500 Series Shinkansen
16-car 500 series on Nozomi service, May 2008
|Manufacturer||Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo|
|Number built||144 vehicles (9 sets)|
|Number in service||64 vehicles (8 sets)|
|Number scrapped||70 vehicles|
|Formation||8 (formerly 16) cars per trainset|
|Capacity||16-car W set: 1,324 (200 Green + 1,124 Standard)
8-car V set: 608
|Line(s) served||Sanyō Shinkansen, Hakata-Minami Line|
|Car body construction||Aluminium alloy|
|Car length||25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars), 27,000 mm (88 ft 7 in) (end cars)|
|Width||3,380 mm (11 ft 1 in)|
|Height||3,690 mm (12 ft 1 in)|
|Maximum speed||W set: 300 km/h (186 mph) (Sanyō)
V set: 285 km/h (177 mph)
Design speed: 320 km/h (199 mph)
1.6 km/h/s 
1.92 km/h/s (High acceleration mode)
|Traction system||(AC) WMT204 64 x 285 kW (382 hp) (set W1)/275 kW (369 hp) (set W2 onward)|
|Current collection method||W set: "T"-style current collector
V set: Pantograph
|Safety system(s)||ATC-1, ATC-NS|
|Gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 81⁄2 in)|
The 500 Series Shinkansen is a high-speed train in Japan. They run on the Shinkansen lines. They were retired from the primary Nozomi service in 2010. They now run the all-stations Kodama service between Shin-Osaka and Hakata.
All 500 Series have 16 cars. Each train cost about 5 billion yen. Only nine were built.
References[change | change source]
- JR電車編成表 2012夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2012]. Japan: JRR. May 2012. p. 132. .
- JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. .
- Railway Journal: p.36. September 2007.
- Railway Journal: p.46. May 2008.