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E5 "Hayabusa" Shinkansen

Prototype Information:

The newest train in JR East’s Shinkansen fleet is the E5 “Hayabusa” (meaning “Falcon”), and is the fastest production Shinkansen train to ever operate in Japan at an operational speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). The E5 operates between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori, and travels up the eastern coast of Japan to the northern tip of Honshu, the largest of the four islands of Japan.The newest train in JR East’s Shinkansen fleet is the E5 “Hayabusa” (meaning “Falcon”), and is the fastest production Shinkansen train to ever operate in Japan at an operational speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). The E5 operates between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori, and travels up the eastern coast of Japan to the northern tip of Honshu, the largest of the four islands of Japan.

The E5 features an recessed coupler system that can be deployed (similar to that of the E3 "Komachi" and E4 MAX), allowing it to link up with other E series shinkansen trains for prototypical combined consists. You can see an example of an E3 combined with an E5 at this Youtube Link: CLICK HERE.

Additional photos, features, and information can be found on the Japanese product page for this train, HERE

An official advertisement showing off the sleek appearance and features of the E5 "Hayabusa" produced by JR East can be seen on youtube at the following link, HERE

Kato USA will be importing a limited quantity of these sets for distribution in the United States in May 2011. Please contact your local hobby store to reserve your sets today!

Model Features:

  • Equipped with a pendulum system which inclines the model train when it runs on a curve just like its prototype.
  • Tigh-lock diaphragms and car-to-car couplings keep a prototypical smoothly connected appearance without sacrificing turning radius (minimum radius is 315mm or 12 3/8").
  • Operational head and tail lights with Kato's flywheel drive on the powered cars.
  • Streamlined nose can be opened to deploy couplers to allow the E5 to combine with E2, E3, and E4 MAX Shinkansen trains. Click here to see this system being used on the E4

Release and Pricing Information :

10-857 N E5 "Hayabusa" Shinkansen - 3-Car Powered Set
$155.00
10-858 N E5 "Hayabusa" Shinkansen - 3-Car add-on Set A
   Requires the Base set to operate
$92.00
10-859 N E5 "Hayabusa" Shinkansen - 4-Car add-on Set B
   Requires the Base set to operate
$105.00
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