E2 Series Shinkansen

The Shinkansen Series E2 (Japanese新 干线E2系 电车, Shinkansen E2 -kei densha ) is a Japanese high-speed train, which was built between 1995 and 2005 and on the track Tohoku and Nagano Shinkansen is employed. The vehicles can be clamped with 8 or 10 cars. The 8-car trains will be deployed on the Nagano Shinkansen and the 10 -car trains on the Tohoku Shinkansen. The 10 - car trains can also be coupled with the Shinkansen Series E3.

The maximum speed of E2 is 275 km / h, however, is driven on the Nagano Shinkansen only 260 km / h.

  • 2.1 Nagano Shinkansen
  • 2.2 Tōhoku Shinkansen
  • Joetsu Shinkansen 3.1


8 -car N- series

The fleet of 13 N- Series was designed for the new Asama - route on the Nagano Shinkansen. The first units were delivered between March 1997 and September 1997. These trains are designed for both 50 Hz and 60 Hz.

Carriage 4 and 6 are equipped with PS205 pantographs.


10 -car J- series ( E2 ' series)

The J- series was designed to be used for the opening of the new Akita Shinkansen in traction with the E3 series between Tokyo and Morioka. The end cars towards Morioka also boast a clutch behind an automatically openable front hatch. The sets J-series consisted initially of eight cars.

Like the N series are those cars equipped for both 50 Hz and 60 Hz and were also used for the Nagano Shinkansen, before the series was extended to ten cars. Four J- series were built in October / November 1998 in the Joetsu Shinkansen. Between September and December 2002, all J- series were (except J1) of eight extended to ten cars. The original red stripes on the side was replaced with a magenta.

Carriage 4 and 6 are equipped with PS205 pantographs.


10 -car E2 -1000 Series

The prototype of the E2 -1000 - sub-series ( unit J51 ) was transferred in December 2000 as an 8- car set at the depot in Sendai and adopted after a trial period in the regular service in November 2001. Unit J52 has already been adopted as a 10 - car set and used from July 2002 to December 2002 on the Tōhoku Shinkansen. A total of 14 units were handed over on schedule by 2005. The trains of the E2 -1000 series replaced gradually since December 2002, the old age Come Shinkansen 200 series of JR East on the new Hayate connection of the Tōhoku Shinkansen.

In the E2 -1000 series several design improvements have been made compared to the previous series. The largest change was made to the windows. The small windows (which in each row of seats were ) gave way to wide, the E4 series trains similar windows. A new pantographs, reminiscent in shape to an airfoil, was used to reduce the noise. The pre-series J51 was equipped with automatic couplers at both ends. Further new doors have been used for those units. During the J51 still as previous E2 series trains were delivered in the old color scheme, the units, the new paint got from J52 already with a purple stripe.

Carriage 4 and 6 are equipped with PS207 pantographs.


Currently in operation on the following routes

Nagano Shinkansen

  • Asama

Tohoku Shinkansen

  • Hayate
  • Yamabiko
  • Nasuno

No longer in use on the following routes

Joetsu Shinkansen

  • Asahi
  • Toki


2 3 seat configuration in 2nd class with a seat pitch of 960 mm and 2 2 seat configuration in Green Class with a seat pitch of 1160 mm.

Test runs

A train of E2 -1000 series ( J56 ) broke in April 2003, the speed record (as a properties under regular use Shinkansen, ie no test train ) in high-speed testing on the track at the Joetsu Shinkansen Urasa - Niigata, reaching 362 km / h


China ordered several 250 km / h fast E2 -1000 units, which have been renamed to CRH2. Thus, the E2 is the second exported Shinkansen to the 700T series. China ordered 60 pieces, the first three units were in Japan during the period 2001-2003, an additional 6 units were prefabricated in Japan and assembled by Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock in China. The remaining 51 units were built directly from Sifang in China.

Also, a joint venture program for another 140 trains planned.