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200 Series Shinkansen
200 Series Shinkansen K51
Refurbished 200 Series set K51 at Takasaki Station.
Details

Year(s) built

1980–1986

Builder(s)

Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo, Tokyu Car Corporation

Number Produced

700 cars (66 sets)

Formations

8, 10, 12, 13 or 16 cars per set

Years in Operation

23 June 1982 – 14 April 2013

Fleet Numbers

E1 – E36, F1 – F21, F30 – F43, F51 – F53, F55 – F58, F61 – F66, F80, F90 – F93, G9 – G10, G20 – G24, G26 – G29, G40 – G48, H1 – H6, K1 – K11, K21 – K31, K41 – K51

Classification

Unknown

Type of Electric Train

EMU

Dimensions
(l × w × h)

82 ft (25,000 mm) (intermediate car) x 11 ft 1.3 in (3,385 mm) x 14 ft 6 in (4,410 mm)

Number Operational

None

Number Preserved

4 cars

Number Scrapped

696 cars

Power Source

pantograph

Electric system(s)

25 kV AC (50 Hz)

Gauge

4 ft 8½ in (1,435 mm)

V - E - T - D

The 200 Series Shinkansen are high-speed EMU. They were built from 1980-1986, for the Tohoku and Joetsu lines in Japan. They began operating in 1982, and all sets have been retired from service as of Spring 2013.

HistoryEdit

Much the same as the 0 Series train sets in styling, the 200 Series are more powerful and lighter than their predecessors. This is due to the lines which it runs on being steeper and more mountainous than other Shinkansen lines. Withdrawals started in 1997, with the last non-refurbished set being withdrawn by May 2007; the remaining sets were all withdrawn by April 2013. The 200 series sets were actually built before the 100 series sets; this is due to the old Shinkansen classification rule where even numbers were used for sets that were to be used east of Tokyo.

Four cars, cars 221-1 and 237-1 from set F30 (originally numbered E1), 222-35 from set K31 and 221-1510 from set K47 (originally numbered F13), the last operational set, are preserved. Cars 221-1 and 237-1 are preserved at the Sendai Shinkansen Depot, car 222-35 is preserved at the Saitama Railway Museum and car 221-1510 is preserved at the Niigata City Niitsu Railway Museum. Car 222-35 is used for various demonstrations relating to its automatic coupling system, where it is deployed and later stored for visitors to see.

Originally, seven more cars, namely, cars 215-1, 222-1 and 226-1 from set F30 (originally numbered E1), car 249-5 from set H5 and cars 215-15, 221-15 and 237-15 from set F37 (originally numbered E30) were preserved; however, cars 215-1, 222-1, 226-1 and 249-5 were scrapped in 2010 and cars 215-15, 221-15 and 237-15 were scrapped in June 2013, leaving only four 200-Series cars preserved.

VariantsEdit

E sets (1982-1993):Edit

These were the original 12-car 200 Series trainsets. They had a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h).

F sets (1983-2007):Edit

These were 12-car sets which could attain a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). four were upgraded in 1990 (F54, F59, F14 and F16) to give them a maximum speed of 171 mph (275 km/h), and renumbered F90-93. The service which they ran at their top speed was called the Asahi service. When this service was discontinued in 1998 the sets were then used interchangeably with the other "slower" F sets.

G sets (1987-1999)Edit

These were 10-car (later 8-car) sets. Which were formed from the earlier 12-car E sets. They entered service in April 1987.

H sets (1990-2005)Edit

There were six 13-car (later converted to 16-car) sets with a maximum speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). Though these were single level sets, they did have two luxury bi-level cars at place nine and ten in the set. They entered service in June 1990. After the 13th of March 2004 all regular services using the 16-car H sets ended. Though sets H4 and H5 had their "Green" (luxury) bi-level cars removed and were used only for the seasonal (summer) use until mid-2005. The end cars are unique due to their pointed noses, similar to the 100-Series.

