Japan Introduces New Series E7 Shinkansen

Japan has introduced a new high-speed train to its extensive Shinkansen network. Operator JR East launched its first dual-system Series E7 Shinkansen trainsets in revenue service yesterday, deploying the first units on “Asama” services between Tokyo and Nagano.

Developed jointly with JR West (which has ordered its own build designated Series W7) and crafted by Kawasaki Heavy Industries with industrial designer Ken Okuyama, the new trainsets have aesthetics based on traditional Japanese motifs. A colour scheme of restrained ivory with a blue roof and nose along with bronze trim represent regional crafts found along the Sea of Japan coast, where the trains will eventually serve.

The interior of the 12 cars is contemporary in design with a Japanese feel, accommodating 18 Gran Class, 63 Green Car and 853 Standard seats. In a first for Japanese high-speed trains, each seat features adjustable headrests and an electrical outlet, while legroom is improved from the current Series E2 trains operating the route.

JR East will progressively replace the Series E2 on the Nagano Shinkansen line as new units are delivered, with the trains planned to run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa following the opening of the extension in March 2015. Running at 260 kilometers per hour, journey times between Tokyo and Kanazawa will be reduced to approximately 2.5 hours.

For more information, visit www.jreast.co.jp.

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