Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Third Anniversary of Tokyo Railway Labyrinth

EMU JR East E3-1000 series stands at Tokyo Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen
Tokyo Railway Labyrinth had its third anniversary this month. I thank all my blog readers for visiting this website over the last three years.

When I started the blog, I was stationed in Jakarta, Indonesia. At that time, my home country, Japan was facing difficulties, including tsunami and nuclear power plant disasters that followed a giant earthquake. Putting out the information on the Japanese railways was one of my supports to the home country, since most of the railways and trains were saved by the earthquake resistant construction and safety system.

In commemoration of the third anniversary of Tokyo Railway Labyrinth, I am going to show you a train with the number "3" in the name... the EMU E"3"-1000 series.

The EMU JR East E3-1000 series is the Tohoku and Yamagata Shinkansen train. Along with the Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen is a kind of "mini-shinkansen", which is not built the same as the standard full-sized shinkansen. It was originally constructed as a conventional line with narrow gauge (1067mm); however, the gauge was later changed to the standard gauge (1435mm). The EMU E3-1000 series can enter the mini-shinkansen directly from standard shinkansen lines.

The only difference between full and mini shinkansens is the size of train bodies. For example, the length of a full-sized shinkansen body is 25m, while the length of the mini-shinkansen is only 20m.

The E3-1000 series is very comfortable with a maximum speed of 275km/h.

Side view of the EMU JR East E3-1000 series,super express "Tsubasa (wing)"
More information about the EMU E3-1000 series:
More information about the EMU E3-1000 series (in Japanese):