K Sets (1992-2013)Edit

These 8-car (later 10-car) sets have a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h), and some have nose-end couplers to work with 400 and E2 Series Shinkansen trainsets. The Tohoku line sets were to be withdrawn starting from the 19th of November 2011, leaving the last 200 Series sets on the Jōetsu line. The last remaining set in service, set K47, was used for various final runs to commemorate the withdrawal of the series.

IdentificationEdit

The 200 Series as a whole can be identified by the green stripes running along the train at window height and on the edge of their front and side skirts. Though some (K sets) have been refurbished, leaving them with a two-tone white top and blue bottom, broken by a green line just below the widows. The 200 Series also has a snow plow at the front to aid it on the mountainous lines it was designed for.

SpecificationsEdit

Construction is of aluminium. The intermediate cars are 25 meters long. Top speed is 150 mph (240 km/h), but for sets F90 to F93 the top speed is 171 mph (275 km/h). They run of 25 kV, AC at 60 Hz.

ReferencesEdit

Shinkansen
Active JR West 500700N700W7
JR East E2E3E4E5E6E7
JR Central 700N700
JR Kyushu N700800
JR Hokkaido H5
Withdrawn JR West 0100300
JR East 200400E1
JR Central 0100300
Future JR Central L0N700S
Non-revenue JNR Class 922Class 925Class 941Class 951Class 961Class 962Class 1000
JR West Class 922Class 923WIN350
JR East Class 925E926ALFA-XFastech 360SFastech 360ZSTAR21
JR Central Class 922Class 923300X
RTRI FGT-9000GCT01GCT01-200ML100ML500ML500RMLU001MLU002MLU002NMLX01
JGR/JNR multiple units
JGR Wooden-bodied EMUs Commuter: 1963625062606280628563006310634033400335004320063100
Steel-bodied EMUs Commuter: 303132334042505162637072
Express: 5280
Non-revenue EMUs Non-revenue: 793493
DMUs Constant mesh gearbox: KiHa 01KiHa 04KiHa 07KiHa 5000KiHa 40000
Diesel-electric: KiHaNi 36450KiHa 43000KiHa 44000
Miscellaneous: KiSaHa 04
JNR AC EMUs Shinkansen: 0100200
Non-revenue Shinkansen: Class 922Class 925Class 941Class 951Class 961Class 962Class 1000
Commuter: 711713715717
Limited Express: 781
DC EMUs Commuter: 101103105111113115117119121123201203205207211213301
Limited Express: 151153155157159161165167169181183185189381
Non-revenue: 141143145147191193443495791
Proposed: 187
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 413415417419
Limited Express: 455485489583
Non-revenue: 591
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 08KiHa 10KiHa 15KiHa 20KiHa 31KiHa 32KiHa 35KiHa 37KiHa 38KiHa 40KiHa 45KiHa 54KiHa 66
Express: KiHa 55KiHa 56KiHa 57KiHa 58KiHa 60KiHa 65KiHa 90
Limited Express: KiHa 80KiHa 181KiHa 183KiHa 185
Non-revenue: KiYa 191KiHa 391
JR East multiple units
Active AC EMUs Shinkansen: E2E3E4E5E6E7
Non-revenue Shinkansen: E926
Commuter: 701719E721
Limited Express: E751
DC EMUs Commuter: 115E127E129205209211215E217E231E233E235
Limited Express: 185189251253255E257E259E353
Non-revenue: 143145209-0
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 415E501E531
Limited Express: 485651E653E657
Charter: E655
Non-revenue: E491
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 40KiHa 100KiHa E120KiHa E130KiHa 141
Express: KiHa 58
Non-revenue: KiYa E193KiYa E195
AC BEMUs Commuter: EV-E801
DC BEMUs Commuter: EV-E301
Non-revenue: E995
Hybrid MUs Commuter: KiHa E200HB-E210
Charter: E001HB-E300
Other MUs Non-revenue: E991
Withdrawn AC EMUs Shinkansen: 200400E1
