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300 Series Shinkansen

300 series
JR West 300-3000 series trainset on the Sanyō Shinkansen, October 2008
In service 1992–16 March 2012
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo
Constructed 1990–1998
Scrapped 2007–2012
Number built 1,104 vehicles (69 sets)
Number in service None
Number preserved 2 vehicles
Number scrapped 1,102 vehicles
Formation 16 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers J1–J61, F1–F9
Capacity 1,323 (200 Green + 1,123 Standard)
Depot(s) Tokyo, Hakata
Line(s) served Tokaido Shinkansen, Sanyo Shinkansen
Car body construction Aluminium
Car length 25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars)
26,050 mm (85 ft 6 in) (end cars)
Width 3,380 mm (11 ft 1 in)
Height 4,440 mm (14 ft 7 in)
Doors Two per side
Maximum speed 270 km/h (170 mph)
Traction system 40 x 300 kW (400 hp)
Power output 12 MW (16,000 hp)
Acceleration 1.6 km/(h·s) (0.99 mph/s)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 60 Hz, overhead catenary
Current collection method Pantograph
Safety system(s) ATC-1, ATC-NS
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The 300 series (300系) was a Japanese high-speed Shinkansen train type which operated on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines in Japan between 1992 and 2012. When first introduced, they were used on the fastest Nozomi services, being capable of 270 km/h (170 mph). As more were delivered (66 trains by 1998) they replaced earlier units on Hikari service and allowed the thus displaced 100 series units to finally in turn displace 0 series units on almost all services.

With the introduction of newer 700 series and N700 series equipment, the 300 series sets were gradually demoted to slower Hikari and Kodama services, and were completely withdrawn from Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen services by the start of the revised timetable on 17 March 2012.[1][2]


  • Design 1
  • Variants 2
  • Pre-series 300-9000 series set 3
  • JR Central J sets 4
    • Formation 4.1
    • Interior 4.2
  • JR West F sets (300-3000 series) 5
    • Formation 5.1
    • Interior 5.2
  • History 6
  • Preserved examples 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The front-end styling of these units consisted of a 'curved wedge', replacing the aircraft-style nose-cones of previous Shinkansen trains. The furthest forward point was the very bottom of the pilot. They were painted brilliant white with a medium-thick blue stripe beneath the windows.

They were only formed as sixteen-car sets and had no restaurant cars, though they did originally feature two refreshment counters (later removed).

Technically, they are notable for being the first Shinkansen sets to employ three-phase AC traction motors instead of direct current units, as well as new bolsterless bogies to reduce weight.

The 300 series was awarded the Laurel Prize in May 1993.[1]


  • 300-9000 series: 16-car pre-series set
  • 300-0 series: 16-car "J" sets owned by JR Central, introduced from March 1992
  • 300-3000 series: 16-car "F" sets owned by JR West

Pre-series 300-9000 series set

Prototype set J1 near Hamamatsu Station on a test run, April 2003

The pre-series unit, J0, numbered in the 300-9000 series, was delivered on 8 March 1990, and underwent extensive testing and endurance running before the start of the new Nozomi services in March 1992. In the early hours of 1 March 1991, this set recorded a speed of 325.7 km/h on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Maibara and Kyoto, a Japanese national speed record at the time.

The set was modified to production standards in March 1993, becoming set "J1", but it differed from the production units in a number of ways. Visually, the driving cab had a different windscreen design, different headlight arrangement, and flared side panels over the front bogies. The prototype set was initially fitted with five pantographs, but this was later reduced to two in line with modifications to the production fleet. Limited water tank capacity meant that the unit was not capable of running return trips from Tokyo to Hakata, and was normally restricted to Tokyo to Osaka/Okayama/Hiroshima workings.

From 2001 onwards, this unit was converted for use as a JR Central test train for testing new digital ATC equipment on the Tokaido Shinkansen. It was finally withdrawn in March 2007. All cars except one end car, 322-9001, were cut up.[3]

JR Central J sets

JR Central set J61, February 2011

60 16-car sets (excluding pre-series set J1) operated by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central). These sets were delivered between February 1992 and October 1998.[4]

In December 1998, set J59 was fitted experimentally with new 700 series style single-arm pantographs and fairings to reduce noise and air resistance. Following testing, JR Central subsequently fitted new pantographs to all of its sets, with modifications completed by late 2002.

In October 2004, JR Central announced plans for ride improvement modifications to its 300 series fleet involving the addition of semi-active vibration control units to seven cars out of the total of sixteen in each set (end cars 1 and 16, pantograph cars 6 and 12, and Green cars 8 to 10), and also new non-linear air suspension on all cars in each set. The new secondary suspension offered firmer support against lateral movement. The entire fleet operated by JR Central received the modifications by February 2007.

With the entry into service of new N700 series trains, withdrawals of production 300 series sets began in July 2007 with the withdrawal of set J14.

