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E3 series
E3 komachi 2.jpg
E3 series Komachi at Omagari station, September 2005
In service 1997–Present
Manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Tokyu Car Corporation
Family name Mini-shinkansen
Constructed 1995–2009
Number under construction 7 vehicles (1 set)
Number built 254 vehicles (40 sets)
Number in service 254 vehicles (40 sets)
Formation 6/7 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers R1–R26, L51–L53, L61–L72
Capacity 6-car R sets: 338 (23 Green + 315 Standard)
7-car L50 sets (E3-1000): 402 (23 Green + 379 Standard)
7-car L60 sets (E3-2000): 394 (23 Green + 371 Standard)
Operator JR East
Depot(s) Akita, Yamagata
Line(s) served Tōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen
Specifications
Car body construction Aluminium
Car length 20,050 mm to 23,070 mm
Width 2,945 mm
Maximum speed 275 km/h (Tōhoku Shinkansen), 130 km/h (Akita/Yamagata Shinkansen)
Acceleration 1.6 km/h/s
Traction system 16 x 300 kW (6-car sets), 20 x 300 kW (7-car sets)
Power output 4.8 MW (6-car sets), 6 MW (7-car sets)
Electric system(s) 20/25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Current collection method overhead catenary
Safety system(s) DS-ATC, ATS-P
Gauge 1,435 mm


The E3 series (E3系 ?) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type built for Komachi services which commenced on 3 June 1997, coinciding with opening of the new Akita Shinkansen 'mini-shinkansen' line, a regular 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow-gauge line between Morioka and Akita upgraded to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge. Later versions of the E3 series were also introduced for use on Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa services. Both 'mini-shinkansen' lines join the Tōhoku Shinkansen, providing services south to Tokyo.

Like the 400 Series Shinkansen, these trains are built to a smaller loading gauge than mainline Shinkansen trains—the width and length of each car is reduced to fit on the narrower clearances of the 'mini-shinkansen'.

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Variants

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E3 series

The initial trainsets 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. Sets R1 to R16 are leased by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) from the owning company, Akita Shinkansen Sharyō Hoyū (秋田新幹線車両保有(株) ?), a third-sector company jointly owned by JR East and Akita Prefecture.[1]

Formation

Car No. 11 12 13 14 15 16
Designation M1sc M2 T T M1 M2c
Numbering E311 E326 E329 E328 E325 E322
Seating capacity 23 67 60 68 64 56

Cars 12 and 15 are equipped with PS206 single-arm pantographs.[1]

Build history

Set number(s) Date delivered[2] Remarks
R1 March 1995 Pre-production set (originally 5 cars)
R2 - R16 October 1996 - February 1997 Built as 5-car sets
R17 September 1998 6-car sets from new
R18 October 2002
R19 November 2002
R20 March 2003
R21 September 2003
R22 October 2003
R23 December 2003
R24 March 2005
R25 July 2005
R26 July 2005

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E3-1000 series

E3-1000 series trainset on Tsubasa service, November 2003

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.

Formation

Car No. 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Designation M1sc M2 T1 M2 T2 M1 M2c
Numbering E311-1000 E326-1000 E329-1000 E326-1100 E328-1000 E325-1000 E322-1000
Seating capacity 23 67 60 68 64 64 56

Cars 12 and 14 are equipped with PS206 single-arm pantographs.[1]

Build history

Set number Date delivered[2] Manufacturer
L51 11 August 1999 Tokyu Car
L52 11 September 1999 Kawasaki HI
L53 17 August 2005 Tokyu Car

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E3-2000 series

E3-2000 series on a Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa service, May 2009

The first of a fleet of twelve new E3-2000 series 7-car sets entered service on Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa services on 20 December 2008.[3] The new fleet will totally replace the older 400 series trains by summer 2009. The new trains incorporate design improvements, including active suspension, full-colour LED destination indicators, and AC power outlets in all cars.[4] Seating capacity in cars 16 and 17 has been reduced by 4 (one row of seats) compared with the E3-1000 series to provide uniform seating pitch in all cars (seat pitch was previously reduced in non-reserved cars).

Formation

Car No. 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Designation M1sc M2 T1 M2 T2 M1 M2c
Numbering E311-2000 E326-2000 E329-2000 E326-2100 E328-2000 E325-2000 E322-2000
Seating capacity 23 67 60 68 64 60 52

Cars 12 and 14 are equipped with PS206 single-arm pantographs.[1]

Build history

Set number Date delivered[5] Manufacturer
L61 9 October 2008 Kawasaki HI
L62 9 December 2008 Kawasaki HI
L63 7 January 2009 Kawasaki HI
L64 17 February 2009 Kawasaki HI
L65 3 March 2009 Kawasaki HI
L66 25 March 2009 Kawasaki HI
L67 28 March 2009 Tokyu Car
L68 14 April 2009 Kawasaki HI
L69 19 May 2009 Kawasaki HI
L70 30 June 2009 Kawasaki HI
L71 22 July 2009 Kawasaki HI
L72 - Kawasaki HI

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See also

References

  • JR全車両ハンドブック2006 (JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006). Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006.  
  • Semmens, Peter (1997). High Speed in Japan: Shinkansen - The World's Busiest High-speed Railway. Sheffield, UK: Platform 5 Publishing. ISBN 1-872524-88-5.  
  1. ^ a b c d JR電車編成表 2009夏 (JR EMU Formations - Summer 2009). Japan: JRR. June 2009. ISBN 978-4-330-06909-8.  
  2. ^ a b JR電車編成表 '07冬号 (JR EMU Formations - Winter 2007). Japan: JRR. December 2006. ISBN 4-88283-046-9.  
  3. ^ "山形新幹線に新型車両" (New Trains for Yamagata Shinkansen). (20 December 2008). Retrieved on 20 December 2008. (Japanese)
  4. ^ JR East (3 July 2007). "山形新幹線「つばさ」用車両の新造について" (in Japanese) (PDF). Press release. http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2007_1/20070705.pdf. Retrieved 10 August 2008.  
  5. ^ "つばさの世代交代". Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Kōyūsha) 49 (584): p.42-43. December 2009.  

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