The Red List of Trains in Japan

JR West KiHa 189 series

Data (as of 6 Jul 2024)

Status:  Least Concern 
Constructed in: 2010
Number built: 21
Registered: 21


This article is about JR West KiHa 189 series (diesel). Do not be confused with JNR 189 series (electric).

The KiHa 189 series is a type of diesel train for Limited Express Hamakaze (Osaka - Tottori via Bantan Line). It was introduced following track improvement work on San-in Main and Bantan Lines, replacing KiHa 181 series. Each unit is formed of three coaches, and capable of running at 130 km/h (81 mph). Unlike ugly-designed KiHa 187 series, the KiHa 189 series resembles its predecessor, the KiHa 181 series.

Current Operations & Future Prospects

The KiHa 189 series is mostly used for Limited Express Hamakaze, but also for few Biwako Express (Osaka to Kusatsu).

(Updated: 6 Jul 2024)

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