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.
A 6-car 289 series EMU on a Kuroshio limited express service in July 2018
|Family name||Hitachi A-train, as for 683 series|
|Constructed||2002–2005 (as 683 series)|
|Entered service||31 October 2015|
|Refurbishment||2015 (converted from 683 series)|
|Number in service||76 vehicles (18 sets) (as of 1 May 2019)|
|Formation||3/4/6 cars per trainset|
|Car body construction||Aluminium, double-skin|
|Electric system(s)||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
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. Since the timetable revision on 26 March 2016, the 4- or 4+3-cars sets are used only on Kounotori services.
While the trains are similar in appearance and performance characteristics to the 287 series trains, they cannot operate in multiple.
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.
6-car Kuroshio sets
|Numbering||KuRo 288-20xx||SaHa 289-25xx||MoHa 289-34xx||SaHa 288-22xx||SaHa 289-25xx||KuMoHa 289-35xx|
Cars 1 and 4 each have one scissors-type pantograph.
3-car Kuroshio sets
|Numbering||KuHa 288-27xx||SaHa 289-24xx||KuMoHa 289-35xx|
4-car Kounotori sets
|Numbering||KuRo 288-20xx||MoHa 289-34xx||SaHa 288-22xx||KuMoHa 289-35xx|
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. The sets based at Kyoto Depot for use on Kuroshio services have an "ocean green" turquoise line below the windows.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- JR-West 28 April 2015 press release (in Japanese)