169 series
A 169 series set in Shonan livery in July 1982
In service1969–2013
Number built187 vehicles
Number in serviceNone
Number preserved4 vehicles
Operator(s)JNR (1969–1987)
JR East (1987–1996)
Shinano Railway (1997–2013)
Maximum speed110 km/h (70 mph)
Traction systemResistor control
Power supply1,500 V DC overhead
BogiesDT32, TR69
Multiple working165 series
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 169 series (169系) was an express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1969 by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and later operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) until 1996 and by Shinano Railway in Nagano Prefecture until 2013. The 169 series was developed from the 165 series EMUs.


Livery variations

Shinano Railway

The third-sector operator Shinano Railway operated a fleet of three 3-car 169 series sets (numbered S51 to S53) formerly operated by JR East. These operated on services between Karuizawa and Togura Stations.[1] These sets were scheduled to be withdrawn from regular service in April 2013, with final runs on 29 April 2013.[2]


The 3-car sets operated by Shinano Railway were formed as shown below, with two motored cars (KuMoHa and MoHa) and one trailer car (KuHa).[1]

Numbering KuMoHa 169 MoHa 168 KuHa 169

The MoHa 168 car was fitted with one lozenge-type pantograph.[1]

Preserved examples

As of 2014, four 169 series cars are preserved, as follows.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 私鉄車両編成表 2012 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2012]. Japan: JRR. July 2012. p. 91. ISBN 978-4-330-29911-2.
  2. ^ "Last Run" (PDF). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Shinano Railway. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  3. ^ Sasada, Masahiro (25 November 2014). 国鉄&jr 保存車大全 2015-2016 国鉄&JR保存車大全2015-2016 [JNR & JR Preserved Rolling Stock Complete Guide 2015-2016] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. p. 123. ISBN 978-4863209282.