The N700-Series Shinkansen is a high-speed EMU in Japan. Built since 2005 for Japan Railways Group companies: JR Central, JR kyushu and operated by JR West as well. The N700 is at the cutting edge of train technology. It features tilting suspension, that tilts up-to one degree to allow the N700 trainsets to keep up a higher speed while cornering. This technology has been used on other Shinkansen trainset series. Both the S and R types are painted a pale blue, rather than white, to provoke a sense of traditional Japanese porcellen. They are both used by JR Kyushu.
Z sets (2005-present)Edit
The first set, or prototype set, numbered Z0 was delivered in March 2005 for testing. It has never entered passenger services. The first production N700 set was Z1 that was delivered in April 2007 and entered passenger duties on the 1st of July 2007. These are 16-car sets.
N sets (2007-present)Edit
The first of these 16-car sets (N1) was delivered in June 2007, and entered service on the first of the next month.
S sets (2011-present)Edit
These N700-7000 series are 8-car sets. These sets do not feature the tilting suspension system since they don't run on the Tokaido line.
R sets (2011-present)Edit
These 8-car sets are numbered N700-8000 series. They run the Sakura and Mizuho services on the Kyushu and Sanyo lines.
This is a new version that JR Central announced on the 30th of May 2011. This is designed to replace the 700-Series soon. Ironically the 700-Series is the type that inspired the N700 to be created. They are also known as the N700A series, which is the far most advanced sets.
- Built: 2005-present
- Builder: Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
- Number built: 99 sets
- Formation: 8 to 16 cars per trainset
- Capacity (people): N/Z sets: 1,323 (1,123 Standard + 200 Green class), R/S sets: 546 (522 Standard + 24 Green class)
- Car body construction: Aluminum
- Car length: 82 ft (25,000 mm) (middle cars), 89 ft 9 in (27,350 mm) (head/tail cars)
- Width: 11 ft (3,360 mm)
- Height: 11 ft 10 in (3,600 mm) (middle cars), 11 ft 6 in (3,500 mm) (head/tail cars)
- Maximum speed: 168 mph (270 km/h) (Tokaido line), 186 mph (300 km/h) (Sanyo line), 162 mph (260 km/h) (Kyushu line)
- Weight (16-car): 715 t
- Electrical system: 25 kV AC, 60 Hz overhead wires
- Collection method: Pantograph
- Gauge: 4 ft 8½ in (1,435 mm)