Non-revenue Shinkansen: Class 925Fastech 360SFastech 360ZSTAR21
Commuter: 715717
Non-revenue: 740743
DC EMUs Commuter: 12101103105107113123201203207301E331
Limited Express: 157165167169183E351
Non-revenue: 90193901E993
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 417451453455457
Limited Express: 489583
Non-revenue: 441443497E991
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 20KiHa 35KiHa 37KiHa 38KiHa 45
Non-revenue: KiYa 191
Hybrid MUs Non-revenue: KiYa E991
Future AC EMUs Shinkansen: ALFA-X
DC EMUs Limited Express: E261
DMUs Commuter: GV-E400
JR multiple units
Shinkansen
Active JR West 500700N700W7
JR East E2E3E4E5E6E7
JR Central 700N700
JR Kyushu N700800
JR Hokkaido H5
Withdrawn JR West 0100300
JR East 200400E1
JR Central 0100300
Future JR Central L0N700S
Non-revenue JNR Class 922Class 925Class 941Class 951Class 961Class 962Class 1000
JR West Class 922Class 923WIN350
JR East Class 925E926ALFA-XFastech 360SFastech 360ZSTAR21
JR Central Class 922Class 923300X
RTRI FGT-9000GCT01GCT01-200ML100ML500ML500RMLU001MLU002MLU002NMLX01
JR East multiple units
Active AC EMUs Shinkansen: E2E3E4E5E6E7
Non-revenue Shinkansen: E926
Commuter: 701719E721
Limited Express: E751
DC EMUs Commuter: 115E127E129205209211215E217E231E233E235
Limited Express: 185189251253255E257E259E353
Non-revenue: 143145209-0
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 415E501E531
Limited Express: 485651E653E657
Charter: E655
Non-revenue: E491
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 40KiHa 100KiHa E120KiHa E130KiHa 141
Express: KiHa 58
Non-revenue: KiYa E193KiYa E195
AC BEMUs Commuter: EV-E801
DC BEMUs Commuter: EV-E301
Non-revenue: E995
Hybrid MUs Commuter: KiHa E200HB-E210
Charter: E001HB-E300
Other MUs Non-revenue: E991
Withdrawn AC EMUs Shinkansen: 200400E1
Non-revenue Shinkansen: Class 925Fastech 360SFastech 360ZSTAR21
Commuter: 715717
Non-revenue: 740743
DC EMUs Commuter: 12101103105107113123201203207301E331
Limited Express: 157165167169183E351
Non-revenue: 90193901E993
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 417451453455457
Limited Express: 489583
Non-revenue: 441443497E991
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 20KiHa 35KiHa 37KiHa 38KiHa 45
Non-revenue: KiYa 191
Hybrid MUs Non-revenue: KiYa E991
Future AC EMUs Shinkansen: ALFA-X
DC EMUs Limited Express: E261
DMUs Commuter: GV-E400
JR West multiple units
Active AC EMUs Shinkansen: 500700N700W7
Non-revenue Shinkansen: Class 923
DC EMUs Commuter: 103105113115117123125201205207213221223225227321323
Limited Express: 281283285287289381
Non-revenue: 145213/223-9000443
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 413415521
Limited Express: 681683
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 40KiHa 120KiHa 121/126KiHa 122/127
Limited Express: KiHa 187KiHa 189
Non-revenue: KiYa 141
Hybrid DEMUs Charter: 87
Withdrawn AC EMUs Shinkansen: 0100300
Non-revenue Shinkansen: Class 922WIN350
DC EMUs Commuter: 4283101211
Limited Express: 165167183
Non-revenue: 9091441
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 419455457471475
Limited Express: 485489583
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 33KiHa 35KiHa 37KiHa 45KiHa 52
Express: KiHa 58KiHa 65
Limited Express: KiHa 181
Non-revenue: KiYa 191
JR Central multiple units
Active AC EMUs Shinkansen: 700N700
Non-revenue Shinkansen: Class 923
DC EMUs Commuter: 211213311313
