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|4rail.net - High Speed Trains - Shinkansen|
The Japanese "New Rail Line" Shinkansen first started its operation in 1964. Unlike the current high speed systems world wide, the Shinkansen is a separate system of its own. The trains run their own track all the way between their stations in the bigger cities. Of course this will crunch additional minutes of the scedules, but will also add huge costs in and around already builtup areas like cities.
For the moment the Shinkansen page is mostly a Japan super high speed picture page, but we will gradually add more information and additional pictures while they become available.
the fleet of the impressive Shinkansen series 300.
Two Shinkansen 300s resting at the Osaka station. Look at the heavy duty electric connection on the roof between the cars. The wires look incredibly narrow compared with the supporting structure!
entrance with doors that slide into the side.
The newer Shinkansen train "Hikari Rail Star" boarding at the airport...I mean station, alhough the personnel in the background sure look like they would be from the airport.
Hikari Rail Star for Shinkansen, another view to the streamlined shape of the Japanese designed nose. Many of the modern Japanese trains exported around the world have interesting streamlined design.
Hikari Rail Star pantograph and "fins".
Shinkansen series 300 seen on the Shinkansen line. Notice the separate traditional rail line close by. If this was in Europe, the super fast traffic would use traditional infrastructure inside the cities and the super high speed lines would be built outside the cities. In many cases it would be difficult to find new corridors for new lines in older European cities.
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Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Johanna Riihimäki, T-J Hämäläinen, Ilkka Siissalo, Sanna Siissalo, Stanislav Voronin, Siemens AG and John McKey.
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|Japan Super High Speed Train Types at Glance|
| Train type
|| Top speed
| Electrical system
|| Power kW
|Series 200||22||240 (150)||25 kV 50 Hz||9200||1P+8P+1P (all powered)||917||Joetsu|
|Series 400||12||240 (150)||20+25 kV 50 Hz||5040||1P+3P+1U+1P+1P||399||Tohoku, Yamagata|
|E1||6||240 (150)||25 kV 50 Hz||9840||1U+2P+2U+2P+2U+2P+1U||1229||Joetsu|
|E2||47||275 (170)||25 kV 50+60Hz||7200/9600||1U+6P+1U||630/815||Tohoku, Nagano|
kV 50 Hz
||Tohoku, Akita, Yamagata|
||Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano|
|JR Central & JR West|
|| 25 kV
|Series 800||6||260 (161)||25 kV 60 Hz||7300||1P+4P+1P||292||Kyushu|
|Series 100||22||220 (136)||25 kV 60 Hz||3700/5500||1P+4P+1P||250/394||Sanyo|
|Series 500||9||300 (186)||25 kV 60 Hz||18240||1P+14P+1P||1324||Tokaido, Sanyo|
|Series 0||few, just retired||220 (136)||25 kV 60 Hz||185/axle all powered||4, 6, 12 or 16 cars per trainset||368 – 1,323||Tokaido, Sanyo|
|Japanese High Speed Production Units|
Picture: a 6 car series 0 train standing at Higashi-Hiroshima Station in 2008. Picture by ナダテ provided under GNU Free Documentation License.
story of the high speed in Japan started with 1964 series 0 trains on
the Shinkansen lines. An impressive number of cars, 3216, were built
and the last unit retired after 44 years in service (for the
-> Builder: Nippon Sharyo, Kawasaki Sharyo, Kinki Sharyo, Kisha, Hitachi Ltd, Tokyu Car Corporation
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