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300 (right) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station
300 (right) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station

The Shinkansen (新幹線?) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Since the initial Tōkaidō Shinkansen opened in 1964 running at 210 km/h (130 mph), the network (2,459 km or 1,528 miles) has expanded to link most major cities on the islands of Honshū and Kyūshū with running speeds of up to 300 km/h (188 mph), in an earthquake and typhoon prone environment. Test run speeds have been 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996, and up to a world record of 581 km/h (361 mph) for maglev trainsets, in 2003. Shinkansen Records is an independent record label which was founded by Matt Haynes in 1996, after disbanding Sarah Records. ... French-designed Eurostar and Thalys TGVs side-by-side in the Paris-Gare du Nord. ... Map showing the approximate areas covered by each company in the JR Group. ... Tokaido Shinkansen route Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) is the original Shinkansen line that opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the natural seismic phenomenon. ... Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004. ... JR-Maglev MLX01 at Yamanashi. ... Transrapid Shanghai Maglev Train stopping at terminus Longyang Road station Transrapid Shanghai Maglev Train Inside the Shanghai Transrapid maglev Inside the Shanghai Transrapid maglev VIP section Magnetic levitation transport, or maglev, is a form of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles (especially trains) using electromagnetic force. ...


Shinkansen literally means "New Trunk Line", referring to the tracks, but the name is widely used in and outside Japan to refer to the trains running on the lines as well as the system as a whole. The name "Superexpress" (超特急 chō-tokkyū?), initially used for Hikari trains, was officially retired in 1972 but is still used in English-language announcements and signage. Shinkansen 300 Series passing through Maibara Station, April 2002 Hikari is one of the train services running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. ...


In contrast to older lines, Shinkansen are standard gauge, and use tunnels and viaducts to go through and over obstacles, rather than around them. It is separated from conventional rail and constructed in completely renewed railway system, using ATC (Automatic train control system without signal), minumum 4,000 meters (2,500 meters in the oldest Tokaido Shinkansen) radius curve, elevated track without crossing, and so forth. As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... This article is about the edifice. ... Automatic Train Control (ATC) is a safety system for railways, ensuring the safe and smooth operation of trains on ATC-enabled lines. ... Tokaido Shinkansen route Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) is the original Shinkansen line that opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. ...


Namely Tokaido Shinkansen is the world busiest high-speed rail and carries 375,000 passengers a day. Though largely a long-distance transport system, the Shinkansen also serves a few regular commuters who travel to work into metropolitan areas from cities beyond the metropolitan areas. Tokaido Shinkansen route Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) is the original Shinkansen line that opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. ... French-designed Eurostar and Thalys TGVs side-by-side in the Paris-Gare du Nord. ...

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History

Shinkansen track is standard gauge, extremely level, with welded rails to reduce vibration.
Shinkansen track is standard gauge, extremely level, with welded rails to reduce vibration.

Japan was the first country to build dedicated railway lines for high speed travel. Because of the mountainous terrain, the existing network consisted of 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge lines, which generally took indirect routes and could not be adapted to higher speeds. Consequently, Japan had a greater need for new high speed lines than countries where the existing standard gauge or broad gauge rail system had more upgrade potential. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1792x1200, 345 KB) Shinkansen Track Photo taken by me on July 3, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1792x1200, 345 KB) Shinkansen Track Photo taken by me on July 3, 2006. ... Narrow-gauge railways are railroads (railways) with track spaced at less than the standard gauge of 4 ft 8½ in (1. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... For other uses, see Gauge. ...


Early proposals

The popular English name bullet train is a literal translation of the Japanese term dangan ressha (弾丸列車), a nickname given to the project while it was initially being discussed in the 1930s. The name stuck due to the Shinkansen locomotive's resemblance to a bullet and its high speed.


