KiHa E120

The KiHa E120 (キハE120形) is a single-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in the Niigata, Fukushima, and Yamagata region of Japan since November 2008.[2]

KiHa E120
KiHa E120-7 at Imaizumi Station on the Yonesaka Line, July 2009
In service2008–Present
ManufacturerNiigata Transys
ReplacedKiHa 58
Number built8 vehicles
Number in service8 vehicles
FormationSingle car
Capacity114 (39 seated)[1]
Operator(s)JR East
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length19,500 mm (64 ft 0 in)[1]
Width2,920 mm (9 ft 7 in)[1]
DoorsTwo pairs per side
Maximum speed100 km/h (60 mph)[1]
Weight38.5 t (37.9 long tons; 42.4 short tons)[1]
Prime mover(s)DMF15HZ x1
Power output331 kW (444 hp)[1]
BogiesDT74 (motored)
TR259 (trailer)
Multiple workingKiHa 110 series
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)


Eight cars (numbered KiHa 120-1 to 8) are based at Niitsu Depot and are used interchangeably with KiHa 110 series DMUs on the following routes.[3]


The body design is based on the KiHa E200 DMU, and uses a new diesel engine reducing NOx emissions.[4]

Externally, the orange colour scheme is intended to evoke the autumn leaf colour of the beech forests of the Iide mountains in Niigata, Fukushima, and Yamagata Prefectures.[5]


Passenger accommodation consists of 1+2 abreast facing seating bays in the centre of each car, and longitudinal bench seating at the ends of cars. Each car has a universal access toilet.[3]

The cars are equipped with fare machines for use on wanman driver-only-operated services.[5]


Eight cars were built by Niigata Transys in May 2008, entering revenue service from 1 November 2008.[3]


  1. "キハE120形一般形気動車" [KiHa 120 DMU]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 48 no. 569. Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd. September 2008. pp. 51–56.
  2. JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. p. 478. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.
  3. Nishiwaki, Kōji (January 2012). "JR各社の新世代気動車の現状 JR東日本キハE120・E130・E131・E132形" [The Current Situation of JR Group Modern DMUs: JR East KiHa E120/E130/E131/E132]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 52 no. 609. Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd. pp. 98–101.
  4. "JR東日本新潟支社で新型気動車キハE120形を投入" [JR East Niigata Branch to introduce new KiHa E120 DMU]. Hobidas (in Japanese). Neko Publishing. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  5. 【鉄道ファン必見】ブナ色の気動車「キハE120形」 飯豊連峰望み進行!. Sankei News (in Japanese). 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
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