E6 Series Shinkansen

The Shinkansen series E6 (Japanese新 干线E6系 电车, Shinkansen E6 -kei densha ) is a Japanese high speed train operator JR East, which has been in operation since 16 March 2013. The E6 Series is based on the test train FASTECH 360Z and has been used since March 2013 for the Komachi "Mini Shinkansen " on the Akita Shinkansen. The E6 series, replacing the traits of the series E3.


Like the E5 series, the series is E6 emerged from the test train FASTECH 360. Between 2006 and 2008, the S10 set, from which the E6 series emerged was tested comprehensively. In June 2010, the first pre-production ( set S12) was delivered by the manufacturer and tested by the end of 2012. The first of the 23 vehicles ordered series was delivered on 22 November 2012. The first commercial use of the E6 series took place on March 16, 2013 as a super Komachi connection, which will be in March 2014 [ deprecated] the maximum speed to 300 km / h limited. By increasing the speed over the range E3 (275 km / h), the travel time between Tokyo and Akita by 10 to 15 minutes could be shorter.


In contrast to externally very similar series E5, which is only used in the Shinkansen network, the series must E6 also operate on conventional railway lines in northern Japan. As a "mini- Shinkansen " is it used on the Tohoku Shinkansen in traction with the E5 series and therefore has a maximum speed of up to 320 km / h can afford. On the other hand, the trains are operated to Akita on conventional lines where particular demands are placed on the turning behavior. For this reason, the E6 series is equipped with tilting technology which allows curves in a tilt of the car by up to 1.5 degrees.

Like earlier series E5, the brake system of the E6 series from the German manufacturer Knorr -Bremse is delivered.

As its sister series E5 - - To in control mode to 320 km / h drive, the E6 series has been developed for maximum streamlining back. This explains the striking, 13 -meter-long nose of the end car whose design is intended to counteract the particular tunnel bang. At 13 meters, the nose of the E6 series is seven meters longer than that of the use today of series E3. Therefore, the series has over 7 E6 cars to come to the same capacity as the E3 series with 6 cars.

Car sequence

The series vehicles consists of the following cars:

The carriage 11 to 14 of the pre-production vehicle built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, carriage 15 to 17 of Hitachi HI.

E628 -1 ( car No. 12)

E625 -1 ( car No. 13)

E625 -101 ( car No. 14)

E627 -1 ( car No. 15)

E629 -1 ( car No. 16)

E621 -1 ( car No. 17)

The series vehicles from No. Z2 are compiled from the following cars:


The design of the E6 series was designed by Japanese industrial designer Ken Okuyama, and to evoke the images typical of the Akita Prefecture Namahage daemons and the lanterns of the Kanto festival. In the outer coloring the color " Hiun " dominated (Japanese飞云), a white, which is interrupted by a silver-colored trim in the longitudinal direction. The front and roof of the vehicle is decorated in red.

For the interior design of many new features were taken from the series E5. So there is an outlet for all the seats as well as security cameras in each door area. Both in the " normal class", as well as in the "green class" there is a 2 2 seating. The pitch is 1.160 mm in the "green class" and 980 mm in the " normal class" and is thus identical as for the series E3.


As of 21 December 2013 trains have been delivered, including pre-production.