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700 Series Shinkansen

700 Series Shinkansen
700 series train between Kakegawa and Shizuoka, January 2008
Train information
Name700 series
In service1999 - Present
ManufacturerHitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Constructed1997 - 2006
Number built1,328 vehicles (91 sets)
Number in service1,328 vehicles (91 sets)
Formation16 cars per trainset (8 cars for Hikari Rail Star)
Capacity16-car sets: 1,323 (200 Green + 1,123 Standard)
8-car sets: 571
OperatorJR Central, JR West
DepotsTokyo, Osaka, Hakata
Lines servedTōkaidō Shinkansen, Sanyō Shinkansen, Hakata-Minami Line
Car body constructionAluminium
Car length25000 mm (25 m) (intermediate cars),
27350 mm (27.4 m)
(end cars)
Width3380 mm (3.4 m)
Height3690 mm (3.7 m)
DoorsTwo per side
Maximum speed270 km/h (0.3 m) (Tōkaidō), 285 km/h (0.3 m) (Sanyō)
Acceleration2.0 km/h/s
Deceleration2.7 km/h/s
Traction system48 x 275 kW (0.3 m)
(16 car set),
24 x 275 kW (0.3 m)
(8 car set)
Power output13.2 MW (0 m)
(for 16-car train),
6.6 MW (0 m)
(for 8-car train)
Electric system25 kV AC, 60 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection methodPantograph
Safety systemATC-1, ATC-NS

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|} is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type built between 1997 and 2006, and entering service in 1999. Originally designated as "N300", they formed the next generation of shinkansen vehicles jointly designed by JR Central and JR West for use on both Tōkaidō and Sanyō Shinkansen lines. As with the 500 series trains, yaw dampers are fitted between vehicles, and all cars feature semi-active suspension to ensure smooth ride characteristics even at high speed. Compared with the small fleet of high-performance, high-cost 500 series trains built for JR West, these trains were designed to give improved ride comfort and interior ambience over the earlier 300 series trains at a lower cost than the 500 series trains. The cost of a 16-car 700 series unit is approximately 4 billion yen compared with around 5 billion yen for a 16-car 500 series train.

The 700 series is characterized by its flat 'duck-bill' nose. 16-car units are painted white with blue stripes beneath the windows, and are used for Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama services on the Tōkaidō and Sanyō Shinkansen lines, while 8-car units used for the Sanyō Shinkansen Hikari Rail Star services have a darker livery (grey with black window areas and a yellow stripe beneath the windows) which also acts to visually deemphasize the units' nose area, resulting in a more streamlined impression.

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