The "Shinkansen" name was first formally used in 1940 for a proposed standard gauge passenger/freight line between Tokyo and Shimonoseki, using steam and electric locomotives with a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). Over the next three years, the Ministry of Railways drew up more ambitious plans to extend the line to Beijing (through a tunnel to Korea) and even Singapore, and build connections to the Trans-Siberian Railway and other trunk lines in Asia. These plans were abandoned in 1943, as Japan's position in World War II worsened. However, some construction did commence on the line; several tunnels on the present-day Shinkansen date to the war-era project. For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Shimonoseki (下関市; -shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan. ... Peking redirects here. ... For the Fabergé egg, see Trans-Siberian Railway (Fabergé egg). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


In 1957, Odakyu Electric Railway introduced its Romancecar 3000 SE service, setting a world speed record of (145 km/h or 90 mph) for a narrow gauge train. This train gave designers the confidence they could build an even faster standard gauge train, as the first Shinkansen, the 0 Series, and built on the success of the Romancecar. Near Higashi-Kitazawa Station The Odakyu Electric Railway Co. ... [Image:Odakyu Romance Car Series 50000-2. ...


Construction

Mount Fuji with Shinkansen and Sakura trees in the foreground
Mount Fuji with Shinkansen and Sakura trees in the foreground

Following the end of World War II, high speed rail was forgotten for several years. Passengers of conventional Tokaido Line increased and by the mid-1950s, the Tōkaidō Main Line was operating at full capacity, and the Ministry of Railways decided to revisit the Shinkansen project. Government approval came in 1958, and construction of the first segment of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka started in 1959. Much of the construction was financed by a US$80 million loan from the World Bank. A testing facility for rolling stock, now part of the line, opened in Odawara in 1962. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (872x608, 89 KB) Summary self made Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (872x608, 89 KB) Summary self made Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Mount Fuji Mount Fuji , IPA: )  , is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 ft). ... This article is about cherry blossoms and their cultural significance to the Japanese. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Tokaido Main Line The Tōkaidō Main Line (東海道本線 Tōkaidō-honsen) is the busiest trunk line of Japan Railway (JR), connecting Tokyo Station and Kobe Station. ... Tōkaidō Main Line The Tōkaidō Main Line ) is the busiest trunk line of Japan Railway (JR), connecting Tokyo Station and Kobe Station. ... Jan. ... Tokaido Shinkansen route Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) is the original Shinkansen line that opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Osaka (disambiguation). ... The World Bank logo The World Bank (the Bank) is a part of the World Bank Group (WBG), is a bank that makes loans to developing countries for development programs with the stated goal of reducing poverty. ... Categories: Cities in Kanagawa Prefecture | Japan geography stubs ...


The Tōkaidō Shinkansen opened on October 1, 1964, in time for the Tokyo Olympics. Conventional Limited express ran from Tokyo to Osaka in 6h40, but Shinkansen ran in only 4h00, and in 1965 shortened to 3h10. It was an immediate success, reaching the 100 million passenger mark in less than three years on July 13, 1967 and one billion passengers in 1976. Sixteen-car trains were introduced for Expo '70 in Osaka. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... The 1964 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, were held in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Tower of the Sun Expo 70 (ja. ...


The first Shinkansen trains ran at speeds of up to 210 km/h (130 mph)[1], later increased to 220 km/h (135 mph). Some of these trains, with their classic bullet-nosed appearance, are still in use, and a driving car from one of them is now in the British National Railway Museum in York. Shinkansen 0 Series at Fukuyama Station, April 2002. ... Locomotives arranged around the turntable in the Great Hall. ...


Network expansion

This early success prompted an extension of the first line westward to Hiroshima and Fukuoka (the Sanyo Shinkansen), and was completed in 1975. For other uses, see Hiroshima (disambiguation). ... This article is about a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... Sanyō Shinkansen (山陽新幹線; Sanyō Shinkansen) is a line of Shinkansen high speed rail, connecting Shin-Osaka with Hakata Station in Fukuoka, and it is operated by West Japan Railway Company. ...


Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka was an ardent supporter, and his government proposed an extensive network paralleling most existing trunk lines. Two new lines, the Tohoku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen, were built following this plan. Many other planned lines were delayed or scrapped entirely as the national railway went further into debt, largely due to the high costs of building the Shinkansen network. By the early 1980s, Japan National Railways was practically insolvent, leading to privatization in 1987. Kakuei Tanaka (田中 角栄 Tanaka Kakuei May 4, 1918–December 16, 1993) was a Japanese politician and the 64th and 65th Prime Minister of Japan from July 7, 1972 to December 22, 1972 and from December 22, 1972 to December 9, 1974 respectively. ... Tōhoku Shinkansen (東北新幹線) is a line of Shinkansen high speed rail, connecting Tokyo with Hachinohe in Aomori for a total length of 593. ... Joetsu Shinkansen route Joetsu Shinkansen (上越新幹線) is a high-speed railway line connecting Tokyo and Niigata, Japan, via Tohoku Shinkansen, operated by the East Japan Railway Company. ... Japanese National Railways (日本国有鉄道 Nippon Kokuyū Tetsudō), abbreviated Kokutetsu (国鉄) or JNR, was the national railway network of Japan from 1872 to 1987. ...


