211 series
JR East 211 series set on a Joetsu Line service in January 2021
ManufacturerHitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation
Replaced111 series, 113 series, 115 series
Entered serviceMarch 1986
Number built1,914 vehicles
Number in service849 vehicles (as of 2018)
Successor209 series, E233-3000 series, 315 series (from 2025)
Car body constructionStainless steel
Steel (JR-West version)
Car length20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width2,966 mm (9 ft 8.8 in)
Doors3 pairs per side
Maximum speed120 km/h (75 mph)(JR west)
110 km/h (68 mph)(other)
Traction systemResistor control + field system superimposed field excitation control
Traction motorsMT61 (211-0/1000/2000/3000 series)
C-MT61A/C-MT64A (211-5000/6000 series)
Power output120 kW
Acceleration1.7 km/(h⋅s) (1.1 mph/s)
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC
Current collector(s)Overhead catenary
BogiesDT50B (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 working311/313 series
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 211 series (211系, 211-kei) is a suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type introduced in 1985 by the 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.


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



211-0, 211-2000 series

211-1000, 211-3000 series

211-5000, 211-6000 series

Joyful Train sets

Main article: Joyful Train

See also


  • JR全車輌ハンドブック2006 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006. ISBN 978-4-7770-0453-9.
  • JR電車編成表 '07冬号 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2007] (in Japanese). Japan: JRR. December 2006. ISBN 978-4-88283-046-7.
  1. ^ a b c 上越線・吾妻線で211系の営業運転開始 [211 series enter service on Joetsu Line and Agatsuma Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "10/21, 房総211系, 営業運転開始" [Boso 211 series enter service]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). 47 (549): 179. January 2007.
  3. ^ 飯田線での長野色115系運用終了,211系運用開始 [Nagano-livery 115 series withdrawn from Iida Line; 211 series introduced]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.