The remaining fleet of JR Central 300 series sets were removed from regular scheduled services from 1 February 2012,[5] and were completely withdrawn following the final runs on 16 March 2012.[2]


The 16-car J sets were formed as follows, with car 1 at the Hakata end.[6]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Designation Tc M1 Tpw M2 M1w Tp M2k M1s Tps M2s M1h Tp M2w M1 Tpws M2c
Numbering 323 325 329 326 325-500 328 326-400 315 316 319 325-700 328 326-500 325 329-500 322
Seating capacity 65 100 85 100 90 100 75 68 64 68 63 100 90 100 80 75

Cars 6 and 12 each had one single-arm pantograph.


JR West F sets (300-3000 series)

Nine 16-car sets operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West).

These sets were delivered between December 1992 and September 1993.[4]

Withdrawals of the JR West F sets began in July 2011 with the withdrawal of set F5.[7] The last remaining sets were withdrawn by spring 2012 and replaced by nine 700 series "C" sets transferred from JR Central.[1]


The 16-car F sets were formed as follows, with car 1 at the Hakata end.[6]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Designation Tc M1 Tpw M2 M1w Tp M2k M1s Tps M2s M1h Tp M2w M1 Tpws M2c
Numbering 323-3000 325-3000 329-3000 326-3000 325-3500 328-3000 326-3400 315-3000 316-3000 319-3000 325-3700 328-3000 326-3500 325-3000 329-3500 322-3000
Seating capacity 65 100 85 100 90 100 75 68 64 68 63 100 90 100 80 75

Cars 6 and 12 each had one single-arm pantograph.



  • January 1988: Development project commenceed.
  • 8 March 1990: Pre-series 300-9000 series set (J0) was delivered.
  • April 1990: Test running started.
  • October 1990: Speed of 303.1 km/h was recorded during test running.
  • 1 March 1991: Speed of 325.7 km/h was recorded during test running.
  • July 1991: Endurance test running started. (Continued until March 1992.)
  • February 1992: First production set (J2) was delivered.
  • March 1992: Entry into service on Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi services running at a maximum speed of 270 km/h.
  • June 1992: 300-9000 series set was tested on Sanyo Shinkansen.
  • December 1992: First JR West 300-3000 series (F) set was delivered.
  • March 1993: Hourly through Nozomi services were introduced between Tokyo and Hakata.
  • 10 March 1993: Pre-series set J0 was modified to full-production standard and renumbered J1.
  • May 1993: Awarded the Laurel Prize in May 1993.
  • April 1994: Sets from J16 onward delivered with regular sliding doors in place of earlier plug doors.
  • August 1995: Sets from J30 onward delivered with two pantographs in place of the earlier three. Modifications started on earlier sets to reduce number of pantographs to two.
  • March 1996: Maximum speed of Hikari services was raised to 270 km/h.
  • October 1998: 300 series production ended.
  • September 1999: Modifications started (from set J9) to convert pantographs to single-arm type with shrouds resembling 700 series design.
  • December 2001: 300 series removed from regularly scheduled Nozomi services.
  • July 2007: First 300 series set (J14) was withdrawn from service.
  • July 2011: First JR West F set (F5) was withdrawn from service.
  • 16 March 2012: The last remaining sets were withdrawn following their last runs.

Source: [1][4]

Preserved examples

  • 322-9001 (ex-prototype set J1, built 1990 by Hitachi) at the SCMaglev and Railway Park, Nagoya, since March 2011.[8]
  • 323-20 (ex-set J21, built 1993 by Nippon Sharyo) formerly at the SCMaglev and Railway Park, Nagoya, from March 2011, removed in December 2013.[8][9]

See also


  • JR全車輌ハンドブック2006 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006.  
  • Semmens, Peter (1997). High Speed in Japan: Shinkansen - The World's Busiest High-speed Railway. Sheffield, UK: Platform 5 Publishing.  
  1. ^ a b c d 東海道・山陽新幹線から来春300系が引退します [300 series to be withdrawn from Tōkaidō and Sanyō Shinkansen by spring 2012] (PDF). Press release (in Japanese). Japan: Central Japan Railway Company & West Japan Railway Company. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b 100系・300系新幹線が引退 3月のJRダイヤ改定 [100 series & 300 series Shinkansen to be retired in March JR Timetable Changes]. (in Japanese). Japan: The Asahi Shimbun Company. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ プロトタイプの世界 / Prototype World. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbunsha. 2005. pp. 94–95.  
  4. ^ a b c "東海道新幹線各駅停車 車両編".  
  5. ^ "JR東海300系J編成が定期運用から離脱" [JR Central 300 series J sets removed from scheduled services]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b JR電車編成表 2011夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2011]. Japan: JRR. May 2010.  
  7. ^ "JR西日本300系F5編成が浜松工場へ" [JR West 300 series set F5 to Hamamatsu Works]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "「リニア・鉄道館」ファーストガイド" ["SCMaglev and Railway Park" First Guide]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 40 (324): p.20–33. April 2011. 
  9. ^ リニア・鉄道館 700系新幹線電車の展示について [700 series shinkansen exhibit at SCMaglev and Railway Park] (pdf). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Central Japan Railway Company. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 

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