JNR 185 Series
Operated mainly as the Odoriko Limited Express on the Tokaido Main Line and the Akagi Limited Express on the Tohoku Main Line
In Service: 1981 - Present
Top Speed: 110km/h
20280 mm (End cars)
20000 mm (Middle cars)
Width: 2900 mm
6 motorized cars + 4 trailer cars (10 Car)
4 motorized cars + 3 trailer cars (7 Car)
3 motorized cars + 2 trailer cars (5 Car)
Electric System: 1500V DC through overhead wires
Number produced: 227 cars
The 185 Series was developed by the Japanese National Railways (JNR) to replace its fleet of 153 Series express trains and also work as a regular train if necessary.
However, it was later decided that it would also be run as a limited express. Having a certain type of train run as both a regular train and limited express was a first for the JNR.
Due to this design, the 185 Series has better acceleration but a lower top speed than other limited express type trains.
As a limited express, its interior was somewhat lacking and as a commuter train, a little tight. This made it a somewhat unpopular train among riders.
The 185 Series has since been improved and continues to be operated as a limited express by JR East.
Did you know?
The 185 Series is currently the only JR East limited express in service with opening windows.