300 Series Shinkansen

The Shinkansen 300 series (Japanese新 干线300系 电车, Shinkansen 300 -kei densha ) is a Japanese bullet train, the Shinkansen is used by JR Central since 1992 on the track Tōkaidō and Sanyo. The 300 series replaced the Shinkansen 100 Series and the Shinkansen Series 0 The trains will go to end of March 2012 out of service.


The shape of these units is reminiscent of a curved wedge at the front. The new "nose" thus replaced the missile Similar Front older series. The vehicles are all painted brilliant white with a thick blue stripe below the windows.

The vehicles consist exclusively of 16 cars. Instead of dining car, two cars were equipped with snack bars that were later to create more seats, removed.

The 300 series were the first Shinkansen, which were instead more motors equipped ( one for each axis ) with only three traction motors.


JR Central J Series

60 trains of 16 wagons ( Yard No. J1- J61 ) operated by JR Central. The units were delivered in the period from February 1992 to October 1998.

In December 1998, the hull number J59 was fitted for tests with new pantographs of the Shinkansen series 700. After the trial, until the end of 2002, all yard numbers were modified with these pantographs.

With the introduction of the Shinkansen series 700, the first 300 - series were retired in July 2007.

The 300 series will be completely phased out according to the current plan until March 2012 [ Alt 1 ].

JR West Series 300-3000 F series

9 trains of 16 wagons ( Yard No. F1 -F9 ) operated by JR West on the track San'yo Shinkansen.

The units were delivered in the period from December 1992 to September 1993.

Preproduction 300-9000

The pre-series J0, also called 300-9000 series, completed on 8 March 1990, the first test drive and was subjected to numerous tests before in March 1992, the series -300 series gained maturity. On the morning of March 1 1991, the J0 achieved a record speed of 325.7 km / h on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Maibara and Kyoto. At that time, this was speed record of a railway vehicle in Japan.

In March, the J0 was modified and passed with the new hull number J1 on the JR Central. The J1 is different to the succession number with a modified windscreen, otherwise mounted spotlight and other side panels at the front. Furthermore, the J1 also equipped with five pantographs (all other types with two). Due to limited water tanks, the J1 could be just the route Toyko - Hakata sail, before she had to refill the tank. The other yard numbers overcame the return trip without a refill, so the J1 mainly was only used on the routes Tokyo to Osaka / Okayama / Hiroshima.

As of 2001, the J1 was used as a test train for JR Central to new digital ATC equipment to test on the Tokaido Shinkansen. The J1 was retired in March 2007.


JR Central ( J series) Green class


  • January 1988: The project -300 series starts.
  • March 8, 1990: Production of the series 300-9000 ( hull number J0 ) is completed.
  • April 1990: start test drives.
  • October 1990: speed record of 303.1 km / h during test drives.
  • March 1, 1991: speed record of 325.7 km / h during test drives.
  • July 1991: A long-term test to March 1992 start.
  • February 1992: The first series -produced in hull number (J2) is provided.
  • March 1992: On the Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi the first series -300 is used with a top speed of 270 km / h.
  • June 1992: The serial 300-9000 ( J0 ) is tested on the Sanyo Shinkansen.
  • December 1992: The first F-series (series 300-3000 ) is supplied.
  • March 1993: The scheduled traffic on the route Toyko - Hakata is taken.
  • March 10, 1993: The J0 is converted to J1.
  • April 1994: From Yard No. J16 sliding doors are installed.
  • August 1995: From the hull number J30 2 pantographs instead of 3 can be installed.
  • March 1996: The speed limit on the Hikari is raised to 270 km / h.
  • October 1998: The production of the series -300 is terminated.
  • September 1999: From the hull number J9 trains are converted to pantograph.
  • December 2001: The Series -300 is replaced by newer series on the Nozomi route.
  • July 2007: The first series -300 J14 is rejected.

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Specimens received

  • 322-9001 (Ex - Prototype J1) in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture