E3 Series Shinkansen


E3 Series Shinkansen

Infobox EMU
name = E3 Series Shinkansen



imagesize = 240px
caption = E3 Series "Komachi" at Omagari station, September 2005
InService = 1997 - Present
Manufacturer = Kawasaki HI, Tōkyū Car
Family =
Built = 184+ vehicles (30+ sets)
Refurbishment =
Formation = 6/7 cars per trainset
Operator = JR East
Depots = Akita, Yamagata
LinesServed = Tōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen
CarBody = Aluminium
CarLength = 20,050 mm to 23,070 mm
CarWidth = 2,945 mm
CarHeight =
MaxSpeed = 275 km/h (Tōhoku Shinkansen), 130 km/h (Akita/Yamagata Shinkansen)
Weight =
Capacity = 6-car R set
338 (23 Green + 315 Standard)
7-car L set (E3-1000)
402 (23 Green + 379 Standard)
Acceleration = 1.6 km/h/s
Deceleration =
Traction = 16 x 300 kW (6 car set), 20 x 300 kW (7 car set)
Power = 4.8 MW (6 car set), 6 MW (7 car set)
Gauge = 1,435 mm
Voltage = 20/25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary
Brakes =
SafetySystem =

The E3 Series Shinkansen are Japanese Shinkansen high-speed trains built for "Komachi" services coinciding with the opening of the new Akita Shinkansen 'mini-Shinkansen' line, converted from a regular 1,067 mm (3'6") narrow-gauge line between Morioka and Akita. The line joins with the Tōhoku Shinkansen.

Like the 400 Series Shinkansen, these trains are built to a smaller loading gauge to fit on the narrower clearances of the 'mini-Shinkansen'.

Variants

E3 series

The initial units built from 1995 for the Akita Shinkansen were 5-car sets, but sixth cars were added by the end of 1998. A total of 26 Akita Shinkansen sets were in service by the end of 2005.

Build history

E3-1000 series

Three sets classified E3-1000 (L51 - L53) are formed of seven cars. These are used interchangeably with 400 series sets on the Yamagata Shinkansen "Tsubasa" services.

Build history

E3-2000 series

A new build of twelve 7-car E3-2000 series sets is scheduled to enter service on the Yamagata Shinkansen from December 2008, totally replacing the older 400 series trains by summer 2009. These new trains will incorporate design improvements, including active suspension, full-colour LED destination indicators, and AC power outlets in all cars. [cite press release| url=http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2007_1/20070705.pdf| format=PDF| title=山形新幹線「つばさ」用車両の新造について| language=Japanese| publisher=JR East| date=2007-07-03| accessdate=2008-08-10| ] The first set was scheduled to be shown off to the media at Sendai in October 2008. [cite press release| url=http://www.jr-sendai.com/doc/20081007185222.pdf| format=PDF| title=山形新幹線「つばさ」用車両(E3 系2000 代)の報道公開のご案内について| language=Japanese| publisher=JR East| date=2008-10-02| accessdate=2008-10-09|]

References

External links

* [http://www.jreast.co.jp/train/shinkan/e3.html E3 Series "Komachi/Tsubasa/Yamabiko/Nasuno"] ja icon


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