The Red List of Trains in Japan

JNR 143 and 145 series

KuMoYa 145 at Nakahara Depot, Kawasaki

Data (as of 6 Jul 2024)

*See tables further below.


The 143 series and 145 series are types of electric multiple unit for non-passenger trains developed by Japanese National Railways. They are different series but their purposes and appearances are very similar. Today, they are used as shunters and "alternative cab units", used when intermediate carriages run between depots. There were also parcel and mail trains in the past.

143 series▼

145 series▼

Current Operations & Future Prospects

JR West has KuMoYa 145 carriages and uses them as shunters. They seldom run mainlines as alternative cab unit (empty coaching stock movement). They are also likely to be withdrawn in the near future, but presumably after retirement of other old trains (e.g. 115 series).


KuMoYa 143 in Shonan Livery.

(Updated: 6 Jul 2024)

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