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500 series
JRW-500-nozomi.jpg
16-car 500 series on Nozomi service, May 2008
In service 1997–present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Replaced 0 series
Constructed 1995–1998
Refurbishment 2008-2010
Number built 144 vehicles (9 sets)
Number in service 64 vehicles (8 sets)
Number scrapped 70 vehicles
Formation 8 (formerly 16) cars per trainset
Fleet numbers V2–V9
Capacity 16-car W set: 1,324 (200 Green + 1,124 Standard)
8-car V set: 608
Operator(s) JR West
Depot(s) Hakata
Line(s) served Sanyō Shinkansen, Hakata-Minami Line
Specifications
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Car length 25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars), 27,000 mm (88 ft 7 in) (end cars)
Width 3,380 mm (11 ft 1 in)
Height 3,690 mm (12 ft 1 in)
Maximum speed W set: 300 km/h (186 mph) (Sanyō)
V set: 285 km/h (177 mph)
Design speed: 320 km/h (199 mph)
Traction system (AC) WMT204 64 x 285 kW (382 hp) (set W1)/275 kW (369 hp) (set W2 onward)
Power output 18.24 MW (24,460 hp) (set W1), 17.60 MW (23,600 hp) (set W2 onward)
Acceleration

1.6 km/h/s


1.92 km/h/s (High acceleration mode)
Deceleration 2.7 km/h/s
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 60 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection method W set: "T"-style current collector
V set: Pantograph
Safety system(s) ATC-1, ATC-NS
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)

The 500 Series Shinkansen is a high-speed train in Japan. They run on the Shinkansen lines. They were retired from the primary Nozomi service in 2010. They now run the all-stations Kodama service between Shin-Osaka and Hakata.

All 500 Series have 16 cars. Each train cost about 5 billion yen. Only nine were built.


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