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Class 951
951-1 Kokubunji Hikari Plaza 20060729.JPG
951-1 preserved in Kokubunji, Tokyo, July 2006
In service 1969–1973
Manufacturer Kawasaki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Constructed 1969
Number built 2 vehicles
Number preserved 2
Formation 2 cars
Operator JNR
Specifications
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Car length 25,000 mm[1]
Width 3,386 mm
Doors 2 sliding doors per side
Traction system 250 kW x 8
Power output 2,000 kW
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 60 Hz
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Gauge 1,435 mm

The Class 951 (951形 ?) was an experimental Japanese Shinkansen train built for testing technology for future high-speed trains operating at speeds of up to 250 km/h following the opening of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen in 1964.[1][2]

Formation

  1. 951-1 (Mc) built by Kawasaki Sharyo, seating capacity 40
  2. 951-2 (M'c) built by Nippon Sharyo, seating capacity 50

History

The train was unveiled to the press on 26 March 1969, with formal test running commencing on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen from 2 July 1969.[3]

On 24 February 1972, the Class 951 recorded a world speed record of 286 km/h on the Sanyō Shinkansen between Himeji and] Nishi-Akashi, breaking the previous record of 256 km/h set by the Class 1000 Shinkansen.[1]

The train was formally withdrawn in April 1980, and transferred to the Railway Technical Research Institute in Kokubunji, Tokyo, where it was used on roller rig testing. Car 951-1 was donated to the nearby Hikari Plaza Community Centre, where it is open to the public. Car 951-2 is stored out of use inside the Railway Technical Research Institute.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d プロトタイプの世界 - Prototype World. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbunsha. December 2005. ISBN 4910065141258.  
  2. ^ "新幹線試験電車". Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Kōyūsha) 9 (91): p8–10. January 1969.  
  3. ^ Suda, Hiroshi (2000). "東海道新幹線" (Tōkaidō Shinkansen). Tokyo, Japan: JTB Can Books. ISBN 4-533-03563-9.  
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