E5 Series Shinkansen

E5 Series Shinkansen

E5 series
E5 series image
E5 series shinkansen on a Hayabusa service, March 2011
In service March 2011–
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Constructed 2009–
Number under construction 310 vehicles (31 sets)
Number built 280 vehicles (28 sets)
Number in service 280 vehicles (28 sets) (as of 1 April 2014)
Formation 10 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers U1–
Capacity 731 (658 Standard, 55 Green, 18 Gran Class)[1]
Operator(s) JR East
Line(s) served Tohoku Shinkansen
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Train length 253 m (830 ft)
Car length 26,500 mm (86 ft 11 in)
(end cars)
25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars)[2]
Width 3,350 mm (11 ft 0 in)
Height 3,650 mm (12 ft 0 in)
Doors E514: one per side plus one cab access door per side
E515: one per side
E523: two per side plus one cab access door per side
Other intermediate cars: two per side
Maximum speed 320 km/h (200 mph)
Weight 453.5 t (446.3 long tons; 499.9 short tons)
Traction system MT207 AC traction motors (300 kW)[3]
Power output 9,960 kW (13,360 hp)
Acceleration 1.71 km/(h·s) (0.48 m/s/s)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection method Pantograph
Bogies DT209 (motored), TR7008 (trailer)
Braking system(s) Regenerative
Safety system(s) DS-ATC
Multiple working E3 series/E6 series
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 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.[4] 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.[5]


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) between Utsunomiya and Morioka from the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013.[6]


E5 series set U6 on a Hayate service, November 2011

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 operated coupled with E3 series Komachi services, and were limited to a maximum speed of 275 km/h.[7] From the start of the revised timetable on 17 March 2012, E5 series sets were also introduced used on some Nasuno all-stations services.[8]


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.[9]


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.[10] Originally given the provisional name "Super Green Car", seat pitch in the Gran Class car is 1,300 mm (51.2 in).[11] Seats are 520 mm (20.5 in) wide and recline to a maximum angle of 45 degrees.[10] The pre-series set, S11, did not initially include Gran Class accommodation.[1]

Green car

Car 9 is designated as "Green car" (first class) accommodation with 55 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.[10]

Standard class

Standard class cars (cars 1 to 8) have a seat pitch of 1,040 mm (40.9 in), which is 60 mm (2.4 in) larger than on the E2 series trains.[2] Seating is arranged in 3+2 abreast configuration. AC power outlets are provided for window seats and rows of seats at car ends.[12]


The production sets are formed as follows, with car 1 at the Tokyo end and car 10 at the Aomori end.[13]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Designation T1c M2 M1 M2 M1k M2 M1 M2 M1s Tsc
Numbering E523 E526-100 E525 E526-200 E525-400 E526-300 E525-100 E526-400 E515 E514
Weight (t) 41.9 45.9 46.0 46.3 46.1 46.8 46.8 46.0 45.8 42.7
Capacity 29 100 85 100 59 100 85 100 55 18
Facilities Toilet   Toilet, cardphone   Toilet, AED, cardphone, wheelchair space   Toilet   Toilet, wheelchair space, conductor's compartment  

Cars 3 and 7 each have one single-arm pantograph, although only one is normally raised in service.[14]


Pre-production set S11 at Sendai General Depot, July 2009

The pre-series set, S11, was delivered to Sendai Depot in May 2009 ahead of extensive test running on the Tohoku Shinkansen.[15] 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.[16] Set S11 made its first appearance at Tokyo Station on 9 December 2009.[17]

The first full-production set, U2, was delivered to Sendai Depot in December 2010.[14]

In May 2012, the E5 series was awarded the 2012 Blue Ribbon Award, presented annually by the Japan Railfan Club.[18] A formal presentation ceremony was held at Tokyo Station on 20 November 2012.[19]

The pre-series set, S11, was upgraded to full-production standard in February 2013 and renumbered U1.[20] It retains the flush plug doors for the passenger doors immediately behind the driving cabs, whereas the full-production sets have recessed sliding doors.[20]

From the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013, the maximum speed in service was raised from 300 km/h (186 mph) to 320 km/h (199 mph) between Utsunomiya and Morioka.[6]

Fleet list

As of 1 April 2014, the fleet is as follows.[6]

Set number Manufacturer Date delivered Remarks
U1 Hitachi/Kawasaki HI 15 June 2009 Pre-series set, originally numbered S11, modified February 2013
U2 Kawasaki HI 13 December 2010 Full-production sets
U3 Hitachi 31 January 2011
U4 Hitachi 18 February 2011
U5 Hitachi 19 August 2011
U6 Kawasaki HI 27 September 2011
U7 Hitachi 13 October 2011
U8 Kawasaki HI 14 November 2011
U9 Kawasaki HI 5 December 2011
U10 Hitachi 30 January 2012
U11 Kawasaki HI 17 February 2012
U12 Kawasaki HI 2 April 2012
U13 Hitachi 26 April 2012
U14 Kawasaki HI 31 May 2012
U15 Hitachi 11 June 2012
U16 Hitachi 26 July 2012
U17 Kawasaki HI 24 August 2012
U18 Kawasaki HI 14 September 2012
U19 Kawasaki HI 12 October 2012
U20 Hitachi 22 November 2012
U21 Kawasaki HI 25 December 2012
U22 Hitachi 31 January 2013
U23 Kawasaki HI 22 February 2013
U24 Hitachi 28 March 2013
U25 Kawasaki HI 10 April 2013
U26 Hitachi 30 May 2013
U27 Kawasaki HI 7 June 2013
U28 Hitachi 26 July 2013

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.[21][22] This was the first revenue-earning service operated on the Joetsu Shinkansen by an E5 series trainset.[22]

Future developments

An order for four 10-car trainsets based on the E5 series design was placed by JR Hokkaido in February 2014 for use on Hokkaido Shinkansen services scheduled to start in March 2016.[23] Classified H5 series, these trains will incorporate minor interior design differences compared with the E5 series.[24]

See also


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Further reading

External links

  • JR East E5 series (Japanese)
  • informationHayabusa/Hayate/Yamabiko/NasunoJR East E5 series (Japanese)