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E6 series
In service March 2013–
Replaced E3 series
Operator JR East
Line(s) served Tōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen
Specifications
Maximum speed 320 km/h (Tōhoku Shinkansen)
130 km/h (Akita Shinkansen)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 50 Hz (Tōhoku Shinkansen)
20 kV AC, 50 Hz (Akita Shinkansen)
Current collection method Overhead catenary
Gauge 1,435 mm

The E6 series (E6系 ?) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type on order by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) for use on Komachi 'mini-shinkansen' services on the Tōhoku Shinkansen and Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo to Akita commencing in March 2013. The new trains will operate in conjunction with newly introduced E5 series trains, initially on just two or three return services daily. They will replace all the existing E3 series trains on Komachi services by March 2014.[1]

Technology incorporated in these trains will be derived from the experimental Fastech 360Z train previously tested by JR East. From March 2014, the maximum speed will be raised to 320 km/h on the Tōhoku Shinkansen, with the maximum speed on the Akita Shinkansen tracks remaining at 130 km/h, allowing journey times between Tokyo and Akita to be reduced by between 10 and 15 minutes.[1]

Interior

The new trains will feature similar improvements to passenger accommodation as featured on the E5 series trains, including AC power outlets. Seating will be in the standard 2+2 arrangement for mini-shinkansen trains.[1]

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