E751 series
An E751 series 6-car set on a Tsugaru service in June 2006
In serviceMarch 2000–Present
ManufacturerTokyu Car Corporation
Built atYokohama
Replaced485 series
Number built18 vehicles (3 sets)
Number in service12 vehicles (3 sets)
Number scrapped6 vehicles
Formation4 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersA101–A103
Operator(s)JR East
Line(s) servedŌu Main Line
Car body constructionAluminium alloy
Car length
  • 21,000 mm (68 ft 11 in) (end cars)
  • 20,500 mm (67 ft 3 in) (intermediate cars)
Width2,976 mm (9 ft 9.2 in)
Floor height1,140 mm (3 ft 9 in)
Doors1 per side
Maximum speed130 km/h (80 mph)
Traction systemPWM 3-level IGBT-VVVF (Hitachi)
Traction motors4 × Hitachi MT72 145 kW (194 hp) 3-phase AC squirrel-cage asynchronous induction motor
Power output2.32 MW (3,110 hp)
Electric system(s)20 kV 50 Hz AC overhead line
Current collector(s)Pantograph
BogiesDT64A (motored), TR249A (trailer)
Safety system(s)ATS-Ps
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The E751 series (E751系) is an AC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated on Tsugaru limited express services in the north of Japan by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) since March 2000. The design was based on the earlier (1,500 V DC) E653 series EMUs, with improvements to cope with colder weather conditions in the north of Japan.[1]


4-car sets (April 2011–Present)

The original six-car sets were shortened to four cars as shown below from 23 April 2011.[2] The sets were occasionally lengthened to six cars for increased capacity during busy periods by inserting a pair of MoHa E751 and MoHa E750 cars[3] until the three pairs of MoHa E751 and MoHa E750 cars were withdrawn in 2015.[4]

Car No. 1 2 3 4
Designation Thsc M1 M2 Tc
Numbering KuRoHa E750 MoHa E751-100 MoHa E750-100 KuHa E751
Weight (t) 30.7 34.8 33.1 29.0
Capacity 38 (16 Grn + 22 Std) 72 72 68

Car 2 is equipped with one PS107 single-arm pantograph.

6-car sets (March 2000–April 2011)

Sets were originally formed as six-car sets, consisting of four motored cars and two trailers, as shown below.[1][5] Sets were shortened to four cars from 23 April 2011.[6]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6
Designation Tc1 M2 M1 M2 M1 Tsc'
Numbering KuHa E751 MoHa E750-100 MoHa E751-100 MoHa E750 MoHa E751 KuRoHa E750
Weight (t) 29.0 33.1 34.8 33.1 34.8 30.7
Capacity 68 72 72 72 72 38 (16 Grn + 22 Std)

Cars 3 and 5 are each equipped with one PS107 single-arm pantograph.


Seating is configured 2+2 abreast in both standard class and Green class. Seat pitch is 910 mm (36 in) in standard class and 1,160 mm (46 in) in Green class.[1][6]


An E751 series EMU at Aomori Station on a Super Hatsukari service in 2002
An E751 series EMU at Aomori Station on a Super Hatsukari service in 2002

The first set was delivered to Aomori Depot from Tokyu Car Corporation's Yokohama factory on 9 December 1999, followed by the remaining two sets in January 2000. The fleet entered service on Super Hatsukari services operating between Morioka and Aomori from the start of the revised timetable on 11 March 2000.[5]

From 1 December 2002, the E751 series trains were reassigned to new Tsugaru services operating between Hachinohe and Hirosaki, which replaced the former Super Hatsukari services following the opening of the Tōhoku Shinkansen extension from Morioka to Hachinohe.[7]

A 4-car E751 series EMU at Aomori Station in July 2011, showing modified front end snowplough
A 4-car E751 series EMU at Aomori Station in July 2011, showing modified front end snowplough

In late 2006, all three sets underwent modifications at JR East's Kōriyama Works to reinforce the front end snowploughs and add protection plates to underfloor equipment.[5]

From the start of 4 December 2010 timetable revision, the E751 series sets were replaced on Tsugaru services by 4-car 485-3000 series EMUs,[8] and were temporarily removed from regular service. From 23 April 2011, the fleet of three E751 series sets were reinstated on Tsugaru services, this time formed as 4-car sets, replacing the 485-3000 series sets.[6] The three pairs of MoHa E751 and MoHa E750 cars removed were stored at Aomori Depot, and occasionally reinserted into sets to provide increased capacity during busy seasons[3] until the three pairs of cars were withdrawn in 2015.[4]

Build details

The build details for the three sets are as follows.[5]

Set No. Manufacturer Date delivered
A101 Tokyu Car 9 December 1999
A102 12 January 2000
A103 27 January 2000

Further reading


  1. ^ a b c JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.
  2. ^ JR電車編成表 2011夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2011]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 16. ISBN 978-4-330-21211-1.
  3. ^ a b Matsumoto, Norihisa (April 2014). 転用進むJR特急車 [JR Limited Express Trains and Continuing Reassignment]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 54, no. 636. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. pp. 28–29.
  4. ^ a b 車両のうごき2015-2016 [Rolling Stock changes 2015-2016]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 56, no. 663. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. July 2016. p. 66.
  5. ^ a b c d JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 14. ISBN 978-4-330-14310-1.
  6. ^ a b c 特急「つがる」へのE751系車両導入について [Introduction of E751 series trains on "Tsugaru" limited express] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company - Akita Branch. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  7. ^ Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 50. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4.
  8. ^ 2010年12月ダイヤ改正について [December 2010 Timetable Revision] (in Japanese). JR East - Akita Branch. 24 September 2010. pp. 8–9. Archived from the original (pdf) on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010.