E3-2000 series train between Takahata and Akayu
|Opened||1 July 1992|
|Rolling stock||E3-1000 series/E3-2000 series|
|Line length||148.6 km|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||20 kV AC, 50 Hz, overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
The Yamagata Shinkansen (山形新幹線) is a Mini-shinkansen route in Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It provides service between Tokyo and Shinjō in Yamagata Prefecture over the tracks of the Tōhoku Shinkansen and the Ōu Main Line.
The term Yamagata Shinkansen refers to the segment that connects Fukushima in Fukushima Prefecture and Shinjō. Because the shinkansen trains share tracks with regular service trains, it is often referred to as a "mini-shinkansen".
Trains consist of 7-car E3 series trainsets operating as Tsubasa services. Between Tokyo and Fukushima, the trains run coupled to Yamabiko trains on the Tōhoku Shinkansen. Between Fukushima and Shinjō, the trains run on their own at a maximum speed of 130 km/h and share the line with regular Ōu Main Line trains.
As of July 2012, about 62 million passengers have ridden the line since July 1992. In 2010, Series E3 trains began to be used on the line, with the fastest train running from Tokyo to Yamagata stations in two hours and 29 minutes.
- July 1, 1992: Tsubasa services start from Tokyo to Yamagata with six-car 400 Series Shinkansen attached to a 200 Series Shinkansen on Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks between Tokyo and Fukushima.
- December 1, 1995: Trains are extended to seven cars.
- December 4, 1999: Line is extended to Shinjō.
- September 21, 2001: Double-decker E4 Series Shinkansen replace the 200 series trains on the Tōhoku Shinkansen.
- March 18, 2007: All cars are made non-smoking.
- December 20, 2008: E3-2000 series trains commence operation.
- April 18, 2010: 400 series trains cease operations.
- March 11, 2011: All services are suspended due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
- March 31, 2011: Partial services resume between Fukushima and Shinjō.
- April 12, 2011: Through-service resumed between Tokyo and Shinjō but at half of previous capacity.
- All stations listed below are located on the Ōu Main Line.
- Beyond Fukushima, trains bound for Tōkyō run with Tōhoku Shinkansen trains.
|From Tōkyō||From Fukushima|
|Fukushima||福島||272.8||0.0||Tōhoku Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line
AbukumaExpress: Abukuma Express Line
Fukushima Transportation: Iizaka Line
|Takahata||高畠||322.7||49.9||Takahata, Higashiokitama District|
|Akayu||赤湯||328.9||56.1||Flower Nagai Line||Nanyō|
|Ōishida||大石田||399.7||126.9||Ōishida, Kitamurayama District|
|Shinjō||新庄||421.4||148.6||Ōu Main Line, Rikuu East Line, Rikuu West Line||Shinjō|
- Stations of Yamagata Shinkansen (JR East) (Japanese)