Super Express “NOZOMI”~Train marks~JR tokai & JR west japan


A brief explanation of the Nozomi bullet train

◆The Shinkansen Nozomi, which was set up above the Hikari train in 1992 as the highest- class train on the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen between Tokyo and Hakata , and initially started operating with a new 300 series.

N700 series A type modified car logo mark

N700 series A type modified car logo mark

At the beginning of the setting, it became a hot topic as a non-stop limited express that passes through many of the major cities and even Nagoya, which has the headquarters of JR Tokai. While the Sanyo Shinkansen section reached 300km/h, the maximum speed inside the Tokaido Shinkansen has been deferred at 270km/h, but the time has been shortened while the number of stations has increased as the performance of vehicles has increased. Has been planned.

Finally, it was improved to 285km/h in the revision on March 14, 2015. However, the time savings are only minutes. The current main form is the N700 series, and the A type is expanding its influence. It has the same class setting as the Sanyo Kyushu Direct Shinkansen Mizuho-go, which was newly set in 2011 .

◆Shinkansen Nozomi train mark

N700S debut! ~From July 1st, 2020・From Tokyo Station No.1 and 2 trains~

N700S Shinkansen logo mark

N700S Shinkansen logo mark

The debut plan for the Tokyo Olympic Games, which was scheduled to be held in the summer of 2020, will be carried out as it is, and the date is July 1. It was not announced in advance which trains would be used, but it was a surprising start for Nozomi No. 1 and Nozomi 3 lined up at Tokyo Station platforms 14 and 15.

The obi part will be the same as it used to be, but the color image of the logo will change from blue to gold. The letter “S”, which is designed to be diagonally large, is said to be conscious of the silhouette of the N700S vehicle.

The logo seems to be affixed to the odd numbered cars, so if you want to see it up close, check the odd numbered cars beforehand. By the way, I wrote that the obi is the same as before, but you can actually see a little workmanship on both ends.

700 family

N700 series logo mark

N700 series logo mark

As with conventional lines, the number of body signs on the Shinkansen is increasing, with many elaborate designs using shadow letters and gradations. Perhaps due to that result, even general people who are not so interested in railways often see what they call by model name such as “N700 series” or “0 series”. I wonder if the “moe” element is packed into the playfulness of JR Tokai, which does not increase its color variations to the point that it is stiff.

N700A Shinkansen logo mark

N700A Shinkansen logo mark


N700A series made by further improving the N700 series. The logo mark is also based on the N700 series, but the letter “A” is greatly emphasized so that it can be clearly distinguished by anyone’s eyes. As with the N700 logo mark, I think that the design has a beautiful gradation and a well-balanced shine, making it hard to fade for a long time.

It is said that this vehicle is not a speed-up by increasing the maximum speed, but a speed-up in the sense that it shows the best performance for each driving situation. In other words, the maximum speed is the same as before, but the “capability to catch up with the delay” is dramatically improved.

Series 700 Shinkansen/JR West logo mark

Series 700 Shinkansen/JR West logo mark

The 700 series has been completely treated as “former/main generation”. This simple logo belongs to JR West. This type is found in the 16-car formation called B formation. As of the end of 2019, only the remaining three formations are said to be active.

Even after the timetable revision in the spring of 2020 when the C train belonging to JR Tokai will be retired, he will show his last activity in the Sanyo Shinkansen section.

Series 700 Shinkansen/JR Tokai logo mark

Series 700 Shinkansen/JR Tokai logo mark

Another 700 series logo mark. This mark is often thought to be JR Tokai, but it was used in both JR Tokai and JR West. B formation used both the simple type above.

The train organization is drawn as if it were covered with the letters “700”, but it continued from this mark to the N700A, and this concept continued to entertain the eyes of those who saw it. It could be said that it was a considerable challenge considering that the 300 series up to that point did not even seem like Mark at all.

March 8th, 2020 was scheduled to be the last run, but due to the influence of the coronavirus epidemic, the last run event was canceled, and the last operation was on March 1st. The decision was made on March 2nd, the day after the final service day, and it was quietly leaving quietly.

