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E5 series
E5 S11 Sendai 20090725.JPG
Pre-production set S11 at Sendai General Depot, July 2009
Manufacturer Hitachi Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Replaced E2 series
Constructed 2009–
Entered service 2011
Number under construction 590 vehicles (59 sets) on order
Number built 10 vehicles (1 set)
Formation 10 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers S11
Capacity 731 (658 Standard, 55 Green, 18 Super Green)[1]
Operator JR East
Line(s) served Tōhoku Shinkansen
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Car length 26,500 mm (end cars), 25,000 mm (intermediate cars)[2]
Width 3,350 mm
Height 3,650 mm
Maximum speed 320 km/h
Acceleration 1.71 km/h/s
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead
Safety system(s) DS-ATC
Gauge 1,435 mm

The E5 series (E5系 ?) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type on order by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) for use on Tōhoku Shinkansen services from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori commencing in 2011. A total of 59 10-car sets are on order.[3]

Technology incorporated in these trains is derived from the experimental Fastech 360S train tested by JR East. Maximum speed will be 320 km/h, although services will initially run at a maximum speed of 300 km/h until 2013.[4]

According to details released by JR East in February 2009, the exterior design of the trains is broadly based on the experimental Fastech 360S train, with a colour scheme of "Tokiwa" (常盤 ?) green for the upper body and "Hiun" (飛雲 ?) white for the lower body, separated by a "Hayate" pink stripe.[5]



Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Designation Tc M2 M1 M2 M1k M2 M1 M2 M1s Tsc
Numbering E523 E526-100 E525 E526-200 E525-400 E526-300 E525-100 E526-400 E515 E514

Cars 3 and 7 each have one single-arm pantograph.[2]


Car 10 (at the Aomori end) will be designated a "Super Green Car" (provisional name), featuring 18 power-reclining "shell" seats in 2+1 abreast configuration. Seat pitch will be 1,300 mm compared to 1,160 mm for conventional Green Car (first class) seating.[6] The pre-production set, S11, does not however include "Super Green Car" accommodation.[1] Standard class cars have a seat pitch of 1,040 mm, which is 60 mm larger than on the earlier E2 series trains.[2]


The pre-production set (S11) was delivered in May 2009 ahead of extensive test running on the Tōhoku Shinkansen.[7] Cars 1 to 5 were built by Hitachi Ltd. in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and cars 6 to 10 were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Hyogo Prefecture.[8] Set S11 made its first appearance at Tokyo Station on 9 December 2009.[9]

Three sets are due to be in service in time for the start of operations to Aomori in spring 2011.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b MLIT press release: 東北新幹線に導入予定の新型高速新幹線車両(E5系)に係る安全性確認書の交付を行います (9 June 2009). Retrieved on 18 June 2009. (Japanese)
  2. ^ a b c "JR東日本 E5系新幹線電車(量産先行車) (JR East E5 series shinkansen pre-production train)". Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 38 (304): p68–69. August 2009.  
  3. ^ a b Sankei News: "新型新幹線は白とピンク スピード感表現" (3 February 2009). Retrieved on 3 February 2009. (Japanese)
  4. ^ JR East press release: "東北新幹線八戸~新青森間の開業時期について" (10 November 2008). Retrieved on 3 February 2009. (Japanese)
  5. ^ JR East press release: "新型高速新幹線車両(E5系)のデザインについて" (Information on Design of New Shinkansen (E5 Series) Trains) (3 February 2009). Retrieved on 3 February 2009. (Japanese)
  6. ^ JR East press release: First Introduction of a 1st Class "Super Green Car" (tentative name) for New "Hayate" Shinkansen Trains (E5 Series)! (8 April 2008). Retrieved on 3 February 2009. (English)
  7. ^ "E5系S11編成仙台港に陸揚げ" (E5 series set S11 unloaded at Sendai Port) (24 May 2009). Retrieved on 25 May 2009. (Japanese)
  8. ^ "JR車両の動き (JR Rolling Stock Changes)". Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 38 (305): p125. September 2009.  
  9. ^ Japan Railfan Magazine: "E5系が東京へ初入線" (E5 series reaches Tokyo for first time) (10 December 2009). Retrieved on 11 December 2009. (Japanese)


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