JR Shikoku 8000 series

The 8000 series (8000系) is a tilting limited express electric multiple unit (EMU) train operated by Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku) in Shikoku, Japan, since 1992.[1]

8000 series
8000 series on a Shiokaze service in May 2007
ManufacturerHitachi, Nippon Sharyo
Constructed1992-1997
Entered service1992
Refurbishment2004–2006
Number built48 vehicles (12 sets)
Number in service45 vehicles (11 sets)
Fleet numbersL1–6, S1–6
Capacity281(5-car sets L1-L5)
277(5-car sets L6)
168(3-car sets)
Operator(s)JR Shikoku
Depot(s)Matsuyama
Specifications
Car length22,600 mm (74 ft 2 in)
Width2,820 mm (9 ft 3 in)
Height3,360 mm (11 ft 0 in)
Floor height1,105 mm (3 ft 7.5 in)
DoorsPlug doors (2 per side)
Maximum speed130 km/h (80 mph)
Traction systemVariable frequency (GTO)
Current collection methodOverhead catenary
Safety system(s)ATS-SS
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

Operations

  • Ishizuchi
  • Shiokaze
  • Midnight Express Matsuyama
  • Morning Express Matsuyama
  • Midnight Express Takamatsu
  • Morning Express Takamatsu

Formations

As of 1 October 2013, 48 vehicles were in service, formed as 3- and 5-car sets, as shown below.[2]

3-car sets

Prototype set S1

Car No. 678
Designation McMTc1
Numbering 820181018501

Cars 6 and 8 are each fitted with one S-PS59 lozenge-type pantograph.[2] The pantograph on car 8 was removed in 2010.[3] This set were retired from service by March 2018.

Set S2-S6

Car No. 678
Designation McTTc1
Numbering 820083008500

Cars 6 and 8 are each fitted with one S-PS59 lozenge-type pantograph.[2] The pantograph on car 8 was removed between 2010 and 2011.[3] Car 7 is removed from formations during off-peak seasons between 2011 and 2018.[3]

5-car sets L1–L6

Car No. 12345
Designation ThscM1M2TTc2
Numbering 80008100815083008400
  • Half of car 8 includes Green car (first class) seating.[1] Cars 1 and 3 are each fitted with one S-PS59 lozenge-type pantograph.[2]

History

The prototype set, S1, was delivered in May 1992,[1] and entered revenue service on 19 September 1992.[4]

On 8 August 1992, set 8001 achieved a speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) in a special test run.[2]

The subsequent fleet of full-production sets entered service from 18 March 1993.[5]

The entire fleet underwent life-extension refurbishment between 2004 and 2006.[4]

Livery variations

References

  1. Jēāru zensharyō handobukku: Rail Magazine 2009 JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. pp. 171–172. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.
  2. JR電車編成表 2014冬 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2014]. Japan: JRR. 1 December 2013. p. 204. ISBN 978-4-330-42413-2.
  3. Railway Journal (in Japanese) (525): 58. July 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. Jr特急電車編成表: 1987~2012 JR特急電車編成表 1987~2012 [JR Limited Express EMU Formations - 1987-2012]. Japan: JRR. February 2012. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-4-330-27012-8.
  5. Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Jr全車両: ビジュアル決定版 Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 40. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4.
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