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521 Series


The 521 series (521系) is a dual-voltage AC/DC outer-suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and the third-sector railway operators IR Ishikawa Railway and Ainokaze Toyama Railway on local services in the Fukui and Kanazawa areas since November 2006.[1]

Contents

  • Design 1
  • Operations 2
    • JR West 2.1
    • Third-sector lines 2.2
  • Fleet 3
  • Formations 4
  • Interior 5
  • History 6
  • Other operators 7
    • Ainokaze Toyama Railway 7.1
    • IR Ishikawa Railway 7.2
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

Design

The 521 series was the first dual-voltage suburban EMU type to be built for JR West. The body of the first two batches was based on the 223-5000 series suburban EMU design, with the same WMT102C 230 kW traction motors.[2] The sets are able to be used on wanman driver-only operation services.[1]

Operations

JR West

Third-sector lines

Fleet

As of 1 October 2014, the fleet consisted of 54 2-car sets, allocated to Kanazawa (30 sets, G01-G30) and Tsuruga (24 sets, E01-E05, J01-J19) depots.[3] The Kanazawa-based "G" sets and Tsuruga-based "J" sets are used between Kanazawa and Tsuruga. The Tsuruga-based are used between Maibara and Fukui.[3]

19 third-batch 2-car sets (J01 to J19) were delivered to Tsuruga Depot in fiscal 2013.[3] The third-batch sets have cab ends based on the JR West 225 series EMUs, with improved crash resistance, and use LED lighting for interior lighting.[4] These sets entered revenue service in spring 2014.[4]

From 14 March 2015, five sets were operated by the third-sector railway operator IR Ishikawa Railway and 16 sets were operated by the Ainokaze Toyama Railway.[5]

Formations

Sets consist of one motored and one non-powered trailer car, and are formed as follows.[2][3]

Designation Mc Tpc'
Numbering KuMoHa 521 KuHa 520
Capacity (total/seated) 129/48 129/40
Weight 43.2 t 44.3 t

The KuHa 520 cars are each fitted with one WPD28D single-arm pantograph.[3]

Interior

Seating is arranged as 2+2 abreast transverse flip-over seats. The KuHa 520 cars include a toilet.[3]

History

The first five sets, E01 to E05, were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Kinki Sharyo, and were delivered to Fukui depot between September and October 2006. These entered revenue service from 30 November 2006. The fleet was reallocated to Tsuruga Depot from 1 June 2010.[6]

Ten more sets, G01 to G10, built by Kinki Sharyo, were delivered to Kanazawa depot between October 2009 and March 2010, entering revenue service from 13 March 2010.[6] A further five sets, G11 to G15, were delivered from Kawasaki Heavy Industries in December 2010 and January 2011.[6] 15 more sets, M01 to M15, were delivered from Kawasaki Heavy Industries to Tsuruga Depot between January and March 2011.[6]

Other operators

16 two-car 521 series sets were transferred to the third-sector railway operating company Ainokaze Toyama Railway for use from 14 March 2015 when JR West handed over ownership of the sections of the Hokuriku Main Line in Toyama Prefecture running parallel to the new Hokuriku Shinkansen.[7] Likewise, three two-car sets were transferred to the IR Ishikawa Railway, which took over control of the section of the Hokuriku Main Line in Ishikawa Prefecture from 14 March 2015.[5] Two more sets were newly built for the IR Ishikawa Railway.[5]

Ainokaze Toyama Railway

An Ainokaze Toyama Railway 521 series EMU, June 2015

As of 1 April 2015, the Ainokaze Toyama Railway 521 series fleet is as follows.[8]

Set No. Former JR West set No. Manufacturer Delivery date
AK01 6 Kinki Sharyo 27 October 2009
AK02 7 Kinki Sharyo 27 October 2009
AK03 8 Kinki Sharyo 22 December 2009
AK04 9 Kinki Sharyo 22 December 2009
AK05 11 Kinki Sharyo 15 February 2010
AK06 12 Kinki Sharyo 15 February 2010
AK07 13 Kinki Sharyo 2 March 2010
AK08 15 Kinki Sharyo 2 March 2010
AK09 16 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 18 December 2010
AK10 17 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 18 December 2010
AK11 18 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 18 December 2010
AK12 21 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 12 January 2011
AK13 23 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 26 January 2011
AK14 24 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 26 January 2011
AK15 31 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 24 February 2011
AK16 32 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 24 February 2011

IR Ishikawa Railway

IR Ishikawa 521 series EMU set IR03, June 2015
IR Ishikawa Railway 521 series EMU set IR05, March 2015

As of 1 April 2015, the IR Ishikawa Railway 521 series fleet is as follows.[8]

Set No. Former set No. Manufacturer Delivery date Livery accent colour
IR01 10 Kinki Sharyo 22 December 2009 Light green
IR02 14 Kinki Sharyo 2 March 2010 Purple
IR03 30 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 15 February 2011 Indigo
IR04 55 Kinki Sharyo 6 February 2015 Ochre
IR05 56 Kinki Sharyo 6 February 2015 Maroon

References

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  4. ^ a b
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  6. ^ a b c d
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  8. ^ a b

Further reading

External links

  • JR West 521 series (Japan Railfan Magazine) (Japanese)
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