Despite this, development of the Shinkansen continued. Several new models of train followed the first, generally each with its own distinctive appearance. Shinkansen trains now run regularly at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph), putting them among the fastest trains running in the world, along with the French TGV, Italian TAV, Spanish AVE, and German ICE trains. For the group of heart conditions referred to as TGV, see Transposition of the great vessels. ... Treno Alta Velocità SpA is special purpose entity owned by RFI for planning and construction of high-speed rail lines (TAV) along Italys most important and saturated transport routes. ... For other uses, see AVE (disambiguation). ... ICE 3 trainset near Ingolstadt The InterCityExpress or ICE (German pronunciation: ) is a system of high-speed trains predominantly running in Germany and its neighbouring countries. ...


Since 1970, development has also been underway for the Chūō Shinkansen, a maglev train planned to run from Tokyo to Osaka. On December 2, 2003, the 3-car maglev trainset JR-Maglev MLX01 reached a world speed record of 581 km/h (361 mph). Proposed Chuo Shinkansen route (gray) and existing Tokaido Shinkansen route (gold). ... Transrapid Shanghai Maglev Train stopping at terminus Longyang Road station Transrapid Shanghai Maglev Train Inside the Shanghai Transrapid maglev Inside the Shanghai Transrapid maglev VIP section Magnetic levitation transport, or maglev, is a form of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles (especially trains) using electromagnetic force. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... JR-Maglev, MLX01, at Yamanashi JR-Maglev, MLX01 (X means Experimental), is a magnetic levitation train system developed by the Japan Railway Technical Reasearch Institute (association of Japan Railway Group), composed of a maximum 5 cars to run on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line. ... JR-Maglev MLX01 at Yamanashi. ...


In 2003, JR Central reported that the Shinkansen's average arrival time was within six seconds of the scheduled time. This includes all natural and human accidents and errors and is calculated from all of about 160,000 trips Shinkansen made. The previous record was from 1997 and was 18 seconds. Japan celebrated 40 years of high speed rail in 2004, with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen line alone having carried 4.16 billion passengers. According to Japanrail.com, the website for companies that operate Shinkansen, the network has carried over 6 billion passengers.


Safety record

The 2004 Chūetsu earthquake derailed a train on the Joetsu Shinkansen.

During the Shinkansen's 40-year, 6 billion passenger history, there have been no passenger fatalities due to derailments or collisions (including earthquakes and typhoons). Injuries and a single fatality have been caused by doors closing on passengers or their belongings; attendants are employed at platforms to prevent this. There have, however, been suicides by passengers jumping both from and in front of moving trains. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 566 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Descarrilamento do Shinkansen em Chuetsu, 23 de Outubro de 2004. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 566 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Descarrilamento do Shinkansen em Chuetsu, 23 de Outubro de 2004. ...


The only derailment of a Shinkansen train in passenger service occurred during the Chūetsu Earthquake on October 23, 2004. Eight of ten cars of the Toki No. 325 train on the Jōetsu Shinkansen derailed near Nagaoka Station in Nagaoka, Niigata. There were no casualties among the 154 passengers. [2]PDF (43.8 KiB) In the event of an earthquake, an earthquake detection system can bring the train to a stop very quickly. Experimental Fastech 360 trains have ear-like air resistance braking flaps to assist emergency stops at high speeds. The ChÅ«etsu Earthquakes ) began at 5:56 p. ... is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Toki can refer to: Toki is the name of an ancient Japanese clan. ... Joetsu Shinkansen route Joetsu Shinkansen (上越新幹線) is a high-speed railway line connecting Tokyo and Niigata, Japan, via Tohoku Shinkansen, operated by the East Japan Railway Company. ... Nagaoka (長岡市) is a city located in the central part of Niigata Prefecture, Japan. ... Niigata Prefecture ) is located on HonshÅ« island on the coast of the Sea of Japan. ... “PDF” redirects here. ... A kibibyte (a contraction of kilo binary byte) is a unit of information or computer storage, commonly abbreviated KiB (never kiB). 1 kibibyte = 210 bytes = 1,024 bytes The kibibyte is closely related to the kilobyte, which can be used either as a synonym for kibibyte or to refer to... A FASTECH 360 S at Sendai station. ...


