719 series

The 719 series (719系, 719-kei) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1989 by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on services in the Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima, and Akita areas of Japan.

719 series
A 719-0 series set in the Sendai area in July 2008
ManufacturerNippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation
Entered service5 November 1991
Number built108 vehicles (54 sets)
Number in service96 vehicles (48 sets) (as of 1 April 2017)
Formation2-cars per set
Operator(s)JR East
Depot(s)Sendai, Yamagata, Akita
Line(s) servedTohoku Main Line, Ōu Main Line, Senzan Line, Banetsu West Line
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width2,950 mm (9 ft 8 in)
Floor height1,180 mm (3 ft 10 in)
Doors3 pairs per side (719-700 series has one pair per side)
Maximum speed110 km/h (70 mph)
Traction systemThyristor drive
Electric system(s)20 kV AC (50 Hz)
Current collection methodoverhead catenary
Safety system(s)ATS-Ps (719-0 series)
ATS-P (719-5000 series)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) (719-0 series)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (719-5000 series)


Built jointly by Nippon Sharyo and Tokyu Car,[1] the type is based on the 415-1500 series EMU design, with all units formed as 2-car sets.[2]


  • 719-0 series: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow-gauge type based at Sendai and Akita depots
  • 719-5000 series: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard-gauge type based at Yamagata Depot
  • 719-700 series: FruiTea excursion set converted in 2015 from 719-0 series

As of 1 April 2017, the fleet consists of 34 719-0 series two-car sets based at Sendai, two 719-0 series two-car sets based at Akita, and 12 719-5000 series two-car sets based at Yamagata.[3]

719-0 series

The 719-0 series consists of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow-gauge two-car sets based at Sendai Depot for use on the Tohoku Main Line, Senzan Line, and Banetsu West Line, and at Akita Depot for use on the Ou Main Line. 42 sets were built by Tokyu Car Corporation between December 1989 and August 1991.[4] The trains reused some equipment from withdrawn JNR-era EMUs, including the DT32 (motored) and TR69 (trailer) bogies, as well as the pantographs.[2]

Some sets (H10 to H15) were reliveried in an "Akabe" colour scheme for Banetsu West Line services from 2007.[4] One set, H27, was converted to become the 719-700 series FruiTea excursion train in 2015.

Sets H10 and H13 were transferred from Sendai to Akita in March 2017,[3] entering revenue service on Akita area services on 28 July 2017.[5] These sets were reliveried with a pink bodyline stripe to match the 701 series trains already used in the area.[5]


The 719-0 series sets are numbered H1 to H42, and are formed as follows, with one motored "Mc" car and one non-powered trailer ("Tc") car, and the KuHa 718 car at the southern end.[4][6]

Designation Tc'Mc
Numbering KuHa 718KuMoHa 719
Weight (t) 32.743.0
Capacity (total/seated) 131/59134/62

The KuMoHa 719 cars have one PS16 lozenge-type pantograph. Sets H10 to H18 have single-arm pantographs.[4] The KuHa 718 cars have a toilet.[4]


719-5000 series

The 719-5000 series consists of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard-gauge two-car sets based at Yamagata Depot for use on the Ou Main Line. 12 sets were built between September and October 1991.[4] These entered service from November 1991 on the regauged Ou Main Line, replacing the trains previously formed of 50 series coaches hauled by Class EF71 AC electric locomotives.[7]


The 719-5000 series sets are numbered Y1 to Y12, and are formed as follows, with one motored "Mc" car and one non-powered trailer ("Tc") car, and the KuHa 718 car at the southern end.[4][7]

Designation Tc'Mc
Numbering KuHa 718-5000KuMoHa 719-5000
Weight (t) 31.041.0
Capacity (total/seated) 135/59138/62

The KuMoHa 719 cars have one PS104 single-arm pantograph.[7] The KuHa 718 cars have a toilet.[4]


719-700 series

In 2015, one 719-0 series set, H27, was converted to become the 719-700 series excursion train branded "FruiTea" (フルーティア). This entered service from 25 April 2015, operating on the Banetsu West Line between Koriyama and Aizu-Wakamatsu. The train consists of a cafe car and seating car, with accommodation for 36 passengers.[8]


The two car set is formed as follows. Car KuShi 718-701 was renumbered from former car number KuHa 718-27, and car KuMoHa 719-701 was renumbered from former KuMoHa 719-27.[8]

Car No. 12
Numbering KuShi 718-701KuMoHa 719-701
Weight (t) 35.746.0
Seating 0[* 1]36
  1. Six bar stools are provided.


