E5 Series Shinkansen
E5 series shinkansen on a Hayabusa service, March 2011
|In service||March 2011–|
|Manufacturer||Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries|
|Number under construction||350 vehicles (35 sets)|
|Number built||240 vehicles (24 sets)|
|Number in service||240 vehicles (24 sets) (as of 1 April 2013)|
|Formation||10 cars per trainset|
|Capacity||731 (658 Standard, 55 Green, 18 Gran Class)|
|Line(s) served||Tohoku Shinkansen|
|Car body construction||Aluminium alloy|
|Car length||26,500 mm (86 ft 11 in)
25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars)
|Width||3,350 mm (11 ft 0 in)|
|Height||3,650 mm (12 ft 0 in)|
|Maximum speed||320 km/h (200 mph)|
|Traction system||MT207 AC traction motors (300 kW)|
|Power output||9,960 kW (13,360 hp)|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Bogies||DT209 (motored), TR7008 (trailer)|
|Multiple working||E3 series/E6 series|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The E5 series (E5系) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on Tohoku Shinkansen services since 5 March 2011. A total of 59 10-car sets are on order, with three sets in service in time for the start of new Hayabusa services to Shin-Aomori in March 2011.
Technology incorporated in these trains is derived from the experimental Fastech 360S train tested by JR East. The initial maximum speed in service was 300 km/h (186 mph), but this was raised to 320 km/h (199 mph) from the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013.
E5 series trainsets were first introduced on the new Hayabusa services between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori from 5 March 2011, initially operating at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. From 19 November 2011, a total of six E5 series trainsets were in operation, with sets also used on some Hayate and Yamabiko services. Hayate services operate coupled with E3 series Komachi services, and are limited to a maximum speed of 275 km/h. From the start of the revised timetable on 17 March 2012, E5 series sets were also introduced used on some Nasuno all-stations services.
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.
Gran Class 
Car 10 (at the Aomori end) is designated "Gran Class", featuring 18 power-reclining "shell" seats with leather seat covers arranged in 2+1 abreast configuration. Originally given the provisional name "Super Green Car", seat pitch in the Gran Class car is 1,300 mm (51.2 in). Seats are 520 mm (20.5 in) wide and recline to a maximum angle of 45 degrees. The pre-production set, S11, did not initially include Gran Class accommodation.
Green class 
Car 9 is designated as "Green Class" (first class) accommodation with 48 seats arranged in 2+2 abreast configuration. Seat pitch is 1,160 mm (45.7 in). Seats are 475 mm (18.7 in) wide and recline to an angle of 31 degrees.
Standard class 
The production sets are formed as follows, with car 1 at the Tokyo end and car 10 at the Aomori end.
|Facilities||Toilet||Toilet, cardphone||Toilet, AED, cardphone, wheelchair space||Toilet||Toilet, wheelchair space, conductor's compartment|
The pre-production set, S11, was delivered to Sendai Depot in May 2009 ahead of extensive test running on the Tōhoku Shinkansen. Cars 1 to 5 were built by Hitachi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and cars 6 to 10 were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Hyogo Prefecture. Set S11 made its first appearance at Tokyo Station on 9 December 2009.
The first full-production set, U2, was delivered to Sendai Depot in December 2010.
The pre-production set, S11, was upgraded to full-production standard in February 2013 and renumbered U1. It retains the flush plug doors for the passenger doors immediately behind the driving cabs, whereas the full-production sets have recessed sliding doors.
Fleet list 
As of 1 April 2013, the fleet was as follows.
