271 series

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271 series
JR West Unit HA654 Tokyo side Kyoto 20191109.jpg
Set HA654 at Kyoto Station in November 2019
In service14 March - 1 April 2020 (temporary)
Manufacturer Kinki Sharyo
Family nameHaruka
Constructed2019–
Entered service14 March 2020
Number under construction12 cars (4 sets)
Number built6 cars (2 sets)
Number in serviceNone (all in temporary storage)
Formation3 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersHA651 HA656
Operator(s) JR West
Specifications
Maximum speed130 km/h (80 mph)
Traction system Variable frequency (SiC-MOSFET)
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC overhead lines
Current collection method Pantograph
Safety system(s)ATS-SW・P and Dead man's switch
Multiple working 281 series
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 271 series (271系, 271-kei) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) on Haruka limited express services to and from Kansai International Airport. [1]

Contents

Design

The trains inherit some of design elements of the 281 series currently used on Haruka services, such as its livery, the Haruka branding and the "square dot" logos. [1]

Formations

The trains are formed as three-car sets, and will be coupled to 281 series units in order to form nine-car trains. [2] The 271 series trains are formed as follows. [3]

CarEnd carIntermediate carEnd car
DesignationKumoha 271Moha 270Kumoha 270

Interior

The interior features a 2+2 seating arrangement with rotating and reclining seats, AC power outlets on all seats, as well as dedicated luggage spaces. Multilingual passenger informations are provided on displays above the doors. [2]

History

On 21 June 2019 JR West announced the introduction of new 271 series trains on Haruka limited express services. [4] The order for 18 cars was worth 6 billion yen. The first train was unveiled at the Kinki Sharyo head office on 10 July 2019. [2] The trains entered revenue service on 14 March 2020, [5] but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent drop of air travellers, JR West decided to postpone lengthening the Haruka trains to nine cars, temporarily taking the brand-new 271 Series out of service on the 1st of April 2020.

Currently, all Haruka trains are still formed in six car sets; once the pandemic is over and air travel increases, the 271 Series will re-enter service. [6]

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References

  1. 1 2 Fukuoka, Makoto (10 July 2019). "JR関空特急『はるか』新型車両「271系」お披露目" [JR Kanku Express "Haruka" new vehicle "271 series" unveiled]. Tetsudo Shimbun (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. 1 2 3 Ueshin, Daisuke (10 July 2019). "JR西日本271系「はるか」増結用の新型車両を報道公開 - 写真97枚" [JR West's 271 series "Haruka" new vehicle public announcement - 97 photos]. news.mynavi.jp (in Japanese). Mynavi Corporation. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. "JR西日本,271系を報道陣に公開" [JR West releases 271 series to the press]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 10 July 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. "特急「はるか」に新型車両を投入 営業開始時期は2020年春ごろ" [The new model for the "Haruka" limited express is launched around spring 2020]. tetsudo-ch.com (in Japanese). EXPRESS Co., Ltd. 21 June 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  5. "271系が試運転を行ない吹田へ" [The 271 series performs trial operation and goes to Suita]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 11 July 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  6. ""Temporary services suspension" - JR West" (PDF). 24 March 2020.