotori sets

The six three-car Kounotori sets, numbered FH302 to FH305, are formed as follows.[4][3]

Car No. 567
Designation TcTMc
Numbering KuHa 288-27xxSaHa 289-24xxKuMoHa 289-35xx

Car 5 has one scissors-type pantograph.[3]

Exterior

The sets based at Fukuchiyama Depot for use on Kounotori services are finished in the same livery as the Fukuchiyama-based 287 series EMUs also used on these services, with a thin maroon line below the windows.[7] The sets based at Kyoto Depot for use on Kuroshio services have an "ocean green" turquoise line below the windows.[7]

Interior

The 289 series trains feature western-style toilets, universal access toilets, and AC outlets for passenger use are provided on the end walls of the passenger saloons.[1]

History

JR-West announced the first details of its plans to introduce the new 289 series trains on 28 April 2015.[1] The first four-car set converted was test-run in May 2015.[5]

The trains entered revenue service from 31 October 2015, replacing older 381 series trains.[7]

The FH301 was returned to 683 series from April 2019.[8]

The FH306 was returned to 683 series from June 2019.[9]

References

  1. JR西日本289系、683系を形式変更し「くろしお」などに投入! 381系は廃車に [JR-West to reclassify 683 series to 289 series for introduction on Kuroshio and other services. 381 series to be withdrawn.]. Mynavi News (in Japanese). Japan: Mynavi Corporation. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  2. JR西日本 289系 10月31日から運転開始 [JR-West 289 series to enter service from 31 October]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  3. Jr電車編成表 JR電車編成表 2016夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 20 May 2016. p. 145, 190. ISBN 978-4-330-68216-7.
  4. Kishi, Kenji (October 2015). JR西日本681・683系の現状 [The current situation with JR-West 681 and 683 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). 55 (654): 30–31.
  5. 塗装変更された289系が本線で試運転 [Reliveried 289 series test run on main line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 28 May 2015. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  6. クロハ288形が登場 [KuRoHa 288 appears]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 11 December 2016. Archived from the original on 11 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  7. 289系 営業運転開始 [289 series enters revenue service]. RM News (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  8. 289系FH301編成が683系に復帰し、金沢総合車両所へ [289 series FH301 returns to 683 series and it's to Kanazawa Depot.]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 23 April 2019.
  9. 289系FH306編成が683系に復帰し、金沢総合車両所へ [289 series FH306 returns to 683 series and it's to Kanazawa Depot.]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 20 June 2019.
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