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E4 Series Shinkansen

E4 Series Shinkansen
E4 series at Ōmiya Station, July 2008
Train information
NameE4 series
In service1997 - Present
ManufacturerHitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Family name"Max"
Constructed1997 - 2003
Number built208 vehicles (26 sets)
Number in service208 vehicles (26 sets)
Formation8 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersP1 - P22, P51 - P52, P81 - P82
Capacity817 (54 Green + 763 Standard)
OperatorJR East
DepotsNiigata, Sendai
Lines servedTōhoku Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen
Car body constructionAluminium
Car lengthEnd cars: 25700 mm,
Intermediate cars: 25000 mm
Width3380 mm
Doors2 per side
Maximum speed240 km/h (149.1 mph)
Acceleration1.65 km/h/s
Deceleration2.69 km/h/s (service),
4.04 km/h/s (emergency)
Traction system16 x 420 kW (261 mph) traction motors
Power output6.72 MW (4.2 hp)
Electric system25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection methodPantograph
Safety systemATC-2, DS-ATC
Multiple working400/E3-1000/E3-2000 series

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|} is a high-speed shinkansen train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan. They were the second series of completely bi-level Shinkansen trainsets to be built in Japan (the other being the E1 series). They operate on the Tōhoku and Jōetsu Shinkansen, and occasionally on the Nagano Shinkansen. E4 series trains feature double-decker cars to accommodate additional commuter traffic around Tokyo and other urban areas. They were often coupled to 400 series trains on the Tōhoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Fukushima before the latter retired in April 2010.

Two eight-car sets can be coupled together for extra capacity: a sixteen-car E4 series formation trainset carries a total of 1,634 seated passengers - the highest-capacity high-speed rail trainset in the world.

26 units were built between 1997 and 2003. As with the earlier E1 series trains, maximum speed is 240 km/h.

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