Akita Shinkansen

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Akita Shinkansen
E6 series Z12 Komachi 20161013.jpg
An E6 series trainset on an Akita Shinkansen Komachi service in October 2016.
Overview
Native name秋田新幹線
Owner JR East
Locale Iwate and Akita prefectures
Termini Morioka
Akita
Stations11
Service
Type Mini-shinkansen
Rolling stock E6 series
History
Opened22 March 1997
Technical
Line length127.3 km
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification 20 kV AC, 50 Hz, overhead catenary
Operating speed130 km/h (80 mph)
Route Map (from Morioka in blue)
JR Akita Shinkansen linemap.svg

The Akita Shinkansen (秋田新幹線) is a Mini-shinkansen rail line in Japan. Serving the Kantō and Tōhoku Regions of the country, it links Tokyo and Akita in Akita prefecture. From Tokyo to Morioka in Iwate prefecture, it operates on the Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks. From Morioka to Ōmagari, it uses the Tazawako Line tracks. The section from Ōmagari to Akita use the Ōu Main Line tracks.

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Operations

Services consist of Komachi trains formed of 7-car E6 series mini-shinkansen sets coupled with E5 series Hayabusa trains for the portion of the journey between Tokyo and Morioka.

The Komachi services run at a maximum speed of 320 km/h (200 mph) on the Tohoku Shinkansen, and between Morioka and Akita, run as 7-car independent trains with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (80 mph). [1]

Stations

Between Tokyo and Morioka, the stations are the same as those on the Tohoku Shinkansen. From there on, the stations are as shown below.

StationJapaneseDistance (km)TransfersLocation
From Tokyo From Morioka
Morioka 盛岡535.30.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen (for Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto), Tōhoku Main Line, Yamada Line, Tazawako Line, Iwate Ginga Line Morioka Iwate Prefecture
Shizukuishi 雫石552.916.0 Tazawako Line Shizukuishi
Tazawako 田沢湖579.440.1 Tazawako Line Senboku Akita Prefecture
Kakunodate 角館600.058.8 Tazawako Line, Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Akita Nairiku Line
Ōmagari 大曲618.575.6 Ōu Main Line, Tazawako Line Daisen
Akita 秋田670.2127.3 Ōu Main Line, Uetsu Main Line, Oga Line Akita

History

Rolling stock

As of March 2020, the following types are used on Akita Shinkansen services.

An E6 series trainset on an Akita Shinkansen Komachi service in October 2016. E6 series Z12 Komachi 20161013.jpg
An E6 series trainset on an Akita Shinkansen Komachi service in October 2016.

Former rolling stock

An E3 Series coupled with an E2 Series at Oyama Station Shinkansen E3 komachi.JPG
An E3 Series coupled with an E2 Series at Oyama Station

Non-revenue-earning-types

E926 East i train at Omiya Station, May 2001 Shinkansen E926 East-i.jpg
E926 East i train at Omiya Station, May 2001

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References

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