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E353 series

E353 series
Pre-series set S201 and S101 on a test run in July 2015
In service Spring 2016 (scheduled)
Manufacturer J-TREC
Built at Yokohama
Constructed 2015–
Number built 12 vehicles
Formation 9+3 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers S101–, S202–
Capacity 686 (656 standard + 30 Green)
Operator(s) JR East
Depot(s) Matsumoto
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,920 mm (9 ft 7 in)
Height 3,540 mm (11 ft 7 in)
Floor height 1,130 mm (3 ft 8 in)
Doors One per side
Maximum speed 130 km/h (80 mph)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collection method PS39 single-arm pantographs
Bogies DT81, DT82 (motored), TR265 (trailer)
Safety system(s) ATS-P, ATS-PS
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The E353 series (E353系) is a DC tilting electric multiple unit (EMU) train on order by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan for use on limited express services on the Chuo Main Line from spring 2016.[1]

A pre-series train, consisting of one 9-car set and one 3-car set, was delivered in July 2015 for performance testing.[2] The trains will ultimately replace the E351 series EMUs used on Super Azusa limited express services on the Chuo Main Line between Shinjuku in Tokyo and Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture.[2]


  • Design 1
    • Bogies 1.1
  • Formation 2
  • Interior 3
    • Toilets 3.1
  • History 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The exterior styling was overseen by the industrial design firm Ken Okuyama Design.[3] Like the E351 series trains which they are scheduled to replace, the new E353 series trains incorporate tilting technology to allow faster speeds around curves.[4] Maximum operating speed will be 130 km/h (80 mph).[1] To reduce any step up from station platforms, the train floor height is 1,130 mm (3 ft 8 in), 10 mm lower than on E259 series and E657 series trains.[5]


The trains use bolsterless bogies developed from those used on earlier E259 series and E657 series trains.[5] Motored bogies with capability for retrofitting anti-oscillation equipment (rear bogies on car 1 and 3) are designated DT81, motored bogies equipped anti-roll devices (cars 2, 5, 7, and 10) are designated DT82, and motor bogies not equipped with either (cars 6 and 11) are designated DT81A.[5] Non-powered (trailer) bogies are designated TR265, and are equipped with a parking brake and capability for retrofitting anti-oscillation equipment, but those not equipped with a parking brake (rear bogies on cars 4 and 14, and both bogies on car 9) designated TR265A, and those on car 8, which not equipped with either are designated TR265B.[5]


Trains consist of a nine-car main set (with five cars motored), numbered S101 onward, and a three-car add-on set, numbered S201 onward, with car 1 at the southern (Shinjuku) end.[5]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Designation Mc M1-1000 Mc' Tc M-500 M'-500 M2-2000 T Ts M M' Tc'
Numbering KuMoHa E353 MoHa E353-1000 KuMoHa E352 KuHa E353 MoHa E353-500 MoHa E352-500 MoHa E353-2000 SaHa E353 SaRo E353 MoHa E353 MoHa E352 KuHa E352
Weight 38.8 40.3 39.9 38.9 39.5 38.3 37.7 35.7 33.1 39.1 38.3 36.1
Capacity 48 46 60 48 68 64 68 64 30 66 64 60

Cars 2 and 5 each have two single-arm pantographs (only one is normally used), and cars 7 and 10 each have one.[5] Cars 1 and 3 each have only one motored bogie (at the inner ends).[5]


Green car (first class) accommodation is in 2+2 abreast configuration with a seat pitch of 1,160 mm (46 in).[5] The wine red seat covers are intended to create subdued atmosphere.[6] Standard class is also arranged 2+2 with a seat pitch of 960 mm (38 in), compared to 970 mm (38 in) for Super Azusa E351 series trains.[7] The pale blue seat covers are intended to evoke images of the Azusa River, after which the train service was named.[6] AC power outlets are provided at each seat.[2] The trains include universal access toilets and security cameras.[2] LED lighting is used on these trains, for the first time on JR East limited express rolling stock.[6]


Cars 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 11 have toilet facilities as follows.[5]

Car No. Urinal Western-style WC Universal-access WC Washroom


Pre-series sets S101 and S201 next to Jimmuji Station on delivery from the J-TREC factory in Yokohama, July 2015

Details of the new trains on order were first officially announced by JR East in February 2014.[1]

The first trainset, consisting of one 9-car and one 3-car set, was delivered from the Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) factory in Yokohama to Matsumoto Depot in July 2015.[8][9] Mainline test running started on 29 July 2015.[10] The pre-series train was formally shown off to the media on 2 August 2015.[6]


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External links

  • JR East press release announcing new trains (Japanese)
  • E353 series design details on Ken Okuyama Design website (Japanese)
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