Car KuShi 718-701 has a long curved bar counter and six bar stools. Car KuMoHa 719-701 has cafe-style seating with four- and two-person seating bays facing tables.[8]


The first 719-0 series sets were delivered from Tokyu Car in Yokohama in December 1989.[4] The 719-5000 series sets entered service from 5 November 1991 on the re-gauged Ou Main Line between Fukushima and Yamagata.[4] The original pantographs on the 719-5000 series sets were replaced with single-arm pantographs in 2001.[4]

Withdrawals commenced in 2016 with the entry into service of new E721-1000 series EMUs.

Fleet details

The fleet histories and build details are as follows.[9][10]

719-0 series

Set No.Car No.ManufacturerDate deliveredCar No.ManufacturerDate deliveredDate withdrawnNotes
H1KuHa 718-1Tokyu Car25 December 1989KuMoHa 719-1Tokyu Car25 December 1989
H2KuHa 718-2Tokyu Car25 December 1989KuMoHa 719-2Tokyu Car25 December 1989
H3KuHa 718-3Tokyu Car25 December 1989KuMoHa 719-3Tokyu Car25 December 1989
H4KuHa 718-4Tokyu Car19 January 1990KuMoHa 719-4Tokyu Car19 January 1990
H5KuHa 718-5Tokyu Car19 January 1990KuMoHa 719-5Tokyu Car19 January 199029 November 2017[11]
H6KuHa 718-6Tokyu Car19 January 1990KuMoHa 719-6Tokyu Car19 January 1990
H7KuHa 718-7Tokyu Car8 February 1990KuMoHa 719-7Tokyu Car8 February 1990
H8KuHa 718-8Tokyu Car8 February 1990KuMoHa 719-8Tokyu Car8 February 1990
H9KuHa 718-9Tokyu Car8 February 1990KuMoHa 719-9Tokyu Car8 February 1990
H10KuHa 718-10Tokyu Car27 April 1990KuMoHa 719-10Tokyu Car27 April 1990
H11KuHa 718-11Tokyu Car26 April 1990KuMoHa 719-11Tokyu Car26 April 1990
H12KuHa 718-12Tokyu Car27 April 1990KuMoHa 719-12Tokyu Car27 April 1990
H13KuHa 718-13Tokyu Car26 April 1990KuMoHa 719-13Tokyu Car26 April 1990
H14KuHa 718-14Tokyu Car27 April 1990KuMoHa 719-14Tokyu Car27 April 1990
H15KuHa 718-15Tokyu Car24 May 1990KuMoHa 719-15Tokyu Car24 May 1990
H16KuHa 718-16Tokyu Car24 May 1990KuMoHa 719-16Tokyu Car24 May 1990
H17KuHa 718-17Tokyu Car25 May 1990KuMoHa 719-17Tokyu Car25 May 1990
H18KuHa 718-18Tokyu Car25 May 1990KuMoHa 719-18Tokyu Car25 May 1990
H19KuHa 718-19Tokyu Car25 May 1990KuMoHa 719-19Tokyu Car25 May 1990
H20KuHa 718-20Tokyu Car13 July 1990KuMoHa 719-20Tokyu Car13 July 1990
H21KuHa 718-21Tokyu Car13 July 1990KuMoHa 719-21Tokyu Car13 July 19905 November 2016
H22KuHa 718-22Tokyu Car13 July 1990KuMoHa 719-22Tokyu Car13 July 1990
H23KuHa 718-23Tokyu Car27 July 1990KuMoHa 719-23Tokyu Car27 July 19901 March 2017
H24KuHa 718-24Tokyu Car27 July 1990KuMoHa 719-24Tokyu Car27 July 199020 December 2016
H25KuHa 718-25Tokyu Car27 July 1990KuMoHa 719-25Tokyu Car27 July 1990
H26KuHa 718-26Tokyu Car13 August 1990KuMoHa 719-26Tokyu Car13 August 1990
H27KuHa 718-27Tokyu Car13 August 1990KuMoHa 719-27Tokyu Car13 August 1990Converted to KuShi 718-701 + KuMoHa 719-701
H28KuHa 718-28Tokyu Car13 August 1990KuMoHa 719-28Tokyu Car13 August 199021 November 2017[11]
H29KuHa 718-29Tokyu Car24 August 1990KuMoHa 719-29Tokyu Car24 August 19901 March 2017
H30KuHa 718-30Tokyu Car24 August 1990KuMoHa 719-30Tokyu Car24 August 1990
H31KuHa 718-31Tokyu Car24 August 1990KuMoHa 719-31Tokyu Car24 August 1990
H32KuHa 718-32Tokyu Car29 July 1991KuMoHa 719-32Tokyu Car29 July 199127 December 2016
H33KuHa 718-33Tokyu Car29 July 1991KuMoHa 719-33Tokyu Car29 July 199127 December 2016
H34KuHa 718-34Tokyu Car30 July 1991KuMoHa 719-34Tokyu Car30 July 1991
H35KuHa 718-35Tokyu Car30 July 1991KuMoHa 719-35Tokyu Car30 July 199123 November 2017[11]
H36KuHa 718-36Tokyu Car31 July 1991KuMoHa 719-36Tokyu Car31 July 1991
H37KuHa 718-37Tokyu Car21 August 1991KuMoHa 719-37Tokyu Car21 August 199130 November 2017[11]
H38KuHa 718-38Tokyu Car21 August 1991KuMoHa 719-38Tokyu Car21 August 1991
H39KuHa 718-39Tokyu Car22 August 1991KuMoHa 719-39Tokyu Car21 August 1991
H40KuHa 718-40Tokyu Car30 August 1991KuMoHa 719-40Tokyu Car30 August 1991
H41KuHa 718-41Tokyu Car30 August 1991KuMoHa 719-41Tokyu Car30 August 1991
H42KuHa 718-42Tokyu Car31 August 1991KuMoHa 719-42Tokyu Car31 August 1991

719-5000 series

Car No.ManufacturerDate deliveredCar No.ManufacturerDate delivered
KuHa 718-5001Nippon Sharyo4 September 1991KuMoHa 719-5001Nippon Sharyo4 September 1991
KuHa 718-5002Nippon Sharyo5 September 1991KuMoHa 719-5002Nippon Sharyo5 September 1991
KuHa 718-5003Nippon Sharyo13 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5003Nippon Sharyo13 October 1991
KuHa 718-5004Nippon Sharyo13 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5004Nippon Sharyo13 October 1991
KuHa 718-5005Nippon Sharyo13 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5005Nippon Sharyo13 October 1991
KuHa 718-5006Nippon Sharyo14 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5006Nippon Sharyo14 October 1991
KuHa 718-5007Nippon Sharyo14 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5007Nippon Sharyo14 October 1991
KuHa 718-5008Nippon Sharyo14 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5008Nippon Sharyo14 October 1991
KuHa 718-5009Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5009Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991
KuHa 718-5010Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5010Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991
KuHa 718-5011Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5011Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991
KuHa 718-5012Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991KuMoHa 719-5012Nippon Sharyo22 October 1991

719-700 series

Car No.ManufacturerDate convertedCar No.ManufacturerDate convertedNotes
KuShi 718-701(Tokyu Car)6 March 2015KuMoHa 719-1(Tokyu Car)6 March 2015Converted from KuHa 718-27 + KuMoHa 719-27


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