300 series

300 series last run logo mark

300 series last run logo mark

The 300 series has become a new nickname “Nozomi” image leader, and it is a vehicle that left a very big achievement in that it created the era. At the same time, it can be said that the dining car was a symbol of the new era of the Shinkansen in that it was not designed from the beginning.
The 300 series also retired in 2012, and just before that, the bright blue belt was decorated. A similar example can be seen in the 700 Series C formation, which will retire in March 2020.

500 series

JR West Japan Series 500 Shinkansen Logo

JR West Japan Series 500 Shinkansen Logo

The 500 series is a special vehicle that started commercial operation at 300 km / h for the first time in Japan, but the cross-sectional structure close to a circle has many demerits in habitability of window seats, and it ended as a short-lived Nozomi. Currently, he is playing an active role as a Kodama issue . Currently, the previous 16 cars have been shortened to 8 cars and are running only within the Sanyo Shinkansen section. It also gained popularity in projects such as Kansenja wrapping and Plarail cars.

◆ Shinkansen Nozomi image collection

Shinkansen Nozomi 1 Shinkansen Nozomi No. 4
-N700 series and N700A are currently active as Nozomi. I hadn’t imagined that up to the 700 series would start operating in the lower ranks in an instant, but some have already been scrapped, and it is expected that most of them will be unified into the N700 series within a few years. -The 300 series, which was the first Nozomi No. vehicle, was completely retired from the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen by Last Run on March 16, 2012, and was all scrapped. The 500 series may have been the best Shinkansen in the cool sense, as some people say there is no better design than it looks. Its popularity can be seen in the appearance of the “Kansenger” character, which imitates the 500 series. On the other hand, the circular cross section of the vehicle significantly impaired the habitability of seats on the window side, and was unpopular with users. It was too early to retire from Nozomi.
Shinkansen Nozomi 3

◆ Shinkansen Nozomi data file

[Appeared at the time: 1992 March 14, 2008 –
● operation section: Tokyo and Shin-Osaka (2 hours and 30 minutes) operation number: two round trips used vehicle: 300 system
, * the beginning, since it has passed through the Nagoya as “skip headquarters” Was called.

[Revised on March 18, 1993] ・Started operation on the Sanyo Shinkansen. Operate one train every hour. The time required is from Tokyo to Hakata (5 hours 4 minutes) and Shin-Osaka to Hakata (2 hours 32 minutes).

[Revised on March 22, 1997] One round trip between Shin-Osaka and Hakata started operation of the 500 series (2 hours 17 minutes). For the first time in Japan, it started commercial operation at 300 km/h .

[Revised on November 29 of the same year] The 500 series has started to operate on the Tokaido Shinkansen. Tokyo-Hakata (4 hours 49 minutes).

[Revised on March 13, 1999] 700 series started operation. ・Tokyo-Shin-Osaka (2 hours 30 minutes), Shin-Osaka-Hakata (2 hours 25 minutes), Tokyo-Hakata (4 hours 57 minutes).

[Revised on July 1, 2007] N700 series started operation.

[Revised on March 15, 2008] Completely unified stopping patterns within the Tokaido Shinkansen. Tokyo-Shin Osaka (2 hours 33 minutes).

[Revised on March 14, 2009] The maximum number of trains per hour has been increased to “9 on the Tokaido section” and “5 on the Tokaido/Sanyo direct line”.

[February 28, 2010] The regular 500 series Nozomi issue has ended.

[Revised on March 13, the same year] All regular Nozomi trains that go directly to the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen are integrated into the N700 series.

[Revised March 12, 2011] All non-reserved seats are now non-smoking. The regular Nozomi issue only in Sanyo disappeared. At the same time, the regular Nozomi trains that run in the Sanyo section are all trains N700 series.Shinkansen Nozomi No. 2

[March 16, 2012] The final train operation for the 300 series. All regular Nozomi will be N700 series.

[Revised on March 14, 2015] The maximum operating speed will be increased to 285 km/h even on the Tokaido Shinkansen section.

[March 1, 2020] 700 series last run on the Tokaido Shinkansen. (Due to the event cancellation on 3/8)