|This is E6-Series set S12.|
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The E6-Series Shinkansen is a high-speed EMU in Japan. Built since 2010 for JR East, it is designed to work on the Akita line. The first set, (pre-production set S12), was delivered in June 2010. Testing began the following month. Passenger services are set to start in March 2013.
The E6 was designed to replace the E3-Series trainsets that currently work the Akita line, which is a recently upgraded line from narrow- to standard-gauge. This means that the trains have to be narrower to run on this line.
Construction of aluminium alloy, and a single set can cater for 338 (315 standard + 23 green class) passengers. The end cars are 75 foot 8½ inches (23 meters) long, and the intermediate cars are shorter at 67 foot 3 inches (20.5 meters) long. Top speed is 200 mph (320 km/h) on the Tohoku line, but less on the Akita line at 81 mph (130 km/h). The sets are dual current and can run on either the 20 or the 25 kV AC, 50Hz lines.