500 Series Shinkansen

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500 series
16-car 500 series on Nozomi service, May 2008
In service1997–present
ManufacturerHitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Replaced0 series
Number built144 vehicles (9 sets)
Number in service64 vehicles (8 sets)[1]
Number scrapped70 vehicles[1]
Formation8 (formerly 16) cars per trainset
Fleet numbersV2–V9
Capacity16-car W set: 1,324 (200 Green + 1,124 Standard)
8-car V set: 608
Operator(s)JR West
Line(s) servedSanyō Shinkansen, Hakata-Minami Line
Car body constructionAluminium alloy
Car length25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars), 27,000 mm (88 ft 7 in) (end cars)
Width3,380 mm (11 ft 1 in)
Height3,690 mm (12 ft 1 in)
Maximum speedW set: 300 km/h (186 mph) (Sanyō)
V set: 285 km/h (177 mph)
Design speed: 320 km/h (199 mph)
Traction system(AC) WMT204 64 x 285 kW (382 hp) (set W1)/275 kW (369 hp) (set W2 onward)[3]
Power output18.24 MW (24,460 hp) (set W1), 17.60 MW (23,600 hp) (set W2 onward)
Acceleration1.6 km/h/s [4]
1.92 km/h/s (High acceleration mode)[4]
Deceleration2.7 km/h/s
Electric system(s)25 kV AC, 60 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection methodW set: "T"-style current collector
V set: Pantograph
Safety system(s)ATC-1, ATC-NS
Track gauge1435

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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 JR電車編成表 2012夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2012]. Japan: JRR. May 2012. p. 132. ISBN 978-4-330-28612-9.
  2. JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. ISBN 978-4-330-14310-1.
  3. Railway Journal: 46. May 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Railway Journal: 36. September 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)