On October 1, 1964, at 06:00 the first scheduled Shinkansen 0 Series train left the Tokyo Station heading for Osaka on the newly established Shinkansen Tokaido Line. This was the beginning of a new era of train travel. At the time The Shinkansen held the world record for the fastest train reaching a top speed of 256km/h (159mph) on March 30th, 1963.
Shinkansen Series 0 revolutionized the design of what was to be a new class of “high-speed” trains. What made the Shinkansen possible was a completely new innovative train system addressing vibrations at high speed, new advanced traffic control systems, dedicated elevated tracks avoiding any road crossings or sharp curves.
The set has 4 cars, two power cars and two passenger cars (intermediate) of which one is a buffet car. The power cars are built on the 23m chassis and support bi-directional lighting. The full train set measures 230mm.
The original Shinkansen train was 12 cars and was later extended to 16 cars at the end of 1969. The prototype for the set is the first “version”, the so called “super express trains” which was the first train set to be put into operations. You can determine that by looking at the size of the windows which are larger and covers two rows of seats. Later they decreased the window size and standardized on one window per row of seats.
The T Gauge Shinkansen 0 Series looks great, the build quality is solid and it looks prototypical and is to scale. In my case, there is a difference in performance at low speed between the two power cars. When I run the full set though the difference is much less visible. I am sure some will feel it’s an issue but that is not something I have a problem with. If you do a prototypical start and stop sequence it performs well, and at scale speed (210Km/h) there are zero issues.
Now all I have to do is build a really cool layout to operate it on and when people complain about running “too fast” it’s actually scale speed.