Future

Construction of Hokuriku Shinkansen in Fukui
Construction of Hokuriku Shinkansen in Fukui

Noise pollution concerns mean that increasing speed is becoming more difficult. Current research is primarily aimed at reducing operational noise, particularly the "tunnel boom" phenomenon caused when trains exit tunnels at high speed. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1500 × 1125 pixel, file size: 593 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1500 × 1125 pixel, file size: 593 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... , Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Noise pollution (or environmental noise in technical venues) is displeasing human or machine created sound that disrupts the environment. ... Tunnel boom is a phenomenon similar to a sonic boom that occurs when a high-speed train exits a tunnel. ...


JR East has announced that new trains capable of up to 320 km/h (199 mph) are to be introduced coinciding with the opening of the Tohoku Shinkansen extension from Hachinohe to Shin-Aomori in early 2011. Extensive trials using the Fastech 360 test trains has shown that operation at 360 km/h is not currently feasible due to problems of noise pollution, overhead wire wear, and braking distances. This may indicate the limits to railed Shinkansen technology, and eventually maglev or another technology will need to replace it. Operation at speeds of up to 320 km/h between Utsunomiya and Shin-Aomori is expected to allow journey times of around 3 hours for trains from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori (a distance of approximately 675 km or 419 miles). Noise pollution (or environmental noise in technical venues) is displeasing human or machine created sound that disrupts the environment. ... Look up Maglev in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Utsunomiya (Japanese: 宇都宮市; -shi) is a city located in Tochigi, Japan. ...


The Kyūshū Shinkansen from Kagoshima to Yatsushiro opened in March 2004. Three more extensions are planned for opening by 2010: Hakata-Yatsushiro, Hachinohe-Aomori, and by 2014: Nagano-Kanazawa, and 2015: Aomori-Hakodate (through the Seikan Tunnel). There are also long-term plans to extend the network, Hokkaidō Shinkansen from Hakodate to Sapporo, Kyūshū Shinkansen to Nagasaki, as well as to complete a link from Kanazawa back to Osaka, although none of these are likely to be completed by 2020. Also, the CEO of JR Central announced plans to have the maglev Chuo Shinkansen operating Tokyo-Nagoya in 1 hr (366 km/227 miles) by 2025. Kyushu Shinkansen map The Kyushu Shinkansen ) is a 249 km high-speed railway line between the Japanese cities of Fukuoka and Kagoshima, on KyÅ«shÅ« Island, running parallel to the existing Kagoshima Main Line. ... Kagoshima (鹿児島市; -shi) the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture at the southwest tip of the Kyushu island of Japan. ... Yatsushiro (八代市; -shi) is a city located in Kumamoto, Japan. ... Aomori (Japanese: ; Aomori-shi) is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture (青森県; Aomori-ken), the north end of HonshÅ«. The city faces Mutsu Bay connecting Tsugaru Channel and the Hakkoda Mountains lie in the southern part of Aomori. ... Kanazawa Kanazawa (金沢市; -shi) is the capital city of Ishikawa in Japan. ... The Seikan Tunnel (青函トンネル Seikan Tonneru or 青函隧道 Seikan Zuidō) is a 53. ... The Hokkaido Shinkansen (北海道新幹線) is a high-speed rail line currently under construction between Aomori (HonshÅ«) and Hokkaido through the Seikan Tunnel. ... Sapporo redirects here. ... Megane-bashi (Spectacles Bridge) Nagasaki   listen? (長崎市; -shi, literally long peninsula) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture located at the south-western coast of Kyushu, Japan. ... Transrapid Shanghai Maglev Train stopping at terminus Longyang Road station Transrapid Shanghai Maglev Train Inside the Shanghai Transrapid maglev Inside the Shanghai Transrapid maglev VIP section Magnetic levitation transport, or maglev, is a form of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles (especially trains) using electromagnetic force. ... Proposed Chuo Shinkansen route (gray) and existing Tokaido Shinkansen route (gold). ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Nagoya ) is the fourth largest city in Japan. ...


