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500 Series Shinkansen

500 Series Shinkansen
16-car 500 series on Nozomi service, May 2008
Train information
Name500 series
In service1997 present
ManufacturerHitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Constructed1995 1998
Number built144 vehicles (9 sets)
Number in service64 vehicles (7 sets)
Number scrapped64 vehicles
Formation8 or 16 cars per trainset
Capacity16-car W set: 1,324 (200 Green + 1,124 Standard)
8-car V set: 608
OperatorJR West
Lines servedSanyō Shinkansen
Car body constructionAluminium alloy
Car length25,000 mm (intermediate cars), 27,000 mm (end cars)
Width3,380 mm
Height3,690 mm
Maximum speedW set: 300 km/h (Sanyō)
V set: 285 km/h, Design speed: 320 km/h
Acceleration1.6 km/h/s
1.92 km/h/s (High acceleration mode)
Deceleration2.7 km/h/s
Traction system(AC) WMT204 64 x 285(W1 set)/275 kW(from W2 set)
Power output18.24 MW (W1 set), 17.60 MW (W2 set onward)
Electric system25 kV AC, 60 Hz
Current collection methodOverhead catenary
Safety systemATC-1, ATC-NS

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|} is a Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Sanyō Shinkansen lines in Japan. They were designed to be capable of 320 km/h (198.8 mph) although they currently operate at a maximum of 285 km/h (177.1 mph) in service. The running gear utilizes computer-controlled active suspension for a smoother, safer ride, and anti-yaw dampers are fitted between cars for improved stability. All sixteen cars in each train are powered, giving a maximum of 18.24 MW (11.3 hp). Each train costs an estimated 5 billion yen, and only nine were built.

They have long, pointed nose cones much more like that of a supersonic plane than that of a conventional high-speed train. In 1990, Hitachi commissioned Neumeister Design of Germany to create an exterior and interior design for a new 350 km/h shinkansen. This became the basis for the development of the 500 series.

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