The Red List of Trains in Japan

JR West KiHa 126 series

Data (as of 6 Jul 2024)

Status:  Least Concern 
Constructed in: 2000-03
Number built: 29
Registered: 29


The KiHa 126 series is a type of diesel multiple units for regional services in San'in region. JR West introduced the series in conjunction with modernisation programme in the region funded by local governments, replacing KiHa 58 series. There are two types: KiHa 121 (double-ended) and KiHa 126 (single-ended). Nine KiHa 121 and twenty KiHa 126 carriages were introduced with zero-interest loans provided by Shimane and Tottori Prefectures.

As the region has been struggling with depopulation for decades, JR West designed the series as less costly than old trains in terms of production, operation and maintenance. Hence, its appearance is far from stylish but mostly a simple cuboid. Engines and other equipment are based on those of KiHa 187 series though maximum speed of the KiHa 126 series is 100 km/h (62 mph).

Due to the political reason indicated above (i.e. taxpayers' money), the series is mostly used in Shimane and Tottori Prefectures, but a few run as far as Hamasaka in Hyogo Prefecture.

Current Operations & Future Prospects

The KiHa 126 series is mainly used on San-in Main Line between Tottori and Masuda (inckuding Rapid Tottori Liner) as well as Imbi Line between Tottori and Chizu. There are also limited services on San-in Main Line as far as Hamasaka as well as Hakubi Line between Yonago and Shoyama.


Some KiHa 126 units have special decoration. The second unit has pictures of Iwami Kagura, the local ceremonial dance that dates back to the 14th or 15th century.

(Updated: 6 Jul 2024)

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