383 series

The 383 series (383系) is a tilting DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) on Chūō Main Line, Shinonoi Line and Shinetsu Main Line Shinano limited express services in Japan.

383 series
383 series train on a Wide View Shinano service
In service1994 - Present
ManufacturerHitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo
Family nameWide View
Number built76 vehicles
Formation2/4/6 cars per trainset
Operator(s)JR Central
Line(s) servedChūō Main Line, Shinonoi Line, Shinetsu Main Line
Maximum speed130 km/h (80 mph)
Traction systemVariable frequency (GTO)
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC overhead
Current collection methodC-PS27 single-arm pantograph
Braking system(s)Dynamic brake, regenerative brake, electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, snow-resistant brake
Safety system(s)ATS-ST
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)


The trains were built jointly by Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Nippon Sharyo.[1]



  1. Saka, Masahiro (March 2014). "JR第1世代の車両・現況と概要" [JR 1st-generation rolling stock: Current situation and overview]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). 43 (359): 22.
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