500 Series Shinkansen

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500 series
JRW-500-nozomi.jpg
16-car 500 series on Nozomi service, May 2008
In service 1997–present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Replaced 0 series
Constructed 1995–1998
Refurbishment 2008-2010
Number built 144 vehicles (9 sets)
Number in service 64 vehicles (8 sets)[1]
Number scrapped 70 vehicles[1]
Formation 8 (formerly 16) cars per trainset
Fleet numbers V2–V9
Capacity 16-car W set: 1,324 (200 Green + 1,124 Standard)
8-car V set: 608
Operator(s) JR West
Depot(s) Hakata[2]
Line(s) served Sanyō Shinkansen, Hakata-Minami Line
Specifications
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)
Traction system (AC) WMT204 64 x 285 kW (382 hp) (set W1)/275 kW (369 hp) (set W2 onward)[3]
Power output 18.24 MW (24,460 hp) (set W1), 17.60 MW (23,600 hp) (set W2 onward)
Acceleration

1.6 km/h/s [4]


1.92 km/h/s (High acceleration mode)[4]
Deceleration 2.7 km/h/s
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 60 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection method W set: "T"-style current collector
V set: Pantograph
Safety system(s) ATC-1, ATC-NS
Track gauge 1435

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: p.46. May 2008. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Railway Journal: p.36. September 2007.