200-Series Shinkansen
Shinkansen 200kei F17
This is a 200-Series Shinkansen trainset (F17). Note the snow-plow on the front.

Years built



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

Number Produced


Years in Operation

1982 - 2013

Fleet Numbers




Type of Electric Train


Number Operational


Number Preserved


Number Scrapped


Power Source


l x w x 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)


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 have been operational since 1982, and all sets are retired from service until Spring 2013.


Much the same as the 0-Series trainsets 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. Withdrawal started in 1997, and ended in May of 2007. The 200 series sets were actually built before the 100 series sets.


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 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 Joetsu line.


The 200-Series as a whole can be identified by the green stripes running along the train at widow 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.


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.


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