E6 Series Shinkansen

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E6 series
E6 series Z12 Komachi 20161013.jpg
E6 series set Z12 in October 2016
In service16 March 2013;8 years ago (2013-03-16) – Present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Replaced E3-0 series
Constructed20102014
Number built168 vehicles (24 sets)
Number in service168 vehicles (24 sets)
Formation7 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersZ1Z24
Capacity338 (315 Standard + 23 Green)
Operator(s) JR East
Depot(s)Akita
Line(s) served Tōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen
Specifications
Car body constructionAluminium alloy
Train length148.65 m (487.7 ft)
Car length23,075 mm (75 ft 8.5 in) (end cars)
20,500 mm (67 ft 3 in) (intermediate cars)
Width2,945 mm (9 ft 7.9 in)
Height3,650 mm (12 ft 0 in)
DoorsOne per side, plus one cab access door per side per end car
Maximum speed320 km/h (200 mph) (Tōhoku Shinkansen)
130 km/h (81 mph) (Akita Shinkansen)
Weight306.5  t (301.7 long tons; 337.9 short tons)
Traction systemMT207 AC Motor (300 kW)
Power output6,000 kW (8,050 hp)
Acceleration 1.71 km/h/s (shinkansen)
2.0 km/h/s (conventional)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary (Tōhoku Shinkansen)
20 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary (Akita Shinkansen)
Current collection method Pantograph
UIC classification Bo'Bo'+2'2'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+2'2'+Bo'Bo'
Bogies DT210 (motored), TR7009 (trailer)
Safety system(s) DS-ATC, RS-ATC, ATS-P
Multiple working E5 series, H5 series
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge

The E6 series (E6系) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on Komachi "mini-shinkansen" services on the Tōhoku Shinkansen and Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo to Akita since 16 March 2013. A pre-series set was delivered in June 2010 for extensive testing, with 23 full-production sets delivered between November 2012 and spring 2014. [1]

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Operations

The 7-car E6 series trains operate in conjunction with E5 series or H5 series (since March 2016) 10-car trains, initially on just four return services daily from 16 March 2013. [2] They replaced all of the previous E3 series trains on Komachi services by 15 March 2014. [3]

Design

Technology incorporated in these trains is derived from the experimental Fastech 360Z train previously tested by JR East. The E6 series trains are formed of seven cars, to provide the same seating capacity as six-car E3 series trains, due to the reduced seating capacity in the end cars. All cars feature active suspension with tilting up to 1.5 degrees. [4]

Formation

Pre-production set S12

The pre-series train, numbered "S12" (later becoming "Z1"), was formed as follows, with car 11 at the Tokyo end and car 17 at the Morioka end. [5]

Car No.11121314151617
DesignationM1scTkM1M1M1TM1c
NumberingE611E628E625E625-100E627E629E621
Weight (t)45.744.442.543.142.544.543.8
Seating capacity23356060686032

Full-production sets Z2

The full-production trains, numbered "Z2" onward, are formed as follows, with car 11 at the Tokyo end and car 17 at the Morioka end. [7]

Car No.11121314151617
DesignationM1scTkM1M1M1TM1c
NumberingE611E628E625E625-100E627E629E621
Weight (t)45.144.441.741.842.144.243.4
Seating capacity22346060686032

Exterior

The overall styling was overseen by Japanese industrial designer Ken Okuyama, and is intended to evoke images of the Namahage demons and kantō festival lanterns for which Akita Prefecture is famous. [8] The main body colour is "Hiun" (飛雲) white with crimson roof and "arrow silver" bodyside stripe. The end cars are 23,075 mm (75 ft 8.5 in) long with the tapered nose accounting for approximately 13 m (compared with approximately 6 m for the E3 series). [4]

Interior

The new trains feature similar improvements to passenger accommodation as featured on the E5 series trains, including AC power outlets, and security cameras in vestibule areas. Seating in both Standard class and Green (first class) cars is in the standard 2+2 arrangement for mini-shinkansen trains. [7] Seat pitch is 1,160 mm (46 in) in Green class and 980 mm (39 in) in Standard class, the same as for the E3 series trains. [4] Cars 12, 13, 14, and 16 are equipped with toilets. [7] The toilet in car 12 is universal access. [7]

History

Pre-production set S12 on test with E5 series set S11, July 2012 E6Xi S12Bian Cheng +E5Xi S11Bian Cheng Shi Yun Zhuan .JPG
Pre-production set S12 on test with E5 series set S11, July 2012

The pre-series set, S12, was delivered to Sendai Depot in June 2010, [9] and formally accepted by JR East on 8 July. [6] Test running commenced on the Tohoku Shinkansen in July 2010. [10]

The first full-production set was delivered in November 2012, with production continuing until spring 2014. [1]

Revenue service commenced on 16 March 2013 on new Super Komachi services, running at a maximum speed of 300 km/h (185 mph) on the Tohoku Shinkansen. [2] From 15 March 2014, the maximum speed was raised to 320 km/h (200 mph) on the Tohoku Shinkansen, with the maximum speed on the Akita Shinkansen tracks remaining at 130 km/h (80 mph), allowing journey times between Tokyo and Akita to be reduced by an average of 12 minutes. [3] The service name was also returned to simply Komachi. [3]

In May 2014, the E6 series was awarded the 2014 Laurel Prize, presented annually by the Japan Railfan Club. [11] The award presentation ceremony was held at Akita Station on 8 November 2014. [12]

Fleet list

Set Z9 hauled by an EH200 electric locomotive en route from the Kawasaki Heavy Industries factory in Kobe to Akita Depot, June 2013 EH200-22 E6 series Z9 Nishi-Kokubunji 20130601.jpg
Set Z9 hauled by an EH200 electric locomotive en route from the Kawasaki Heavy Industries factory in Kobe to Akita Depot, June 2013

As of 1 October 2014, 24 sets were in service, as shown below. [13]

Set numberManufacturerDate deliveredRemarks
Z1 Hitachi/Kawasaki HI 8 July 2010Pre-series set, originally numbered S12, modified February 2014
Z2Kawasaki HI19 November 2012Full-production sets
Z3Kawasaki HI3 December 2012
Z4Hitachi18 December 2012
Z5Hitachi14 February 2013
Z6Kawasaki HI14 March 2013
Z7Kawasaki HI26 April 2013
Z8Kawasaki HI18 May 2013
Z9Kawasaki HI22 June 2013
Z10Hitachi27 June 2013
Z11Kawasaki HI12 July 2013
Z12Hitachi10 July 2013
Z13Kawasaki HI24 August 2013
Z14Hitachi30 August 2013
Z15Kawasaki HI14 September 2013
Z16Hitachi27 September 2013
Z17Kawasaki9 October 2013
Z18Hitachi25 October 2013
Z19Kawasaki1 November 2013
Z20Hitachi30 November 2013
Z21Kawasaki11 December 2013
Z22Kawasaki21 January 2014
Z23Hitachi13 February 2014
Z24Hitachi3 April 2014

While the first sets from both Hitachi and Kawasaki Heavy Industries were delivered by sea to Sendai, set Z9 was delivered from the Kawasaki Heavy Industries factory in Kobe by rail to Akita Depot over three days from 31 May to 2 June 2013, mounted on temporary narrow-gauge (1,067 mm gauge) bogies and hauled by freight locomotives. [14] This was followed by set Z11 from 21 to 23 June 2013. [15]

See also

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