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JR Shikoku 8000 series

The 8000 series (sharp end)

Data (as of 6 Jul 2024)

Status:  Least Concern 
Constructed in: 1992-98
Number built: 48
Registered: 45


The 8000 series is a type of limited express train for Yosan Line. JR developed the series when Yosan Line electrification was extended to Matsuyama area. There is a tilting feature based on that of 2000 series, allowing faster speed at tight curves. When a prototype unit was delivered, JR Shikoku carried out testing on Kosei Line near Kyoto, running at 160 km/h (100 mph). However, it later became clear that running at that speed was not practical in the island of Shikoku, and thus the maximum speed was set to 130 km/h (81 mph).

The 8000 series trains have been used for Limited Express Ishizuchi (Takamatsu - Matsuyama) and Shiokaze (Okayama - Matsuyama). There are three and five-carriage units, and they often form eight coaches. Three-carriage units can also be formed of two coaches.

Electric Tilt Train of Queensland Rail in Australia is based on the 8000 series.

Current Operations & Future Prospects

The 8000 series is currently used on Limited Express Ishizuchi and Shiokaze as mentioned above. Schedules of trains provided by the 8000 series and newer 8600 series are separated and thus not randomly allocated. JR Shikoku withdrew a prototype unit in 2018, but others are still in use. The company will carry out the second refurbish programme in 2023-28.


The 8000 series (blunt end).

A unit was repainted like EMU800 series of Taiwan Railways, commemorating the partnership agreement between them.

The Taiwan-liveried 8000 series lasted for a year and restored to normal in 2018.

(Updated: 6 Jul 2024)

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