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E3 Series Shinkansen

E3 Series Shinkansen
E3 series Komachi at Omagari station, September 2005
Train information
NameE3 series
In service1997 - Present
ManufacturerKawasaki Heavy Industries, Tokyu Car Corporation
Family nameMini-shinkansen
Constructed1995 - 2009
Number built261 vehicles (41 sets)
Number in service261 vehicles (41 sets)
Formation6 or 7 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersR1 - R26, L51 - L53, L61 - L72
Capacity6-car R sets: 338 (23 Green + 315 Standard)
7-car L50 sets (E3-1000): 402 (23 Green + 379 Standard)
7-car L60 sets (E3-2000): 394 (23 Green + 371 Standard)
OperatorJR East
DepotsAkita, Yamagata
Lines servedTōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen
Car body constructionAluminium
Car length20050 to 23070 mm
Width2945 mm
Doors1 per side
Maximum speed275 km/h (170.9 mph) (Tōhoku Shinkansen), 130 km/h (80.8 mph) (Akita/Yamagata Shinkansen)
Acceleration1.6 km/h/s
Traction system6-car sets: 16 x 300 kW,
7-car sets: 20 x 300 kW
Power output6-car sets: 4.8 MW (3 hp),
7-car sets: 6 MW (3.7 hp)
Electric system20/25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection methodPantograph
Safety systemATC-2, DS-ATC, ATS-P
Multiple workingE2 series
E4 series
E5 series (from November 2011)

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|} is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type built for Komachi services which commenced on 3 June 1997, coinciding with opening of the new Akita Shinkansen 'mini-shinkansen' line, a regular narrow-gauge line between Morioka and Akita upgraded to sgal=on. Later versions of the E3 series were also introduced for use on Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa services. Both 'mini-shinkansen' lines join the Tōhoku Shinkansen, providing services south to Tokyo.

Like the 400 Series Shinkansen, these trains are built to a smaller loading gauge than mainline Shinkansen trains-the width and length of each car is reduced to fit on the narrower clearances of the 'mini-shinkansen'.

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