E259 series

E259 Series


E259 series

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The is a DC electric multiple unit operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan. A total of 132 vehicles formed as 22 6-car sets were introduced from 1 October 2009 on the Narita Express limited express services to and from Narita International Airport. They will replace the 253 series EMUs currently used on these services by June 2010.


Sets are formed as six-car sets, consisting of four motored cars and two trailers, as shown below.

Cars 3 and 5 are equipped with PS33D single-arm pantographs (two on car 5).

Retracting gangway connections on the end cars allow two sets to be coupled together to form 12-car formations. Electrical and safety equipment is duplicated, as on the E233 series commuter trains, to improve safety and reliability. Active suspension on end cars and yaw dampers between all cars for improved ride comfort.

Unlike the 253 series, the E259 series trains are not equipped with Automatic Train Control (ATC).

Interior accommodation

The passenger compartment floor construction has been improved for reduced interior noise, and the height difference between coach and platform has been reduced by 50 mm...
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