JR Shikoku 1500 series

The 1500 series (1500形) is a single-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) train type operated by Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku) in Japan since 2006.[1]

1500 series
Car 1513 leading a 2-car formation, October 2008
In serviceMay 2006Present
ManufacturerKinki Sharyo, Niigata Transys
ReplacedKiHa 58, KiHa 65
Number built34 vehicles
Number in service32 vehicles
FormationSingle car
Capacity121 (38 seated)
Operator(s)JR Shikoku
Line(s) servedKōtoku Line, Tokushima Line, Mugi Line
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length20,800 mm (68 ft 3 in)
Width2,900 mm (9 ft 6 in)
Height3,560 mm (11 ft 8 in)
DoorsThree per side
Maximum speed110 km/h (70 mph)
Prime mover(s)SA6D140HE-2 (x1)
Power output450 hp (at 2,100 rpm)
Multiple working1200 series
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)


The 1500 series trains are used on the following JR Shikoku lines.[2]

Build details and variants

BatchVehicle numbersManufacturerBuild date
11501-1508Niigata TransysMay 2006[3]
21509-1515Niigata TransysApril 2008[3]
31551Niigata TransysJanuary 2009[3]
41552-1557Niigata TransysJanuary 2010[3]
51558-1563Niigata TransysJanuary 2011[3]
61564-1565Niigata TransysJanuary 2012[3]
71566-1567Kinki SharyoJanuary 2013[3]
81568-1569Niigata TransysJanuary 2014[4]


Passenger accommodation in the set built up to January 2012 consists of transverse flip-over seating arranged 2+2 abreast.[5] Sets built from 2013 onward have a mixture of transverse and longitudinal seating.[4]


The first trains entered service on 25 May 2006.[1]

The two 7th-batch cars, 1566 and 1567, entered service from the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013.[6]


  1. JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. p. 488. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.
  2. Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 140. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4.
  3. 1500形増備車 [Additional 1500 series cars]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 53 no. 623. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. March 2013. p. 55.
  4. "JR四国1500形が甲種輸送される" [JR Shikoku 1500 series delivered]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. Nishiwaki, Kōji (October 2010). "JR各社の新世代気動車の現況 JR四国1500形" [The Current Situation of JR Group Modern DMUs: JR Shikoku 1500 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 50 no. 594. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. pp. 98–101.
  6. "JR四国1500形7次車が営業運転を開始" [JR Shikoku 1500 series 7th-batch cars enter revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
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