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The E5 series (E5系) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on Tōhoku Shinkansen services since 5 March 2011 and on Hokkaido Shinkansen services since 26 March 2016. A total of 59 10-car sets are on order, with three sets in service in time for the start of new Hayabusa services to Shin-Aomori in March 2011.

Technology incorporated in these trains is derived from the experimental Fastech 360S train tested by JR East. The initial maximum speed in service was 300 km/h (186 mph), but this was raised to 320 km/h (199 mph) between Utsunomiya and Morioka from the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013. The trains feature an electric active suspension.

As of 26 March 2016, E5 series trainsets work in a pool with similar JR Hokkaido H5 series trainsets, and are used on the following services on the Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen lines:

Hayabusa, since March 2011
Hayate, since November 2011
Yamabiko, since November 2011
Nasuno, since March 2012
E5 series trainsets were first introduced on the new Hayabusa services between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori from 5 March 2011, initially operating at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. From 19 November 2011, a total of six E5 series trainsets were in operation, with sets also used on some Hayate and Yamabiko services. Hayate services operated coupled with E3 series Komachi services, and were limited to a maximum speed of 275 km/h. From the start of the revised timetable on 17 March 2012, E5 series sets were also introduced used on some Nasuno all-stations services.



Train length 253 m (830 ft)
Car length 26,500 mm (86 ft 11 in)
(end cars)
25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars)
Width 3,350 mm (11 ft 0 in)
Height 3,650 mm (12 ft 0 in)
Doors E514: one per side plus one cab access door per side
E515: one per side
E523: two per side plus one cab access door per side
Other intermediate cars: two per side
Maximum speed 320 km/h (200 mph)
Weight 453.5 t (446.3 long tons; 499.9 short tons)
Traction system MT207 AC traction motors (300 kW)
Power output 9,600 kW (12,870 hp)
Acceleration 1.71 km/(h⋅s) (0.48 m/s/s)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection method Pantograph
Bogies DT209 (motored), TR7008 (trailer)
Braking system(s) Regenerative brake
Safety system(s) DS-ATC
Multiple working E3 series/E6 series
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1/2 instandard gauge

Photo source: © Toshinori Baba / Wikipedia