JR Shikoku 1200 series

The 1200 series (1200形) is a single-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) train type operated on local regional services by Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku) in Japan since 2008.[1] The fleet of 18 cars was converted from former 1000 series DMU cars to allow operation in conjunction with newly delivered 1500 series DMU cars.[2]

1200 series
Car number 1251, May 2010
In service2008–Present
ManufacturerNiigata Transys
Number built18 vehicles
Number in service18 vehicles
FormationSingle car
Capacity143 (55 seated)
Operator(s)JR Shikoku
Line(s) servedKōtoku Line, Tokushima Line, Mugi Line, Dosan Line
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length20,800 mm (68 ft 3 in)
Width2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in)
Height3,825 mm (12 ft 6.6 in)
DoorsThree per side
Maximum speed110 km/h (70 mph)
Weight32.3 t
Prime mover(s)SA6D125-H (x1)
Power output400 hp (at 2,100 rpm)
Multiple working1500 series
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)


The 1200 series trains are used on the following JR Shikoku lines.[3]


As with the 1000 series cars, passenger accommodation consists of a mixture of longitudinal bench seating on one side and transverse seating bays on the opposite side.[2] All of the 1200 series cars have toilets.[2]


Between June and October 2008, 18 former 1000 series cars, themselves built between 1992 and 1997 were modified to make them compatible with newly delivered 1500 series DMU cars. They were also repainted in a new livery of unpainted stainless steel with green highlights on the driving cab ends and passenger doorways.[2]


  1. JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. p. 487. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.
  2. Nishiwaki, Kōji (September 2010). "JR各社の新世代気動車の現況 JR四国1000形" [The Current Situation of JR Group Modern DMUs: JR Shikoku 1000 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 50 no. 593. Japan: Kōyūsha. pp. 97–101.
  3. Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 140. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4.

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