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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
Refurbishment2008-2009
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
DepotsHakata
Lines servedSanyō Shinkansen
Specifications
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
Gauge1435

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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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