The Narita Shinkansen project to connect Tokyo to Narita International Airport, initiated in the 1970s but halted in 1983 after landowner protests, has been officially cancelled and removed from the Basic Plan governing Shinkansen construction. Parts of its planned right-of-way will be utilized by the Narita Rapid Railway link when it opens in 2010. Although the NRR will use standard-gauge track, it will not be built to Shinkansen specifications and it would not be feasible to convert it into a full Shinkansen line. The Narita Shinkansen (成田新幹線) was a project to connect Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station with a high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train line). ... Narita International Airport ) (IATA: NRT, ICAO: RJAA) is an international airport located in Narita, Chiba, Japan, in the eastern portion of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... The Narita Rapid Railway (成田新高速鉄道線 Narita Shin-Kōsoku Tetsudō-sen) is a new rapid rail link under construction between central Tokyo and Narita Airport. ...


List of Shinkansen lines

Map of Shinkansen network.Lines in green: Operated by JR EastLines in yellow: Operated by JR CentralLines in blue: Operated by JR WestLines in red: Operated by JR KyūshūLines in gray: Planned
Map of Shinkansen network.
Lines in green: Operated by JR East
Lines in yellow: Operated by JR Central
Lines in blue: Operated by JR West
Lines in red: Operated by JR Kyūshū
Lines in gray: Planned

The main Shinkansen lines are: Shinkansen map This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Shinkansen map This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Yamanote Line, Tokyo JR Yamanote Line train in Tokyo, Japan Above Yurakucho in Tokyo East Japan Railway Company (東日本旅客鉄道 Higashi-Nihon Ryokyaku Tetsudo or JR東日本; JR Higashi-Nihon) (TYO: 9020) is a Japanese private railroad company, the largest passenger railway company in the world and one of the seven JR companies. ... JR Central Towers in Nagoya The Central Japan Railway Company (東海旅客鉄道 JR Tōkai; JR 東海) is the main railway company operating in the Chubu (Nagoya) region of central Japan. ... West Japan Railway Company (西日本旅客鉄道株式会社 Nishi Nihon Ryokaku Tetsudô Kabushiki Gaisha), commonly known as JR-West (JR西日本 JR Nishi Nihon), is one of JR companies in Japan that covers western Honshu. ... JR Kyushu Midori Express Train on Sasebo Line The Kyushu Railway Company ) is one of the constituent companies of Japan Railway. ...

Two further lines, known as Mini-Shinkansen (ミニ新幹線), have also been constructed by upgrading existing sections of line: Tokaido Shinkansen route Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) is the original Shinkansen line that opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. ... Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station Tokyo Station ) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. ... Shin-Osaka Station (新大阪駅), or New Osaka Station, is a train station in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Japan. ... Sanyō Shinkansen (山陽新幹線; Sanyō Shinkansen) is a line of Shinkansen high speed rail, connecting Shin-Osaka with Hakata Station in Fukuoka, and it is operated by West Japan Railway Company. ... Shin-Osaka Station (新大阪駅), or New Osaka Station, is a train station in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Japan. ... Hakata Station (博多駅) is the main railway terminal in Fukuoka city, Japan. ... Tōhoku Shinkansen route Tōhoku Shinkansen (東北新幹線) is a high-speed rail line, connecting Tokyo with Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture for a total length of 593 km, Japans longest Shinkansen line. ... Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station Tokyo Station ) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. ... Hachinohe Station, located in Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, is the northern terminus of the Tohoku Shinkansen. ... Joetsu Shinkansen route Joetsu Shinkansen (上越新幹線) is a high-speed railway line connecting Tokyo and Niigata, Japan, via Tohoku Shinkansen, operated by the East Japan Railway Company. ... Omiya Station Omiya Station (Japanese: 大宮駅 ÅŒmiya Eki) is the name of a railway station in Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Niigata ) is the capital and the most populous city of Niigata Prefecture, Japan. ... The Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線) is a shinkansen rail line which opened in 1997 between Takasaki and Nagano; it is called the Nagano Shinkansen (長野新幹線) in JR East publicity and timetables. ... General Information Nagano Shinkansen (長野新幹線) is the name for the segment of the Hokuriku Shinkansen that currently exists (as of 2005). ... Kyushu Shinkansen map The Kyushu Shinkansen ) is a 249 km high-speed railway line between the Japanese cities of Fukuoka and Kagoshima, on KyÅ«shÅ« Island, running parallel to the existing Kagoshima Main Line. ... Shin-Yatsushiro Station (新八代駅) is a JR Kyushu railway station located in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. ... Kagoshima-Chūō Station or Kagoshima Central Station (鹿児島中央駅, Kagoshima Chūō Eki) is the main railway station in Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan. ...

