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500 series
16-car 500 series on Nozomi service, May 2008
In service 1997–present
Manufacturer Hitachi Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Constructed 1995–1998
Refurbishment 2008-2009
Number built 144 vehicles (9 sets)
Number in service 104 vehicles (9 sets)
Number scrapped 40 vehicles
Formation 8 or 16 cars per trainset
Capacity 16-car W set: 1,324 (200 Green + 1,124 Standard)
8-car V set: 635
Operator JR West
Depot(s) Hakata[1]
Line(s) served Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Sanyō Shinkansen
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Car length 25,000 mm (intermediate cars), 27,000 mm (end cars)
Width 3,380 mm
Height 3,690 mm
Maximum speed W set: 270 km/h (Tōkaidō), 300 km/h (Sanyō)
V set: 285 km/h (Sanyō), Design speed: 320 km/h
Acceleration 1.6 km/h/s [2]
1.92 km/h/s (High acceleration mode)[2]
Deceleration 2.7 km/h/s
Traction system (AC) WMT204 64 x 285(W1 set)/275 kW(from W2 set)[3]
Power output 18.24 MW (W1 set), 17.60 MW (W2 set onward)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 60 Hz
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Safety system(s) ATC
Gauge 1,435 mm

The 500 series (500系 ?) is a Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Sanyō Shinkansen lines in Japan.[4] They are designed to be capable of 320 km/h (200 mph) although they operate at a maximum of 300 km/h (190 mph) in service. The running gear utilizes computer-controlled active suspension for a smoother, safer ride, and anti-yaw dampers are fitted between cars for improved stability. All sixteen cars in each train are powered, giving a maximum of 18.24 MW (24,460 hp). Each train costs an estimated 5 billion yen, and only nine were built.

They have long, pointed nose cones much more like that of a supersonic plane than that of a conventional high-speed train. In 1990, Hitachi commissioned Neumeister Design of Germany to create an exterior and interior design for a new 350 km/h shinkansen. This became the basis for the development of the 500 series.[5]


16-car W sets

First announced by JR West in September 1994[6], the first set was delivered for testing in 1995, entering passenger service in March 1997. The entire fleet of nine sets was delivered by 1998. Besides the premium Nozomi services and the current Kodama services, full-length trains are also currently used on Hikari Rail Star services during the busy holiday periods.

With the steady increase in the number of N700 Series Shinkansen assigned to Nozomi services, the 500 series fleet was limited to just two return workings between Tokyo and Hakata from the start of the 15 March 2008 timetable. They are expected to be withdrawn from these workings as early as spring 2010.[7]


Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Designation Mc M1 Mp M2 M' M1 Mp Ms2 Ms M1s Mpkh M2 M' M1 Mp M2c
Numbering 521 526 527 528 525 526 527-400 518 515 516 527-700 528-700 525 526 527 522

Cars 5 and 13 each have one "T"-style current collector.[8]



8-car V sets (500-7000 series)

8-car 500 series Kodama set at Himeji Station, August 2009

Five of the original nine 500 series sets were modified and shortened to 8 cars during 2008 and cascaded to Sanyō Shinkansen Kodama workings, replacing the earlier 0 series sets.[9] The first reformed 8-car set was unveiled to the press on 28 March 2008, and the trains entered service on twelve daily Kodama runs from 1 December 2008.[10]

All passenger saloons on the 8-car 500 series trains have been made no-smoking, with new smoking compartments installed. The maximum operating speed of these trains has been reduced to 285 km/h (177 mph).[11]


Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Designation Mc M1 Mp M2 M M1 Mpkh M2c
Numbering 521-7000 526-7000 527-7000 528-7000 525-7000 526-7200 527-7700 522-7000
Formerly 521 (car 1) 526 (car 2) 527 (car 3) 528 (car 4) 525 (car 13) 516 (car 10) 527-700 (car 11) 522 (car 16)

Cars 2 and 7 each have one single-arm pantograph.[8]

See also


  1. ^ JR電車編成表 '07冬号 (JR EMU Formations - Winter 2007). Japan: JRR. December 2006. ISBN 4882830469.  
  2. ^ a b Railway Journal: p.36. September 2007.  
  3. ^ Railway Journal: p.46. May 2008.  
  4. ^ JR全車両ハンドブック2006 (JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006). Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006.  
  5. ^ N+P Industrial Design GmbH "Shinkansen Nozomi 500" Retrieved on 16 April 2009.
  6. ^ Semmens, Peter (1997). High Speed in Japan: Shinkansen - The World's Busiest High-speed Railway. Sheffield, UK: Platform 5 Publishing. ISBN 1872524885.  
  7. ^ Minetoshi, Ippei; Suzuki, Takeshi (18 February 2009). "Ultrafast 500 Series to zoom no more on Tokaido Line". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 19 March 2009.  
  8. ^ a b JR電車編成表 2009夏 (JR EMU Formations - Summer 2009). Japan: JRR. June 2009. ISBN 978-4-330-06909-8.  
  9. ^ "Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō" magazine February 2008 issue, p74
  10. ^ "平成20年度【冬】の臨時列車の運転について (Winter 2008 Operation of the Special Train" (in Japanese). West Japan Railway. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2009.  
  11. ^ "新幹線こだま 500系 (Kodama Shinkansen 500 series)" (in Japanese). West Japan Railway. 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2009.  

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Simple English

The 500 Series Shinkansen are currently the fastest trains on the Shinkansen network. They run on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen railway lines. The 500 Series Shinkansen runs only the Nozomi service. This means it stops at the fewest amount of stations. Because of this, it is the fastest Shinkansen service. All 500 Series services are run with 16 cars. Seats on 13 cars of the 16 cars train are reserved.

The 500 Series is going to be replaced by the N700 Series in 2009. When this happens, the 500 series will run with fewer cars and will stop at more stations. It will be running a slower Hikari service, instead of a Nozomi service.


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