E1 Series Shinkansen

The Shinkansen E1 Series (Japanese新 干线E1系 电车, Shinkansen E1 -kei densha ) is a Japanese high-speed train on the track since 1994 Tōhoku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen from JR East is employed. The series E1 were the first double-decker Shinkansen. Together with the subsequent Shinkansen Series E4 these are also under the brand name Max ( Multi- Amenity eXpress ), which translates as " Express with several amenities " is known.

Originally classified as Class 600, the E1 for the already over-used routes Tohoku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen were used.


Carriage 6 and 10 are equipped with PS201 pantographs.


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The series E1 was the first profitable Shinkansen in a 3 3 seating configuration in the 2nd class. The upper deck of the car 1-4 is also equipped with a 3 3 configuration without adjustable armrests. The lower deck of this car and the car 5-12 are equipped in a 2nd class seating 2 3. In the upper deck of the car 9-11 Green Class takes place in a 2 2 seating space. Overall, the E1 has 1,235 seats.

2nd class upper deck

2nd class upper deck without reservation

2nd class lower deck with reservation

2nd class lower deck without reservation


The first series E1, M1 car was delivered on 3 March 1994 at the depot Sendai. The E1 had at this time the so-called DDS -E1- Logo (DDS stands for double-deck shinkansen ) attached. The first two E1 started on the track Tohoku Shinkansen on 15 July 1994. Purpose, the DDS logos have been removed and replaced by the new Max logos.

On 4 December 1999 on settled every six train units from the depot to depot Sendai and Niigata Shinkansen were used for the route Joetsu.

Between 1 December 2001 and 31 March 2002, all E1 were equipped with the "Alpine Super Express " logo, which was used for an advertising campaign of JR East.

End of 2003 all E1 renovation were subjected to and also got a new paint job.

Since March 18, 2007 all vehicles are listed as Non smoking trains.