There are two standard gauge not technically classified as Shinkansen lines but with Shinkansen services: A 400-series shinkansen train enters Utsunomiya station with the Tsubasa 113 service bound for Shinjo. ... Fukushima Station (福島駅; -eki) is located in the city of Fukushima, Fukushima, Japan. ... Shinjō Station (新庄駅) is a JR East railway station located in Shinjō, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ... Komachi at Omagari station. ... Morioka Station (盛岡駅) is a railway station located in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. ... Akita Station, located in Akita, Akita, Japan. ...

The Hakata Minami Line (博多南線) is an 8. ... Hakata Station (博多駅) is the main railway terminal in Fukuoka city, Japan. ... This is a short branchline that extends from Echigo-Yuzawa station on the Joetsu Shinkansen to Gala-Yuzawa station. ... The Joetsu Line is a major rail line in Japan. ... Gala Yuzawa Station The Gala-Yuzawa Line ) is a railway line in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. ...

Future lines

Many Shinkansen lines were proposed during the boom of the early 1970s but have yet to be constructed. These are called Seibi Shinkansen (整備新幹線) or "planned Shinkansen." One of these lines, the Narita Shinkansen to Narita Airport, has been officially cancelled, but a few remain under development. The Narita Shinkansen (成田新幹線) was a project to connect Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station with a high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train line). ... Narita International Airport ) (IATA: NRT, ICAO: RJAA) is an international airport located in Narita, Chiba, Japan, in the eastern portion of the Greater Tokyo Area. ...

  • Tōhoku Shinkansen extension from Hachinohe Station to Shin-Aomori is under construction and will open by 2010.
  • Hokuriku Shinkansen extension to Kanazawa is under construction and will open by 2014. The complete extension of the line to Osaka is under development, and only Fukui Station is under construction.
  • Kyūshū Shinkansen extension to Hakata is under construction and will open by 2010.
  • The second Kyūshū Shinkansen route from Shin-Tosu to Nagasaki section is under development.
  • The Hokkaidō Shinkansen from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate is under construction and will open by 2015. A further extension of the line from Shin-Hakodate to Sapporo is under development.

Tōhoku Shinkansen route Tōhoku Shinkansen (東北新幹線) is a high-speed rail line, connecting Tokyo with Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture for a total length of 593 km, Japans longest Shinkansen line. ... Hachinohe Station, located in Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, is the northern terminus of the Tohoku Shinkansen. ... Shin-Aomori Station (新青森駅 -eki) is a station on the ÅŒu Main Line in Aomori, Aomori. ... The Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線) is a shinkansen rail line which opened in 1997 between Takasaki and Nagano; it is called the Nagano Shinkansen (長野新幹線) in JR East publicity and timetables. ... Kanazawa Kanazawa (金沢市; -shi) is the capital city of Ishikawa in Japan. ... For other uses, see Osaka (disambiguation). ... Kyushu Shinkansen map The Kyushu Shinkansen ) is a 249 km high-speed railway line between the Japanese cities of Fukuoka and Kagoshima, on KyÅ«shÅ« Island, running parallel to the existing Kagoshima Main Line. ... Hakata Station (博多駅) is the main railway terminal in Fukuoka city, Japan. ... Tosu (鳥栖市; -shi) is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. ... Megane-bashi (Spectacles Bridge) Nagasaki   listen? (長崎市; -shi, literally long peninsula) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture located at the south-western coast of Kyushu, Japan. ... The Hokkaido Shinkansen (北海道新幹線) is a high-speed rail line currently under construction between Aomori (HonshÅ«) and Hokkaido through the Seikan Tunnel. ... Shin-Aomori Station (新青森駅 -eki) is a station on the ÅŒu Main Line in Aomori, Aomori. ... View of Hakodate from Mountain Hakodate (函館市; -shi) is a city and port located in Oshima, Hokkaido, Japan. ... Sapporo Station (札幌駅,Sapporo Eki) is a train station in Kita-ku and Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (Hokkaido Railway Company part is in Kita-ku, and Sapporo Subway part is in Chuo-ku). ...

Shinkansen technology outside Japan

Railways using Shinkansen technology are not limited to those in Japan.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (traditional Chinese: , also known as the THSR) is Taiwans high-speed rail network, running approximately 335. ... The 700T Series Shinkansen trainsets for Taiwans HSR will start services in 2006. ... Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. ... This article is about Multiple Units vehicles. ... The E2 Series Shinkansen are new trains (construction started in 1997) for Japans Joetsu, Tohoku and Nagano Shinkansen high-speed dedicated rail lines. ... Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (三菱電機, Mitsubishi Denki), TYO: 6503 is a Japanese company based in the Mitsubishi Denki Building in Tokyo, manufactures electric and architectural equipment. ... It has been suggested that Hitachi Works be merged into this article or section. ... Class 395 is the designation[1] of new EMUs being built for Southeastern to operate new high speed domestic services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL-DS) and the Olympic Javelin shuttle services to the 2012 Summer Olympics. ... 0 km London St Pancras Temple Mills Eurostar Depot 9 km Stratford International 10 km 21 km 27 km 30 km 32 km 37 km Ebbsfleet International 39 km 50 km 54 km 88 km 89 km 90 km Ashford International 91 km 106 km Dollands Moor Freight terminal 108...

List of Shinkansen train models

Trains can be up to sixteen cars long. With each car measuring 25 m (82 ft) in length, the longest trains are 400 m (1/4 mile) from front to back. Stations are similarly long to accommodate these trains. Japan's maglev trains are considered Shinkansen.

Series of Shinkansen
Series of Shinkansen
Mt. Ibuki with 300 Series
Mt. Ibuki with 300 Series
Shinkansen 700T train on a test run on the Taiwan High Speed Rail in June 2006.
Shinkansen 700T train on a test run on the Taiwan High Speed Rail in June 2006.
N700: The Newest Model
N700: The Newest Model
  • Experimental Railed Trains
    • 1000 Type
    • 951 Type
    • 961 Type
    • 962 Type
    • 500-900 Series (WIN 350)
    • 952/953 Type (STAR 21)
    • 955 Type (300X)
    • E954 Type (FASTECH 360 S)
    • E955 Type (FASTECH 360 Z)(Mini-Shinkansen)
  • Maglev Trains:
    • LSM200 - 1972
    • ML100 - 1972
    • ML100A - 1975
    • ML-500 - 1977
    • ML-500R - 1979
    • MLU001 - 1981
    • MLU002 - 1987
    • MLU002N - 1993
    • MLX01 - 1996
    • MLX01-901 - 2002
  • Maintenance Trains
    • 911 Type Diesel Locomotive
    • 912 Type Diesel Locomotive
    • DD18 Type Diesel Locomotive
    • DD19 Type Diesel Locomotive
    • 944 Type (Rescue Train)
    • 921 Type 0 Numbers (Track Checking Car)
    • 922 Type (Doctor Yellow Set T1, T2, T3)
    • 923 Type (Doctor Yellow Set T4, T5)
    • 925 Type (Doctor Yellow Set S1, S2)
    • E926 Type (East i)(Mini-Shinkansen)

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List of types of Shinkansen services

The Shinkansen fare system is integrated with Japan's low-speed intercity railway lines, but a surcharge is required to ride the Shinkansen. Here, an ordinary ticket from Tokyo to Takamatsu is coupled with a Shinkansen surcharge ticket from Tokyo to Okayama, allowing use of the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Okayama and use of local lines from Okayama to Takamatsu. For trips exclusively on one Shinkansen, the ordinary fare and Shinkansen surcharge may be combined on one ticket.
The Shinkansen fare system is integrated with Japan's low-speed intercity railway lines, but a surcharge is required to ride the Shinkansen. Here, an ordinary ticket from Tokyo to Takamatsu is coupled with a Shinkansen surcharge ticket from Tokyo to Okayama, allowing use of the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Okayama and use of local lines from Okayama to Takamatsu. For trips exclusively on one Shinkansen, the ordinary fare and Shinkansen surcharge may be combined on one ticket.

