E217 series

The E217 series (E217系) is a suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in the Kantō region of Japan since 1994.[1]

E217 series
A refurbished E217 series train on February 21, 2010
In service1994–Present
ManufacturerTokyu Car, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, JR East (Niitsu/Ofuna)
Replaced113 series
Entered serviceDecember 1994
Number built745 vehicles (97 sets)
Number in service745 vehicles (97 sets)
SuccessorE235 series
Formation11+4 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersY1–51, Y101–Y146
Operator(s)JR East
Line(s) servedYokosuka Line, Sōbu Main Line
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length19,500 mm (64 ft 0 in)
Width2,950 mm (9 ft 8 in)
Doors4 per side
Maximum speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Traction systemVariable frequency (GTO/IGBT)
Power output1,520 kW
Acceleration2.0 km/h/s
Deceleration4.2 km/h/s
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Braking system(s)Regenerative brake
Safety system(s)ATS-P, ATS-SN, ATC (not service)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)


Introduced in 1994 to replace the 113 series EMUs running on the Sōbu Line (Rapid) and Yokosuka Line, it was the first outer-suburban train type in Japan to feature four pairs of doors per side on car. The basic design was developed from the 209 series commuter EMUs. It replaced all the Yokosuka Line 113 series trains by 1999. The trains were built jointly by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Tokyu Car, and JR East (Niitsu and Ofuna factories).[2]

They use Mitsubishi IGBT transistors (formerly GTO) and VVVF inverters with Mitsubishi MT68 traction motors. Gear ratio is 97:16.


Former operations


11+4-car sets

11-car sets (Y1–Y51) and 4-car sets (Y101–Y146) based at Kamakura Depot[4]

Car No.+1+2+3+41234567891011
Numbering KuHa E216-1000MoHa E216-2000MoHa E217-2000KuHa E217-2000KuHa E216-2000MoHa E216-2000MoHa E217-2000SaRo E216SaRo E217SaHa E217-2000SaHa E217-2000MoHa E216-1000MoHa E217SaHa E217KuHa E217
  • Cars numbered in the -1000 and -2000 subseries have longitudinal bench seating.
  • Cars 3, 9, and +3 are each fitted with one scissors pantograph.

Former 10+5-car Tokaido Main Line sets (March 2006 - March 2015)

10-car sets (F1–F3) and 5-car sets (F51–F53) based at Kōzu Depot for Tokaido Main Line services[4]

Car No.123456789101112131415
Numbering KuHa E216-2000MoHa E216-2000MoHa E217-2000SaRo E216SaRo E217SaHa E217-2000SaHa E217-2000MoHa E216-1000MoHa E217KuHa E217KuHa E216-1000MoHa E216-2000MoHa E217-2000SaHa E217KuHa E217-2000
  • Cars numbered in the -1000 and -2000 subseries have longitudinal bench seating.
  • Cars 3, 9, and 13 are each fitted with one scissors pantograph.



The E217 series trains entered revenue service from 3 December 1994.[4]

In March 2006, three 15-car trains were reformed as 10+5-car sets and transferred to Kōzu depot for use from 14 March 2006 on Tokaido Main Line duties out of Tokyo alongside E231 series trains. The sets were repainted into the same Shonan color scheme of orange and green bodyside stripes as applied to the E231s. As of April 2011, only one pair (F3+F53) remained at Kōzu depot.[4]

A programme of refurbishment on the fleet commenced from 2008. Externally, sets received lighter blue and cream stripes.

The sets are to be replaced by the newer E235 series in the near future.


On December 25, 2014, an 11+4 car train consisting of sets Y12 and Y129 broke down on the Yokosuka Line due to electrical problems; another 11+4 car train consisting of sets Y23 and Y130 was sent to tow the faulty set from Tokyo Station to Kamakura Depot, creating an immensely long thirty-car train. While this was happening, the entire train did not stop at any stations to pick up any passengers.


  1. JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. pp. 269–270. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.
  2. 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). Vol. 43 no. 359. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. p. 23.
  3. JR東日本、東海道線E217系の営業運転終了 - 「湘南色」の帯で活躍した車両 [JR East E217 series withdrawn from Tokaido Line]. Mynavi News (in Japanese). Japan: Mynavi Corporation. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. JR電車編成表 2011夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2011]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. ISBN 978-4-330-21211-1.

Further reading

  • 首都圏新系列車両PROFILE [Tokyo Area New-generation Rolling Stock Profile]. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. 15 April 2011. ISBN 978-4-86320-436-2.
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