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JR West is converting 683-2000 series trains to DC-only and calling them 289 series. It's not clear based on the two links below whether the AC capability was just locked out, or if hardware was removed. These are surplus to requirements after the March timetable revision, which must have been fairly dramatic as the 289 series will apparently be 85 cars total when everything is converted. JRW got only 27 cars from Hokuetsu if I understand it correctly, so it's not just because of that. These will replace all 381 series at Suita and Fukuchiyama depots, and be used on Hashidate, Kinosaki, Ko
On Saturday, November 9, JR West Suita depot held its open day for 2013. On display were: 583 series used on Kitaguni sleeper services 481 series panorama car, part of the 485 AC/DC express series 103-1, used on the Osaka Loop at some point. It was completed by Nippon Sharyo on May 28, 1964 and first used in Tokyo, and retired March 30, 2011 at Hineno. 52001, built in 1936 and used on kyuko services between Kyoto and Kobe http://railf.jp/news/2013/11/10/213000.html several videos: SankeiUp 55oresama KENKENKAICHO