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In service  1954–1985
Constructed  1952–1958
Replaced  63 series
72 series
Manufacturer  JNR Niitsu Works, Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Kisha Seizō, Nippon Sharyo, Teikoku Sharyo, Tokyu Car
Number built  1,157 vehicles (total) 490 vehicles (72 series) 667 vehicles (conversions from 63 series)
Number preserved  4 vehicles (as of November 2016)

The 72 series (72系) trains were DC electric commuter trains operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and served as the basis for the 101 series. The 72 series included the main production batch of 490 coaches as well as 667 former 63 series coaches converted into 72 series between 1953 and 1955. The last remaining trains were withdrawn in 1985, although some cars which were converted into mail coaches and experimental vehicles continued to remain in service until 1996.

Preserved examples

  • KuMoHa 73001: Privately preserved in Saeki, Hiroshima. Restored in October 2013, awaiting move to Yanahara Fureai Mine Park.
  • KuMoYa 90005: Stored at JR Central Hamamatsu Depot.
  • KuMoYa 90801 (partial): Preserved at JR East Railway Museum (Saitama).
  • KuMoNi 83006: Used at the Toshiba factory in Fuchu, Tokyo.
  • References

    72 series Wikipedia

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