E3 Series Shinkansen
E3 series on an Akita Shinkansen Komachi service, March 2008
|Manufacturer||Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Tokyu Car Corporation|
|Number built||261 vehicles (41 sets)|
|Number in service||154 vehicles (as of 1 April 2014)|
|Number scrapped||107 vehicles|
|Formation||6 or 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)
|Line(s) served||Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen|
|Car body construction||Aluminium|
|Car length||20,050 to 23,070 mm (65 ft 9 in to 75 ft 8 in)|
|Width||2,945 mm (9 ft 8 in)|
|Doors||1 per side|
|Maximum speed||275 km/h (171 mph) (Tohoku Shinkansen), 130 km/h (81 mph) (Akita/Yamagata Shinkansen)|
|Traction system||6-car sets: 16 x 300 kW,
7-car sets: 20 x 300 kW
|Power output||6-car sets: 4.8 MW (6,440 hp),
7-car sets: 6 MW (8,050 hp)
|Electric system(s)||20/25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Safety system(s)||ATC-2, DS-ATC, ATS-P|
|Multiple working||200 series, E2 series, E4 series, E5 series|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
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 the 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 1⁄2 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 Tohoku Shinkansen, providing services south to Tokyo.
- 1 Design
- 2 Variants
- 3 Pre-production set
- 4 E3 series "R" sets
- 5 E3-1000 series
- 6 E3-2000 series
- 7 E3-700 series Toreiyu excursion set
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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". Doorway steps fold out to bridge the gap between the narrow body and the platform at regular shinkansen stations.
- E3 series "R" sets: 26 x 6-car sets used on Akita Shinkansen Komachi services since 3 June 1997
- E3-1000 series "LR" sets: 3 x 7-car sets used on Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa services since 4 December 1999
- E3-2000 series "LR" sets: 12 x 7-car sets used on Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa services since 20 December 2008
- E3-700 series Toreiyu: 6-car excursion trainset used on Yamagata Shinkansen from July 2014
A pre-production 5-car set, numbered S8, was delivered from Kawasaki Heavy Industries to Sendai Depot in March 1995 for extensive testing. It was modified to full-production specifications in March 1997 ahead of the start of Akita Shinkansen services.
Until it was augmented to six cars in 1998, the pre-production was formed as follows, with scissors-type pantographs on cars 12, 13, and 14. Set R1 was withdrawn following its final revenue run on 20 July 2013.
E3 series "R" sets
The full-production trainsets built from 1996 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. This lease is scheduled to be terminated on 21 March 2010 with the dissolution of Akita Shinkansen Sharyō Hoyū.
From the start of the 15 March 2014 timetable revision, E3 series trainsets were no longer used on Akita Shinkansen Komachi services. Two sets remained in service, used on Yamabiko and Nasuno services.
Cars 12 and 15 are equipped with PS206 single-arm pantographs.
|Set No.||Date delivered||Car 14 build date||Date withdrawn||Remarks|
|R1||28 March 1995||29 October 1998||26 August 2013||Pre-production set S8 (originally 5 cars with 3 pantographs)|
|R2||9 October 1996||1 November 1998||13 December 2013||Built as 5-car sets|
|R3||14 October 1996||4 November 1998||17 February 2014|
|R4||22 October 1996||6 November 1998||9 January 2014|
|R5||28 October 1996||9 November 1998||26 April 2013|
|R6||6 November 1996||12 November 1998||12 April 2013|
|R7||11 November 1996||22 November 1998||17 May 2013|
|R8||15 November 1996||24 November 1998||24 May 2013|
|R9||22 November 1996||26 November 1998||7 June 2013|
|R10||2 December 1996||28 November 1998||27 August 2013|
|R11||12 December 1996||30 October 1998||13 September 2013|
|R12||21 December 1996||17 November 1998||27 November 2013|
|R13||20 January 1997||5 December 1998||19 October 2013|
|R14||30 January 1997||14 November 1998||1 December 2013|
|R15||7 February 1997||16 November 1998||28 January 2014|
|R16||17 February 1997||19 November 1998||8 March 2014|
|R17||30 September 1998||n/a
(6-car sets from new)
|26 July 2013|
|R18||23 October 2002||Converted 2014 to E3-700 series Toreiyu|
|R19||18 November 2002|
|R20||24 March 2003|
|R21||16 September 2003|
|R22||27 October 2003|
|R23||1 December 2003||-||Converted 2014 to become Set L55|
|R24||4 April 2005||4 December 2013[Note 1]||Converted 2014 to become Set L54|
|R25||11 July 2005||18 December 2013[Note 2]||Converted 2014 to become Set L54|
|R26||25 July 2005||-||Converted 2014 to become Set L55|
Three 7-car E3-1000 sets (numbered L51 - L53) were built between 1999 and 2005 for use on Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa services from 4 December 1999 to augment the 400 series fleet following with the extension of the line to Shinjo. From 2014, a further two sets (L54 and L55) were introduced, reformed from withdrawn Akita Shinkansen E3-0 series "R" sets, to replace the two older sets L51 and L52.
