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Joetsu Shinkansen Upgrade / E4 Series retirement


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Work began in May on the Joetsu Shinkansen increasing operating speeds from 240km/h to 275km/h.    With this upgrade E7 Shinkansen operate all Joetsu Shinkansen services will replace the double-deck E4 Shinkansen by the end of 2022

 

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/high-speed/jr-east-275km-h-joetsu-shinkansen/

 

https://www.asahi.com/articles/photo/AS20190530000801.html

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If they start assigning the E7 train set between Tokyo and Niigata, it's likely the top speed between Omiya and Takasaki Stations will be limited to 260 km/h.

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E7s already travel Omiya to Takasaki section. And are limited to E4 top speed. So this will increase the top speed for said section.

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Also note that the E2 series currently runs on the Joetsu Shinkansen as well. JR East's plan is to have the complete Joetsu Shinkansen fleet unified to E7 series by 2022, so that means the end for both the E4 and E2 series on this line.

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I don't think this has been posted on JNS already, has it? The E7 Series formations for the Joetsu Shinkansen will receive an alternative livery, albeit being nothing more than just an added pink stripe and alternative logo.

 

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The logo looks interesting though... it's a splash of some sort?  The pink line grows on me... interesting ~

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5 hours ago, JR 500系 said:

The logo looks interesting though... it's a splash of some sort?  The pink line grows on me... interesting ~

The logo looks like it is based off the feathers of the crested ibis, which is what the Toki is named after. But I am not entirely sure though...

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JR East has released a short, but sweet, CM as part of the last run campaign for the E4 series:

 

 

With the March 2021 timetable revision, the number of E4 services has decreased to a point at which they need only about 7 formations to keep everything running smoothly.

 

As mentioned in the article posted by @Yavianice, those 7 formations, which are intended to remain in service until the very end, are to receive the mentioned commemorative wrapping.

As of the beginning of this month, this process has apparently been completed, with the following formations receiving the wrapping:

 

- P11~P14

- P17

- P52

- P82

 

Not surprisingly, the two formations which went through another general inspection (life extension as a result of the typhoon 19 mess), formations P17 and P52 are part of the group which will likely soldier on until the very end.

 

This means the following formations will likely be retired sometime in the near future:

 

- P20~P22

 

Since the beginning of 2021 the following 3 formations have been retired and scrapped:

 

- P18, in February

- P19 In March

- P81 (the second to last E4 series formation to be completed in 2003), also in March.

 

 

Formation P81 near the end of its final journey. Note the lack of headrest covers, this is usually done when a train is (administratively) scrapped.

 

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18 hours ago, 200系 said:

 

 

 

Formation P81 near the end of its final journey. Note the lack of headrest covers, this is usually done when a train is (administratively) scrapped.

 

 

Do you mean on by pausing the video at 1:20? Wow! That's some attention to detail. 

 

I'm really impressed by this gesture. I love the sense of ceremony. 

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