E1 series

E1 series

E1 series
E1 series train set M5, September 2012
In service July 1994 – September 2012
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Family name Max
Constructed 1994–1995
Refurbishment 2003–2006
Scrapped 2012
Number built 72 vehicles (6 sets)
Number in service None
Number scrapped 48 vehicles (4 sets)
Formation 12 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers M1–M6
Capacity 1,235
Operator JR East
Depot(s) Niigata
Line(s) served Jōetsu Shinkansen
Car body construction Steel
Car length End cars: 26,050 mm (85 ft 6 in),
Intermediate cars: 25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in)
Width 3,430 mm (11 ft 3 in)
Height 4,493 mm (14 ft 9 in)
Doors Two per side
Maximum speed 240 km/h (150 mph)
Traction system (AC) MT204 (24 x 410 kW)
Power output 9.84 MW (13,200 hp)
Acceleration 1.6 km/(h·s) (0.99 mph/s)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 50 Hz, overhead catenary
Current collection method PS201 pantograph
Bogies DT205 (motored), TR7003 (trailer)
Safety system(s) ATC-2, DS-ATC
Track gauge

The E1 series (E1系?) was a high-speed Shinkansen train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan from July 1994 until September 2012. They were the first double-deck trains built for Japan's Shinkansen. They were generally, along with their fellow double-deck class the E4 series, known by the marketing name "Max" (Multi-Amenity eXpress).[1] The fleet was withdrawn from regular service on 28 September 2012.[2]

Originally intended to be classified as 600 series,[3] the E1 series trains were introduced specifically to relieve overcrowding on services used by commuters on the Tōhoku Shinkansen and Jōetsu Shinkansen.


E1 series sets were used on the following services.[4]


The fleet of 12-car sets, numbered M1 to M6, were formed as follows, with car 1 at the Tokyo end.[5]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Designation T1c M1 M2 T1 T2 M1 M2 Tpk Tps M1s M2s T2c
Numbering E153-100 E155-100 E156-100 E158-100 E159 E155 E156 E158-200 E148 E145 E146 E154
Seating capacity 86 121 121 135 124 110 110 91 75 91 91 80
Weight (t) 56.2 59.2 61.2 53.7 53.6 59.2 61.7 55.2 54.6 59.2 62.0 56.5

Cars 6 and 10 were each equipped with a PS201 scissors-type pantograph.[5]

Fleet details

Set No. Manufacturer Delivered Reliveried Refurbished DS-ATC added Withdrawn
M1 Kawasaki HI 3 March 1994 17 September 2004 10 July 2004 15 September 2005 2 April 2012
M2 Hitachi 23 March 1994 27 November 2004 4 June 2005 5 August 2005 14 April 2012
M3 Hitachi/Kawasaki HI 6 February 1995 26 December 2003 31 March 2004 2 November 2005  
M4 Hitachi 17 October 1995 25 November 2003 2 October 2003 2 February 2006 7 December 2012[6]
M5 Kawasaki HI 3 November 1995 11 March 2006 6 June 2006 11 March 2006 4 October 2012[6]
M6 Hitachi/Kawasaki HI 22 November 1995 27 November 2005 23 December 2005 27 November 2005 7 November 2012[6]



The E1 series was the first revenue-earning shinkansen to feature 3+3 abreast seating in standard class for increased seating capacity. The upper deck saloons of non-reserved cars 1 to 4 were arranged 3+3 with no individual armrests, and did not recline. The lower decks of these cars, and the reserved-seating saloons in cars 5 to 12 had regular 2+3 seating. The Green car saloons on the upper decks of cars 9 to 11 had 2+2 seating. The trains had a total seating capacity of 1,235 passengers.[8]




The first E1 series set, M1, was delivered to Sendai Depot on 3 March 1994, sporting "DDS E1" logos (DDS standing for double-deck shinkansen).[9] ローカル鉄道途中下車の旅 The first two E1 series sets delivered entered revenue-earning service on the Tōhoku Shinkansen on 15 July 1994, with the original "DDS" logos replaced by "Max" logos.[3] The original livery was "sky grey" on the upper body side and "silver grey" on the lower body side, separated by a "peacock green" stripe.[5]

From 4 December 1999, all six trainsets were transferred from Sendai Depot to Niigata Depot, with operations limited to use on Jōetsu Shinkansen Max Asahi and Max Tanigawa services only.[5]


From late 2003, the fleet underwent refurbishment, which included the installation of new seating and repainting in a new livery of "stratus white" on the upper body side and "aster blue" on the lower body side, separated by a "ibis pink" stripe.

All cars were made no-smoking from the start of the revised timetable on 18 March 2007.[5]


The first two sets were officially withdrawn in April 2012: M1 on 2 April, and M2 on 14 April.[7] The remaining fleet was withdrawn from service from the start of the revised timetable on 29 September 2012.[2]

A special Thank you Max Asahi (ありがとうMaxあさひ号 Arigatō Max Asahi-gō?) service ran from Niigata to Tokyo on 27 October 2012 using an E1 series set,[10] followed by a final run from Tokyo to Niigata on 28 October 2012, using set M4.[11]

Bodyside logos

Between 1 December 2001 and 31 March 2002, the E1 series fleet was adorned with "Alpen Super Express" logos as part of JR East's "JR + Snow" promotional campaign.[3]

From mid August 2012 until the fleet's final withdrawal on 28 September, the remaining three sets had a second toki crested ibis added to their logos to celebrate the rare hatching of ibis chicks in the wild.[12]

See also


External links

  • Wayback Machine (archived 22 July 2011) (Japanese)