The 0 Series Shinkansen were the first trainsets built to run on Japan's new high speed rail network, and are therefore still the image of the Shinkansen in the minds of most non-Japanese because of all the publicity they received when the first Shinkansen line began operation in 1964. ...more on Wikipedia about "0 Series Shinkansen"
The 100 Series Shinkansen were the second generation Shinkansen design, produced between 1984 and 1991 for the Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen lines; the earliest units have now been withdrawn from service, and the series has been retired from the Tokaido Shinkansen line in September 2003. ...more on Wikipedia about "100 Series Shinkansen"
The 200 Series Shinkansen trainsets were built for the second generation of Shinkansen dedicated high-speed rail lines in Japan, the Tohoku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen. They actually predate the 100 Series Shinkansen, having been built between 1980 and 1986. ...more on Wikipedia about "200 Series Shinkansen"
The 300 Series Shinkansen high-speed trainsets for Japan's Shinkansen dedicated high-speed railways were introduced in 1992 on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines for use on the fastest Nozomi services, being capable of 270 km/h (168 mph). As more were delivered (66 trains by 1998) they replaced earlier units on Hikari service and allowed the thus displaced 100 Series units to finally in turn displace 0 Series units on almost all services. ...more on Wikipedia about "300 Series Shinkansen"
The 400 Series Shinkansen trainsets were introduced in 1992 for Japan's newest Shinkansen high-speed rail line at the time, the Yamagata Shinkansen branch from the main Tohoku Shinkansen. They are collectively called the 'mini Shinkansen', since they feature large portions that were not newly purpose built Shinkansen lines but rather existing lines regauged to standard gauge and upgraded, to provide a cheaper solution than a massively expensive dedicated Shinkansen line built from scratch. ...more on Wikipedia about "400 Series Shinkansen"
The 500 Series Shinkansen are the fastest, most powerful and most expensive trainsets yet to run on Japan's Shinkansen high-speed rail network. They are designed to be capable of 320 km/h (200 mph) although they currently operate at a maximum of 300 km/h (186 mph) in service. The running gear utilises computer-controlled active suspension for a smoother, safer ride. All sixteen cars in each train are powered, giving a maximum of 18.24 MW of power (25,000 hp). Each train costs an estimated ¥5 billion, or over US$40 million; because of that pricetag, only nine have been built. ...more on Wikipedia about "500 Series Shinkansen"
The 700 Series Shinkansen trainsets for Japan's Shinkansen dedicated high-speed rail lines were built between 1997 and 2004, entering service in 1999. The design goal was to produce a train almost as fast as the 500 Series Shinkansen but at a substantially lower cost. This goal was met, and 83 trains have been built and are in service. Top speed is 285 km/h (177 mph); given that speeds higher than that are only permitted on a few stretches of line, the journey time is actually only a little longer than for a 500 series. ...more on Wikipedia about "700 Series Shinkansen" Visit again www.shortopedia.com
The 700T Series Shinkansen trainsets were built for Taiwan High Speed Rail, which will commence service in 2006. They are based on the Japanese 700 Series Shinkansen. The 700T's commercial operation speed will be 300 km/h. ...more on Wikipedia about "700T Series Shinkansen"
The 800 Series Shinkansen train was developed by Hitachi for use on the Kyushu Shinkansen high-speed rail line in Japan. The Tsubame line has employed the 800 series since it entered service in March 2004. ...more on Wikipedia about "800 Series Shinkansen"
The Akita Shinkansen (秋田新幹線) is a Mini-Shinkansen high-speed rail line on Honshu, the largest island of Japan. Serving the Kanto and Tōhoku Regions of the country, it links Tokyo Station and Akita Station (which is in the city of Akita, Akita Prefecture) with direct service. From Tokyo to Morioka (in Iwate Prefecture), it operates on the Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks. From there to Omagari, it rides on the Tazawako Line tracks. The last segment of its journey takes place on the Ōu Main Line. ...more on Wikipedia about "Akita Shinkansen"
Asama (あさま) is the sole service running on the Hokuriku Shinkansen ( Nagano Shinkansen). It began running in October 1997 for the Nagano Olympics. The only train type used on the line is the E2 Series, although one 200 Series train was modified to provide extra services on the line during the Olympics, and three E4 Series trains were specially built for use on the Nagano Shinkansen (only one is capable of travelling as far as Nagano). ...more on Wikipedia about "Asama (Shinkansen)"
Chuo Shinkansen (中央新幹線) is a proposed maglev line connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, Japan. Although planning and construction have not begun, an eighteen-kilometer test track has been built between Otsuki and Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, which may be integrated into the line at a later date. The trains currently being tested have operating speeds of over 500 km/h (310 mph), making the Chuo Shinkansen the world's fastest railway. ...more on Wikipedia about "Chuo Shinkansen"