Limited Express: 285373383
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 11KiHa 25KiHa 75
Limited Express: KiHa 85
Non-revenue: KiYa 95KiYa 97
Withdrawn AC EMUs Shinkansen: 0100300
Non-revenue Shinkansen: 300XClass 922
DC EMUs Commuter: 12103105113115117119123
Limited Express: 165371381
Non-revenue: 90145193
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 30KiHa 40
Express: KiHa 58KiHa 65
Limited Express: KiHa 80
Future AC EMUs Shinkansen: N700S
Maglevs Maglev: L0
DMUs Limited Express: Unclassified "Hida" locomotive
JR Kyushu multiple units
Active AC EMUs Shinkansen: N700800
Commuter: 713811813815817
Limited Express: 783787883885
DC EMUs Commuter: 103303305
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 415
Limited Express: 485
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 31KiHa 40KiHa 66KiHa 125KiHa 200
Express: KiHa 58
Limited Express: KiHa 71KiHa 72KiHa 185
Charter: KiHa 183-1000
AC BEMUs Commuter: BEC819
Withdrawn AC EMUs Commuter: 715717
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 457475
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 20KiHa 35KiHa 45
Express: KiHa 65
Future AC EMUs Commuter: 821
Hybrid MUs Commuter: YC1
JR Hokkaido multiple units
Active AC EMUs Shinkansen: H5
Commuter: 721731733735
Limited Express: 785789
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 40KiHa 54KiHa 141KiHa 150KiHa 201
Limited Express: KiHa 183KiHa 261KiHa 281KiHa 283
Withdrawn AC EMUs Commuter: 711
Limited Express: 781
Dual-current EMUs Limited Express: 485583
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 22KiHa 45KiHa 130
Express: KiHa 56
Limited Express: KiHa 80
Non-revenue: KiHa 160KiHa 285
Future DMUs Commuter: H100
JR Shikoku multiple units
Active DC EMUs Commuter: 1131215000600070007200
Limited Express: 80008600
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 32KiHa 40KiHa 54100012001500
Limited Express: KiHa 18520002600
Withdrawn DC EMUs Commuter: 111
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 20KiHa 35KiHa 45
Express: KiHa 57KiHa 58KiHa 65
Limited Express: KiHa 181
Future DMUs Limited Express: 2700
Railway Technical Research Institute multiple units
Active DC BEMUs Non-revenue: LH02
Dual-current EMUs Non-revenue: FGT-9000
Fuel cell MUs Non-revenue: R291
Withdrawn Dual-current EMUs Non-revenue: GCT01GCT01-200
Maglev Non-revenue: ML100ML500ML500RMLU001MLU002MLU002NMLX01
JGR/JNR multiple units
JGR Wooden-bodied EMUs Commuter: 1963625062606280628563006310634033400335004320063100
Steel-bodied EMUs Commuter: 303132334042505162637072
Express: 5280
Non-revenue EMUs Non-revenue: 793493
DMUs Constant mesh gearbox: KiHa 01KiHa 04KiHa 07KiHa 5000KiHa 40000
Diesel-electric: KiHaNi 36450KiHa 43000KiHa 44000
Miscellaneous: KiSaHa 04
JNR AC EMUs Shinkansen: 0100200
Non-revenue Shinkansen: Class 922Class 925Class 941Class 951Class 961Class 962Class 1000
Commuter: 711713715717
Limited Express: 781
DC EMUs Commuter: 101103105111113115117119121123201203205207211213301
Limited Express: 151153155157159161165167169181183185189381
Non-revenue: 141143145147191193443495791
Proposed: 187
Dual-current EMUs Commuter: 413415417419
Limited Express: 455485489583
Non-revenue: 591
DMUs Commuter: KiHa 08KiHa 10KiHa 15KiHa 20KiHa 31KiHa 32KiHa 35KiHa 37KiHa 38KiHa 40KiHa 45KiHa 54KiHa 66
Express: KiHa 55KiHa 56KiHa 57KiHa 58KiHa 60KiHa 65KiHa 90
Limited Express: KiHa 80KiHa 181KiHa 183KiHa 185
Non-revenue: KiYa 191KiHa 391