|Set number||Date delivered||Manufacturer||Remarks|
|U1||15 June 2009||Hitachi/Kawasaki HI||Pre-production set, originally numbered S11, modified February 2013|
|U2||13 December 2010||Kawasaki HI||Full-production sets|
|U3||31 January 2011||Hitachi|
|U4||18 February 2011||Hitachi|
|U5||19 August 2011||Hitachi|
|U6||27 September 2011||Kawasaki HI|
|U7||13 October 2011||Hitachi|
|U8||14 November 2011||Kawasaki HI|
|U9||5 December 2011||Kawasaki HI|
|U10||30 January 2012||Hitachi|
|U11||17 February 2012||Kawasaki HI|
|U12||2 April 2012||Kawasaki HI|
|U13||26 April 2012||Hitachi|
|U14||31 May 2012||Kawasaki HI|
|U15||11 June 2012||Hitachi|
|U16||26 July 2012||Hitachi|
|U17||24 August 2012||Kawasaki HI|
|U18||14 September 2012||Kawasaki HI|
|U19||12 October 2012||Kawasaki HI|
|U20||22 November 2012||Hitachi|
|U21||25 December 2012||Kawasaki HI|
|U22||31 January 2013||Hitachi|
|U23||22 February 2013||Kawasaki HI|
|U24||28 March 2013||Hitachi|
Special train services 
A special Joetsu Shinkansen 30th Anniversary (上越新幹線開業30周年号」 Jōetsu Shinkansen Kaigyō 30-shūnen-gō ) service ran from Niigata to Tokyo on 17 November 2012 using E5 series set U8, with a special ceremony at Niigata Station before departure. This was the first revenue-earning service operated on the Joetsu Shinkansen by an E5 series trainset.
See also 
- 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)
- "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): p.68–69. August 2009.
- 鉄道のテクノロジー 3 JR高速特急Part.1 [Railway Technology 3: JR High-speed Limited Express Trains Part.1] (in Japanese). Sanei Shobo Publishing. July 2009. p. 9. ISBN 978-4-7796-0669-4.
- "新しい東北新幹線の列車愛称等の決定について" [Name selected for new Tōhoku Shinkansen services] (PDF) (in Japanese). JR East. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "新型新幹線は白とピンク スピード感表現" [New Shinkansen trains will be white and pink, expressing sense of speed] (in Japanese). Sankei News. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
- "東北新幹線八戸～新青森間の開業時期について" [Opening Date for Tōhoku Shinkansen between Hachinohe and Shin-Aomori] (PDF) (in Japanese). JR East. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
- "東北新幹線「はやぶさ」に投入しているＥ５系車両を「はやて」「やまびこ」に導入！" [Tohoku Shinkansen "Hayabusa" E5 series trains to be introduced on "Hayate" and "Yamabiko" services] (pdf). Press release (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "２０１２年３月ダイヤ改正について" [March 2012 Timetable Revision] (pdf) (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- "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] (PDF) (in Japanese). JR East. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
- "新型高速新幹線車両（E5 系）「スーパーグリーン車（仮称）」の正式名称・インテリアデザイン決定について" [Official name and interior design selected for new Tōhoku Shinkansen "Super Green Car"] (PDF) (in Japanese). JR East. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "First Introduction of a 1st Class "Super Green Car" (tentative name) for New "Hayate" Shinkansen Trains (E5 Series)!" (PDF). JR East. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2009.[dead link]
- "JR東日本 E5系新幹線電車（量産車）" [JR East E5 series Shinkansen (full-production version)]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 40 (322): p.80–83. February 2011.
- JR電車編成表 2012冬 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2012]. Japan: JRR. October 2011. p. 10. ISBN 978-4-330-25611-5.
- "E5系S11編成仙台港に陸揚げ" [E5 series set S11 unloaded at Sendai Port]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Koyusha Co., Ltd. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
- "JR車両の動き " [JR Rolling Stock Changes]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 38 (305): p.125. September 2009.
- "E5系が東京へ初入線" [E5 series reaches Tokyo for first time]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Koyusha Co., Ltd. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
- "ブルーリボン賞・ローレル賞 選定車両一覧" [Blue Ribbon Award & Laurel Prize Winner List] (in Japanese). Japan: Japan Railfan Club. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
- "ブルーリボン賞・ローレル賞受賞式" [Blue Ribbon and Laurel Prize Presentation Ceremonies]. Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 53 (622): p.64. February 2013.
- "E5系S11編成が量産化改造を実施" [E5 series set S11 modified to full-production standard]. RM News (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- JR電車編成表 2013夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2013]. Japan: JRR. May 2013. p. 10. ISBN 978-4-330-37313-3.
- "おかげさまで上越新幹線開業３０周年" [Joetsu Shinkansen 30th Anniversary Celebrations] (pdf) (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company, Niigata Division. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "団体臨時列車「上越新幹線開業30周年記念号」，E5系で運転" [Special "Joetsu Shinkansen 30th Anniversary" runs using E5 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
Further reading 
- Tajima, Shinichiro. "Development of Series E5 Shinkansen Rolling Stock" (pdf). JR East Technical Review No. 16. Japan: East Japan Railway Company. pp. 11–12. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
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