Originally intended to carry passenger and freight trains by day and night, the Shinkansen lines carry only passenger trains. The system shuts down between midnight and 06:00 every day for maintenance. The few overnight trains that still run in Japan run on the old narrow gauge network that the Shinkansen parallels. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 513 pixel Image in higher resolution (1272 × 815 pixel, file size: 86 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) 新幹線 乗車券と特急券 (入場済み) (使用期限切れ) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Shinkansen ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 513 pixel Image in higher resolution (1272 × 815 pixel, file size: 86 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) 新幹線 乗車券と特急券 (入場済み) (使用期限切れ) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Shinkansen ... Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station Tokyo Station ) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. ... Takamatsu Station is the name of multiple train stations in Japan. ... Okayama Station building and statue of Momotarō Okayama Station ) is a railway station located in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. ...

  • Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Sanyō Shinkansen
    Nozomi (のぞみ)
    Hikari (ひかり)
    Hikari Rail Star (in Sanyo area only) (ひかりレールスター)
    Kodama (こだま)
  • Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen and Akita Shinkansen
    Hayate (はやて)
    Yamabiko, Max Yamabiko (やまびこ)
    Nasuno, Max Nasuno (なすの)
    Aoba (discontinued) (あおば)
    Komachi (Akita Shinkansen) (こまち)
    Tsubasa (Yamagata Shinkansen) (つばさ)
  • Jōetsu Shinkansen
    Toki, Max Toki (とき)
    Tanigawa, Max Tanigawa (たにがわ)
    Asahi (discontinued), Max Asahi (あさひ)(discontinued)
  • Hokuriku Shinkansen (Nagano Shinkansen)
    Asama, Max Asama (あさま)
  • Kyūshū Shinkansen
    Tsubame (つばめ)

Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 The interior of a 700 Series Shinkansen (Nozomi), September 2004 Inaugurated on March 14, 1992, Nozomi is the fastest train service running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. ... Shinkansen 300 Series passing through Maibara Station, April 2002 Hikari is one of the train services running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. ... Categories: Stub | Shinkansen | Named passenger trains ... Kodama is the slowest of the trains services running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. ... Hayate is the fastest service on the Tōhoku Shinkansen, and is the only one to serve Iwate-Numakunai and Ninohe stations, and the current terminus of Hachinohe. ... Nasuno なすの An all-stops section local service on the Tohoku Shinkansen, running between Tokyo Station and Koriyama, a medium-sized city approximately 225 km north of Tokyo. ... // Nasuno なすの An all-stops section local service on the Tohoku Shinkansen, running between Tokyo Station and Koriyama, a medium-sized city approximately 225 km north of Tokyo. ... Komachi is the sole service running on the Akita Shinkansen, using only E3 Series trains. ... The Tsubasa is the only service running on the Yamagata Shinkansen, which started in 1992. ... Asama is the sole service running on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Nagano Shinkansen). ... Asama (あさま) is the sole service running on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Nagano Shinkansen). ... Tsubame is the initial service running on the Kyushu Shinkansen since the line opened in March 2004. ...

Speed records

km/h (mph) Train Location Date Comments
200 (124.3) 1000 Type Shinkansen Odawara test track, now part of Tōkaidō Shinkansen 31 October 1962
256 (159.1) 1000 Type Shinkansen Odawara test track 30 March 1963 Former world speed record for EMU trains.
286 (177.7) 951 Type Shinkansen Sanyō Shinkansen 24 February 1972 Former world speed record for EMU trains.
319.0 (198.2) 961 Type Shinkansen Oyama test track, now part of Tōhoku Shinkansen 7 December 1979 Former world speed record for EMU trains.
325.7 (202.4) 300 series test train Tōkaidō Shinkansen 28 February 1991
352.0 (218.7) Class 952/953 test train Jōetsu Shinkansen 30 October 1992
425.0 (264.1) Class 952/953 test train Jōetsu Shinkansen 21 December 1993
426.6 (265.1) Class 955 (300X) test train Tōkaidō Shinkansen 11 July 1996
443.0 (275.3) Class 955 (300X) test train Tōkaidō Shinkansen 26 July 1996

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Further reading

  • Hood, Christopher P. (2006). Shinkansen – From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-32052-6 (hb) or ISBN 0415444098.  (pb)

See also

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