M250 series

The M250 series (M250系, M250-kei), branded "Super Rail Cargo", is a freight electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Japan Freight Railway (JR Freight) in Japan. It entered service in 2004 with the objective of reducing emissions and carrying general freight for small package forwarders (such as special delivery services). The M250 series is JR Freight's first container train with distributed traction. It is manufactured by Nippon Sharyo, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Toshiba.

M250 series
An M250 series train in June 2007
In service2004–Present
ManufacturerKawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo, Toshiba
Number built42 cars (2 full sets + spare cars)
Formation16 cars per trainset
Operator(s)JR Freight
Line(s) servedTōkaidō Main Line
Car length20,300 mm (66 ft 7 in)
Width2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in)
Maximum speed130 km/h (81 mph)
Traction systemVariable frequency (3-level IGBT)
Power output220 kW x 16 = 3,520 kW (4,720 hp)
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC overhead
Safety system(s)ATS-SF, ATS-PF
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)


Sagawa Express began operating one train as a reserved "Special high speed freight train" between Tokyo Freight Terminal and Ajikawaguchi Station (Osaka) on 13 March 2004, schedule revision. (The containers are owned by Sagawa Galaxy Highways.) Running with increasing frequency, it later became a regularly scheduled train (but with service suspended on Sundays and holidays).

The main formation is branded "Super Rail Cargo". It won the 2004 Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Eco-Products award for Eco-Service and the 2005 Japan Railfan Club Blue Ribbon Award (making it the first non-passenger vehicle to win since the JNR Class EF66 in 1969).

See also


  • JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.

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