Kintetsu 50000 series – Wikipedia

Japanese train type

Kintetsu 50000 series

A Kintetsu 50000 series EMU on a Shimakaze service, April 2013

In service 21 March 2013 – present
Manufacturer Kinki Sharyo
Family name Shimakaze
Constructed 2012–2014
Number built 18 vehicles (3 sets)
Number in service 18 vehicles (3 sets)
Formation 6 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers SV01 – SV03
Operator(s) Kintetsu Railway
Car body construction Steel
Car length 21,600 mm (70 ft 10 in) (end cars)
20,500 mm (67 ft 3 in) (intermediate cars)
Width 2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in)
Height 4,150 mm (13 ft 7 in)
Doors Plug doors (1 per side)
Maximum speed 130 km/h (80 mph)
Traction system 2-level PWM variable-frequency (using IGBT)
Acceleration 2.5 km/h/s
Deceleration 4.0 km/h/s
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current collector(s) Overhead line
Bogies KD-320 (motored), KD-320A (trailer)
Safety system(s) ATS
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)

The Kintetsu 50000 series (近鉄50000系) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Japanese private railway operator Kintetsu Railway for use on luxury Shimakaze limited express services since March 2013.[1]


The trains entered revenue service from 21 March 2013 on daily Shimakaze limited express services from Ōsaka Namba and Kintetsu Nagoya to Kashikojima on the Shima Line.[2][3]

A special supplement is required to travel on these services, in addition to the basic fare and limited express charge.[2] The 50000 series is one of the only normal service trains (as opposed to cruise trains and tourist excursions) to feature a dining car in Japan.


The three six-car trains are formed as shown below.[1][4]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6
Numbering Ku 50600 Mo 50500 Sa 50400 Mo 50300 Mo 50200 Ku 50100
Capacity 27 28 19 26 30 27
Weight (t) 44.0 49.0 39.0 47.0 49.0 44.0
Facilities WC Cafeteria WC, smoking compartment WC

Car 2 is fitted with two PT126-A single-arm pantographs, and cars 4 and 5 are each fitted with one.[1]


Seating in cars 1, 2, 5, and 6 is arranged 2+1 abreast, with a seat pitch of 1,250 mm (49 in).[5] The seats are covered in cream-coloured leather and feature individual controls for lumbar support and an inflate/deflate feature to help customers relax.[6] Car 3 features cafeteria seating on two levels (6 seats on the lower level and 13 on the upper level).[5] The upper level of the car features a wave-pattern counter along one side of the car. A spacious wheelchair-accessible toilet features a changing board for passengers to stand on to change clothes. The car also features a powder room for female passengers.[6] Car 4 features 4-person Japanese and western-style compartments and 6-person semi-open compartments.[5]


The train is painted in a sky blue and crystal white livery, reminiscent of the Ise-Shima ocean resort region. The train is named for the Shima region, and kaze, Japanese for “wind”.[6]

The trains run on bolsterless bogies with full active suspension.[4] The motored bogies are designated KD-320, and the trailer bogies are designated KD-320A.[4]


Starting in 2009, market research was conducted to help design the train; over 14,000 people were asked for their opinion. The study showed that over 60% of visitors to the region were female; this information was used to add the fitting boards and powder rooms to the design.[6] The first 50000 series set was delivered from Kinki Sharyo in September 2012.[2] The two trainsets entered revenue service on 21 March 2013.[3] In May 2014, the 50000 series was awarded the 2014 Blue Ribbon Award, presented annually by the Japan Railfan Club.[7] A presentation ceremony was held on 20 September 2014 at Kyoto Station.[8]

A third set entered service in October 2014.[9]


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