E259 series

E259 series

Infobox EMU
name = E259 series

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InService = 2009 -
Manufacturer =
Family = N'EX
Built = 132 vehicles (on order)
Refurbishment =
Formation = 6 cars per trainset
Operator = JR East
Depots =
LinesServed =
CarBody = Aluminium
CarLength =
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CarHeight =
MaxSpeed = 130 km/h
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Gauge = 1,067 mm
Voltage = 1,500 V DC overhead
Brakes =
SafetySystem =

The E259 series is a DC electric multiple unit on order by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). A total of 132 vehicles formed as 22 6-car sets are due to be introduced over a period of two years from autumn 2009 on the "Narita Express" limited express services to and from Narita International Airport. They will replace the 253 series EMUs currently used on these services.

Each six-car set will consist of four motored cars and two trailers. Electrical and safety equipment will be duplicated, as on the E233 series commuter trains, to improve safety and reliability.

The colour scheme will be silver with red and black accents. [ [http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2008020500857 "成田エクスプレス、新型車両に=来秋から、荷物置き場に鍵も"] , Jiji Press, 5 February 2008 (Japanese)]

New features and improvements

* Active suspension on end cars and yaw dampers between all cars for improved ride comfort
* Improved passenger compartment floor construction for reduced interior noise
* Seat pitch increased from 980 mm to 1,020 mm in standard class (1,160 mm in Green cars)
* Provision of luggage space beneath seats
* Multilingual passenger information
* Security cameras in vestibule and luggage areas
* Lockable luggage storage areas
* Wheelchair-accessible toilets
* Reduced height difference between coach and platform
* Large tables
* Electric outlets


* [http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2007_2/20080202.pdf JR East press release announcing introduction of new E259 series trains] , 5 February 2008 ja icon

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