E4 Series Shinkansen
The E4 series (E4系) 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.
A pair of E4 series sets led by set P6 at Ōmiya Station in May 2017
|Manufacturer||Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries|
|Entered service||December 1997|
|Number built||208 vehicles (26 sets)|
|Number in service||184 vehicles (23 sets) (as of 30 June 2016[update])|
|Number preserved||1 vehicle|
|Number scrapped||23 vehicles (3 sets)|
|Formation||8 cars per trainset|
|Fleet numbers||P1–P22, P51–P52, P81–P82|
|Capacity||817 (54 Green + 763 Standard)|
|Line(s) served||Joetsu Shinkansen|
|Car body construction||Aluminium|
|Car length||End cars: 25,700 mm (84 ft 4 in),
Intermediate cars: 25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in)
|Width||3,380 mm (11 ft 1 in)|
|Doors||2 per side|
|Maximum speed||240 km/h (150 mph)|
|Traction system||16 x 420 kW (560 hp) AC traction motors|
|Power output||6.72 MW (9,010 hp)|
|Deceleration||2.69 km/h/s (service),
4.04 km/h/s (emergency)
|Power supply||overhead catenary|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV AC, 50 Hz|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Braking system(s)||Pneumatic and Regenerative|
|Safety system(s)||ATC-2, DS-ATC|
|Multiple working||400/E3-1000/E3-2000 series|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
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 (150 mph).
Cars 4 and 6 are each equipped with a PS201 pantograph.
|P1||Kawasaki HI||8 October 1997||12 May 2015||2 April 2016|
|P2||Hitachi||20 October 1997||-||3 July 2013|
|P3||Kawasaki HI||27 October 1997||-||26 July 2013|
|P4||Hitachi||10 February 1999||10 February 2016|
|P5||Kawasaki HI||22 February 1999||3 April 2014|
|P6||Hitachi||15 March 1999||11 June 2014|
|P7||Hitachi||14 April 1999||25 March 2015|
|P8||Kawasaki HI||31 May 1999||3 July 2015|
|P9||Hitachi||21 June 1999||20 August 2015|
|P10||Kawasaki HI||12 July 1999||4 February 2015|
|P11||Hitachi||26 July 2000||3 March 2016|
|P12||Hitachi||28 August 2000|
|P13||Kawasaki HI||11 September 2000|
|P14||Hitachi||13 October 2000|
|P15||Kawasaki HI||16 October 2000|
|P16||Hitachi||27 November 2000||1 May 2014|
|P17||Hitachi||21 March 2001||30 September 2014|
|P18||Kawasaki HI||4 June 2001|
|P19||Kawasaki HI||25 June 2001||20 August 2015|
|P20||Hitachi||16 July 2001||9 October 2015|
|P21||Kawasaki HI||9 October 2001||4 November 2015|
|P22||Kawasaki HI||20 November 2001||18 December 2015|
|P51||Kawasaki HI||31 January 2001||7 July 2014|
|P52||Kawasaki HI||20 February 2001||27 August 2014|
|P81||Hitachi||30 July 2003||22 July 2015|
|P82||Kawasaki HI||20 November 2003||19 January 2016|
Sets P81 and P82, delivered in July and November 2003 were designed to cope with the steep gradients of the Nagano Shinkansen, and are also capable of operating under 50 Hz and 60 Hz overhead power supplies for use on services to Nagano.
As with the earlier E1 series, the upper deck saloons of non-reserved cars 1 to 3 are arranged 3+3 with no individual armrests, and do not recline. The lower decks of these cars, and the reserved-seating saloons in cars 4 to 8 have regular 2+3 seating. The green car saloons on the upper decks of cars 7 to 8 have 2+2 seating. The trains have a total seating capacity of 817 passengers.
The first E4 series set, P1, was delivered to Sendai Depot on 8 October 1997, with the first sets entering revenue-earning service on the Tohoku Shinkansen from 20 December 1997.
All cars were made no-smoking from the start of the revised timetable on 18 March 2007.
In March 2011, it was announced that the entire E4 series fleet would be withdrawn by around 2016.
In September 2012, E4 series were entirely withdrawn from Tohoku Shinkansen services, and all allocated for use on Joetsu Shinkansen services only.
From 2014, the fleet of 24 sets still in service began to be repainted, receiving a new livery identical to that previously carried by the E1 series trains, with a toki (crested ibis) pink stripe separating the white on the upper body and blue on the lower body. The first reliveried set, P5, was returned to service in early April 2014, with the entire fleet due to be treated by the end of fiscal 2015.
Withdrawals started in July 2013, with sets P2 and P3.
End car E444-1 from set P1 is scheduled to be displayed at the Niigata City Niitsu Railway Museum in Niitsu, Niigata between July and September 2017. It was moved by road from Niigata Depot to the museum in the early hours of 20 June 2017.
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