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800 series
Kyusyushinkansen type800 shinminamata.jpg
800 series train at Shin-Minamata station
In service 2004–Present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Ltd.
Number under construction 18 vehicles (3 sets)
Number built 36 vehicles (6 sets)
Number in service 36 vehicles (6 sets) (as of July 2009)
Formation 6 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers U001–U006
Capacity 392 (Standard class only)
Operator JR Kyushu
Depot(s) Sendai
Line(s) served Kyushu Shinkansen
Car body construction Aluminium
Car length 25,000 mm (intermediate cars), 27,350 mm (end cars)
Width 3,380 mm
Height 3,650 mm
Maximum speed 260 km/h
Acceleration 2.5 km/h/s
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 60 Hz
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Gauge 1,435 mm

The 800 series (800系 ?) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by JR Kyushu on the Kyushu Shinkansen high-speed rail line. Built by Hitachi, the trains were introduced on the Tsubame services from March 2004.

The 800 series has a maximum speed of 260 km/h (160 mph) in service, although its maximum design speed is 285 km/h (177 mph).

It abandons the 700's "duckbill" nose in favor of a sharper nose. The livery is white, with a red stripe.



The Kyushu Shinkansen runs a large portion in tunnels. Designers paid special attention to the interior design of the 800 series to create a more pleasant travel experience. More traditional materials and design features are used to embody Kyushu's warm and natural environment.

Persimmon tannin color is used for the walls, ancient lacquer for the doors, and Kyushu traditional rope curtain from Yatsushiroigusa for the lavatory are used. The seats are made of wood versus metal/plastic combinations from previous trains and the cushions are produced using Nishijin textiles. Window curtains are produced from bamboo, and interior flooring is also made of wood.[1]

Seating is four abreast (2 by 2), with wheelchair-accessible seating and lavatory facilities in two of the six cars.

800 series interior

New 800 series

JR Kyushu announced in December 2008 that three new 800 series sets would be delivered between summer 2009 and autumn 2010, ahead of the completion of the entire Kyushu Shinkansen route between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chūō in 2011.[2] The first of the new batch, set U007, was delivered in June 2009[3], and is scheduled to enter service on 22 August 2009.[4] Externally, the new sets feature minor livery changes regarding the red stripe, and internally, each car features different colour seat covers.[5] Sets U007 and U009 are to include track condition monitoring equipment and be numbered in the 800-1000 series, while set U008 will feature overhead wire and signal monitoring equipment and be numbered in the 800-2000 series.[6]

See also


  • JR全車両ハンドブック2006 (JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006). Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006.  
  • JR電車編成表 '07冬号 (JR EMU Formations - Winter 2007). Japan: JRR. December 2006. ISBN 4-88283-046-9.  
  1. ^ "懐九州新幹線つばめ / 800系新幹線電車". Retrieved on 28 May 2009.(Japanese)
  2. ^ "懐かしくて新しいインターナショナルな新800系の誕生" (17 December 2008). Retrieved on 18 December 2008.(Japanese)
  3. ^ Japan Railfan Magazine: "新800系が川内に到着" (New 800 series arrives at Sendai) (24 June 2009). Retrieved on 26 June 2009. (Japanese)
  4. ^ Japan Railfan Magazine: "新800系,8月22日に営業運転を開始" (New 800 series to enter revenue service on 22 August) (3 August 2009). Retrieved on 4 August 2009. (Japanese)
  5. ^ Rail Magazine: "新800系第1編成が完成。" (2 August 2009). Retrieved on 5 August 2009 (Japanese)
  6. ^ ""新800系登場 (New 800 series)". Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Kōyūsha) 49 (582): p75–81. October 2009.  

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