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211 Series

211 series
JR East 211 series set on a Takasaki Line service, May 2007
In service 1985–Present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation
Replaced 113 series, 115 series
Constructed 1985–
Scrapped 2012–
Operator JNR (1985-1987)
JR East, JR Central(1987-Present)
JR West (1988-2010)
Car body construction Stainless steel
Steel (JR West version)
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,950 mm (9 ft 8 in)
Doors 3 pairs per side
Maximum speed 110 km/h
(JR West 120 km/h)
Traction system Resistor control + field system superimposed field excitation control
Acceleration 1.7 km/h/s
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Bogies DT50B (motored), TR235B (trailer)(211-0/1000/2000/3000 series)
TR235G (SaRo 213/SaRo 212)
C-DT56 (motored), C-TR241 (trailer) (211-5000/6000 series)
WDT50B (KuMoRo 211/MoRo 210)
Multiple working 311/313 series
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 211 series (211系) is a suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1985 by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and currently operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and formerly also operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Japan.


  • Design 1
  • Variants 2
  • Operations 3
    • 211-0, 211-2000 series 3.1
    • 211-1000, 211-3000 series 3.2
    • 211-5000, 211-6000 series 3.3
  • Joyful Train sets 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The 211 series was developed by JNR to replace older 113 series and 115 series trains. The 211 series incorporated regenerative brakes and stainless body construction.


  • 211-0 series (basic version with transverse seating)
  • 211-1000 series (cold region version with transverse seating)
  • 211-2000 series (basic version with all longitudinal seating)
  • 211-3000 series (cold region version with all longitudinal seating)
  • 211-5000 series (JR Central version)
  • 211-6000 series (JR Central version with single motored car)
  • Joyful Train variants (JR West version)


211-0, 211-2000 series

211 series in original JNR livery, August 1988

211-1000, 211-3000 series

211-3000 series in Chiba area livery, October 2006
211-3000 series in Nagano area livery, March 2013

211-5000, 211-6000 series

211-5000 series in Shizuoka area livery, June 2008

Joyful Train sets

Joyful Train 211 series in JR West Livery, January 2007
  • Super Saloon Yumeji: 3 car set converted from 211 and 213 series coaches which entered service in 1988 and withdrawn in March 2010. Operated by JR West and based at Okayama Depot.

See also


  • JR全車両ハンドブック2006 (JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006). Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006. 
  • JR電車編成表 '07冬号 (JR EMU Formations - Winter 2007). Japan: JRR. December 2006.  
  1. ^ a b c d e f "10/21, 房総211系, 営業運転開始" [Boso 211 series enter service].  
  2. ^ 飯田線での長野色115系運用終了,211系運用開始 [Nagano-livery 115 series withdrawn from Iida Line; 211 series introduced] (in Japanese). Japan. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

External links

  • JR East 211 series (Japanese)
  • JR Central 211 series information (Japanese)
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