Doctor Yellow is the nickname for the high-speed test trains that are used on the Japanese Shinkansen ("Bullet Train") dedicated express passenger train routes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Doctor Yellow"
The E1 Series Shinkansen, introduced in 1994, were the first double-deck trains built for Japan's Shinkansen dedicated high-speed rail lines. They are generally, along with their fellow double-deck class the E4 Series Shinkansen known by the marketing name "MAX" (Multi-Amenity eXpress). ...more on Wikipedia about "E1 Series Shinkansen"
The E2 Series Shinkansen are new trains (construction started in 1997) for Japan's Joetsu, Tohoku and Nagano Shinkansen high-speed dedicated rail lines. They are formed in 8 or 10-car sets, and the 10-car sets can be coupled to E3 Series Shinkansen Komachi sets using couplers hidden behind sliding nose doors. ...more on Wikipedia about "E2 Series Shinkansen"
The E3 Series Shinkansen are new Japanese Shinkansen high-speed trains built for the opening of the new Akita Shinkansen 'mini-Shinkansen' line, converted from a regular 1,067 mm (3'6") narrow-gauge line between Morioka and Akita. The line joins with the Tohoku Shinkansen. ...more on Wikipedia about "E3 Series Shinkansen"
The E4 Series Shinkansen were the second series of bi-level Shinkansen high-speed trainsets to be built in Japan (the other being the E1 Series). They are built for commuter service on the Tohoku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen lines; 25 units have been built beginning in 1997. Two eight-car sets can be coupled together for extra capacity on busy routes. ...more on Wikipedia about "E4 Series Shinkansen"
FASTECH 360 is technical test train for the next-generation Shinkansen (bullet train), which can run at speeds of 405 km/h (250 mph). It is named from Fast, Technology, and 360 km/h (225 mph) (the speed at which production trains will run). Production trains are expected to enter service in 2011 operated by East Japan Railway Company. ...more on Wikipedia about "FASTECH 360"
This is a short branchline that extends from Echigo-Yuzawa station on the Joetsu Shinkansen to Gala-Yuzawa station. Gala-Yuzawa station serves the nearby ski resort (ski lifts operate directly from the station), and so the station is only used during the winter period. During the skiing season, Tanigawa services from Tokyo are extended to run to Gala-Yuzawa. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gala-Yuzawa Line"
The Hakata Minami Line (博多南線) is an 8.5km railway line in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, connecting Hakata Station in Fukuoka to Hakata-Minami Station in Kasuga. It is operated by the West Japan Railway Company. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hakata Minami Line"
Hayate (はやて) is the fastest service on the Tōhoku Shinkansen, and is the only shinkansen service which goes as far as Iwate-Numakunai, Ninohe stations, and the current terminus of Hachinohe. It runs at a top speed of 275 km/h, except for a couple of restricted sections (110 km/h Tokyo-Omiya; 260 km/h Morioka-Hachinohe). These services were inaugurated with the opening of the Tōhoku Shinkansen extension to Hachinohe on December 1, 2002. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hayate (Shinkansen)"
Hikari is one of the train services running on the Tokaido/ Sanyo Shinkansen. It runs slower than the Nozomi but faster than the Kodama. Hikari services use 700 Series and 300 Series trains, and the Hikari Rail Star service uses the 700 Series Shinkansen. It is the fastest train service on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen that is covered in the Japan Rail Pass ...more on Wikipedia about "Hikari (Shinkansen)"
The Hikari Rail Star is a Shinkansen service operated by the West Japan Railway Company. Running between Shin Osaka and Hakata, it provides an express service stopping only at major stations. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hikari Rail Star (Shinkansen)"
The Hokkaido Shinkansen (北海道新幹線) is a high-speed rail line currently under construction between Aomori ( Honshu) and Hokkaido through the Seikan Tunnel. The Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate section will open in 2015; there are long-term plans to extend the line to Sapporo. The line will be operated by the Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). ...more on Wikipedia about "Hokkaido Shinkansen"
The Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線) is a shinkansen rail line which opened in 1997 between Takasaki and Nagano; it is called the Nagano Shinkansen (長野新幹線) in JR East publicity and timetables. It was constructed to connect Tokyo and Nagano in time for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. The current line extends 117.4 km. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hokuriku Shinkansen" http://www.shortopedia.com for you! shortopedia
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