The sets are formed as shown below, with five motored ("M") cars and two non-powered trailer ("T") cars, and car 11 at the Tokyo end.
Cars 12 and 14 are equipped with PS206 single-arm pantographs.
The build details are as shown below.
|Set No.||Manufacturer||Date delivered||Date reliveried||Remarks|
|L51||Tokyu Car||11 August 1999|
|L52||Kawasaki HI||11 September 1999|
|L53||Tokyu Car||17 August 2005|
|L54||J-TREC||August 2014||August 2014||Rebuilt from sets R24+R25|
|L55||2014||2014||Rebuilt from sets R23+R26|
L54/L55 conversion details
The former identities of the cars reformed into sets L54 and L55 are as shown below.
|Set No.||Car No.||Running No.||Former set No.||Former car No.||Former running No.|
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. The new fleet totally replaced 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. 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).
Cars 12 and 14 are equipped with PS206 single-arm pantographs.
|Set No.||Manufacturer||Date delivered||Date reliveried|
|L61||Kawasaki HI||9 October 2008|
|L62||Kawasaki HI||9 December 2008|
|L63||Kawasaki HI||7 January 2009|
|L64||Kawasaki HI||17 February 2009|
|L65||Kawasaki HI||3 March 2009|
|L66||Kawasaki HI||25 March 2009|
|L67||Tokyu Car||28 March 2009|
|L68||Kawasaki HI||14 April 2009|
|L69||Kawasaki HI||19 May 2009|
|L70||Kawasaki HI||30 June 2009|
|L71||Kawasaki HI||22 July 2009|
|L72||Kawasaki HI||25 March 2010|
From spring 2014, the entire fleet of 15 E3-1000 and E3-2000 series Tsubasa sets is scheduled to be reliveried in a new colour scheme designed by industrial designer Ken Okuyama. The new colour scheme uses white, evoking the snow of Mount Zao, deep purple inspired by the Mandarin duck, the prefectural bird for Yamagata Prefecture, together with yellow and red for the safflower, the prefectural flower of Yamagata Prefecture. The first reliveried set is scheduled to appear in late April. Three sets are scheduled to be repainted by June 2014, with the entire fleet of 15 sets repainted by mid 2016.
E3-700 series Toreiyu excursion set
This is a 6-car set rebuilt from former Akita Shinkansen trainset R18 as an excursion train named Toreiyu (とれいゆ?) for use on the Yamagata Shinkansen between Fukushima and Shinjo, entering service from July 2014. The design work for the rebuilt train was overseen by industrial designer Ken Okuyama. The six-car set has a total seating capacity of 143 passengers. Car 11 is a standard-class car with reserved seating arranged 2+2 abreast, cars 12 to 14 feature Japanese-style ozashiki seating, car 15 is a lounge car with a bar counter, and car 16 has ashiyu foot baths. The name of the train is a portmanteau of the English word "train" and the French word "soleil" (sun). The train will normally be used on special services running at weekends.
The Toreiyu set is based at Yamagata Depot and formed as shown below, with car 11 at the Fukushima end.
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