|In service 23 June 2014|
Replaced 2000 series
Number built 14 vehicles (6 sets)
|Built at Kobe|
|Manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries|
The 8600 series (8600系) is a tilting limited express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku) in Shikoku, Japan, on Ishizuchi limited express services between Takamatsu and Matsuyama since June 2014, replacing ageing 2000 series diesel multiple unit trains. A total of 14 vehicles are scheduled to be delivered by March 2016, replacing all diesel units on the route.
The trains are built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to a "retro-future" concept, with black front ends intended to evoke images of a steam locomotive. The exterior livery includes orange and green highlights evoking the satsuma oranges and olives for which the region is famous. Each vehicle is built at a cost of approximately 250 million yen, financed partially by national infrastructure investment subsidies. The trains will operate at a maximum speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) in service, although they have a maximum design capability of 140 km/h (85 mph). Tilting capability enables the trains to negotiate curves with a radius of 600 m or more at a speed 30 km/h (20 mph) higher than the limit for conventional non-tilting trains.
Three-car sets E1 - E2
The three-car sets, numbered E1 and E2, include "Green" car (first class) accommodation in half of one car, and are formed as follows, with one motored car and two non-powered trailer cars.
The "Tsc" car is fitted with a single-arm pantograph.
Two-car sets E11 - E14
The two-car sets, numbered E11 to E14, are formed with one motored "M" car and one trailer "T" car, as shown below.
The "Tc" car is fitted with a single-arm pantograph.
Passenger accommodation consists of ordinary-class 2+2 abreast reclining seats with a seat pitch of 980 mm (39 in) and "Green car" (first class) 2+1 abreast reclining seats with a seat pitch of 1,170 mm (46 in). Each seat is provided with an AC power outlet. The "Mc" car has a "Fresh Green" theme with light-green and dark-green seat covers; the "Tc" car has a "Shine Orange" theme, with orange and brown seat covers. The "Tc" car has a wider (900 mm) door for wheelchair accessibility, and includes a wheelchair space and universal access toilet. LED lighting is used throughout.
The first two pre-series set, E11 and E12, were delivered to Takamatsu Depot from the Kawasaki Heavy Industries factory in Kobe in February 2014. Test running commenced in March. The trains entered service on Ishizuchi limited express services between Takamatsu and Matsuyama on 23 June 2014.
The next four full-production sets (three-car sets E1 and E2 and two-car sets E13 and E14) were delivered from Kawasaki Heavy Industries in October 2015.