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Shinkansen series E3
Japan | 1995 | 41 produced
Train R18 of type E3-700 in September 2015 approaching Akayu station
Train R18 of type E3-700 in September 2015 approaching Akayu station

The E3 series was developed for the “Mini Shinkansen” on the Komachi Line between Tokyo and Akita. This formerly cape gauge line was converted to standard gauge and the trains therefore had to comply with a smaller loading gauge. Four of the six cars are powered on all axles. The main variant known as “R-Sets” was replaced by the E6 and phased out as early as 2013. The variants 1000 and 2000 each consist of seven cars and are used on other routes. Active suspension is installed in the 2000 variant. Two trains were converted to excursion trains and designated as variant 700.

ManufacturerKawasaki, Tokyu Car
Axle configB-B+B-B+2-2+2-2+B-B+B-B B-B+B-B+2-2+B-B+2-2+B-B+B-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length421 ft 7 1/16 in487 ft 8 3/8 in
Empty weight568,792 lbs679,023 lbs
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system20,000 V 50 Hz, 25,000 V 50 Hz
Top speed171 mph
Engine output6,437 hp (4,800 kW)8,046 hp (6,000 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
high speed train
long distance
last changed: 05/2023

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