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N Scale - Kato - 10-397 - Series 700 Shinkansen `Nozomi` - JR Central/JR West

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N Scale - Kato - 10-397 - Series 700 Shinkansen `Nozomi`  - JR Central/JR West Image courtesy of KATO / Hobby Search

Stock Number 10-397
Original Retail Price 16290¥
Brand Kato
Manufacturer Kato
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kato Japanese Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
Prototype Description Series 700 Shinkansen `Nozomi`
Road or Company Name JR Central/JR West (Details)
Reporting Marks JR 700
Paint Color(s) White,Blue
Print Color(s) Blue
Paint Scheme Nozomi
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 8
Multipack ID Number 10-397
Series Name Nozomi
DCC Readiness Friendly
Release Date 1999-12-19
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype Shinkansen
Scale 1/160
EAN/JAN/GTIN13 Number 4949727513539

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Specific Item Information:
8 (eight) car set with 1 (one) Motorized car.
The 700 series is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type built between 1997 and 2006, and entering service in 1999. Originally designated as "N300" during the development phase, they formed the next generation of shinkansen vehicles jointly designed by JR Central and JR-West for use on both Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines.
[ Additional Items ]
(10-398) Series 700 Shinkansen `Nozomi` (Add-on 8-Car Set)
[ Optional Parts ]
11-211 LED Interior Lighting Kit, Ver.2 (DCC Optional: FR11) (1ea)
11-212 LED Interior Lighting Kit, Ver.2 (DCC Optional: FR11) (6ea)
11-213 LED Interior Lighting Kit, Ver.2 (Indirect Lighting Type) (DCC Optional: FR11) (1ea)
11-214 LED Interior Lighting Kit, Ver.2 (Indirect Lighting Type) (DCC Optional: FR11) (6ea)
11-204 New Interior Light Kit (Including 1 Set)
11-209 Interior Light Kit with White LED (Including 1 Set)
11-206 New Interior Light Kit (Including 6 Set)
11-210 Interior Light Kit with White LED (Including 6 Set)
[ Optional Parts (For advanced users) ]
TL1 Single DCC Function Decoder (Control for Head Light, Tail Light, Interior Light etc.) (1pc.)
DZ126 Decoder (for Motor Car) (1pc.)

Prototype Description:
The 700 series is characterized by its flat 'duck-bill' nose designed to reduce the piston effect as the trains enter tunnels. 16-car units are painted white with blue stripes beneath the windows, and are used for Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama services on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines, while 8-car units used for the Sanyo Shinkansen Hikari Rail Star services have a darker livery (grey with black window areas and a yellow stripe beneath the windows) which also acts to visually deemphasize the units' nose area, resulting in a more streamlined impression.

As with the 500 series trains, yaw dampers are fitted between vehicles, and all cars feature semi-active suspension to ensure smooth ride characteristics at high speed. Compared with the small fleet of high-performance, high-cost 500 series trains built for JR-West, these trains were designed to give improved ride comfort and interior ambience over the earlier 300 series trains at a lower cost than the 500 series trains. The cost of a 16-car 700 series unit is approximately 4 billion yen compared with around 5 billion yen for a 16-car 500 series train.
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Road Name History:
JR East was incorporated on 1 April 1987 after being spun off from the government-run Japanese National Railways (JNR). The spin-off was nominally "privatization", as the company was actually a wholly owned subsidiary of the government-owned JNR Settlement Corporation for several years, and was not completely sold to the public until 2002.

Following the breakup, JR East ran the operations on former JNR lines in the Greater Tokyo Area, the Tohoku region, and surrounding areas. Its railway lines primarily serve Kanto and Tohoku regions, along with adjacent areas in Koshin'etsu region (Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi) and Shizuoka prefectures.

The Central Japan Railway Company (東海旅客鉄道株式会社 Tōkai Ryokaku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is the main railway company operating in the Chūbu (Nagoya) region of central Japan. It is officially abbreviated in English as JR Central and in Japanese as JR Tōkai (JR東海). Its headquarters are located in the JR Central Towers in Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. The company's operational hub is Nagoya Station. The busiest railway line it operates is the Tōkaidō Main Line between Atami Station and Maibara Station. JR Central also operates the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Tokyo Station and Shin-Ōsaka Station. Additionally it is responsible for the Chūō Shinkansen?a proposed maglev service between Tokyo Station (or Shinagawa Station) and Ōsaka Station (or Shin-Ōsaka Station), of which a short demonstration section has been built. Currently, the company is conducting demonstrations of its shinkansen to railway officials from different countries in the effort to market bullet train technology overseas.

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JR Central is Japan's most profitable and highest throughput high-speed-rail operator, carrying 138 million high-speed-rail passengers in 2009, considerably more than the world's largest airline. Japan recorded a total of 289 million high-speed-rail passengers in 2009.

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Brand/Importer Information:
Kato Precision Railroad Models (関水金属株式会社 Sekisui Kinzoku Kabushikigaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of model railroad equipment in N and HO scales. The Tokyo-based company manufactures models based on Japanese prototypes (such as the Shinkansen bullet train) for the Japanese market, North American prototypes for the North American market and European high-speed trains for European market.

The design and distribution of models for the North American market are handled by their U.S. subsidiary, Kato USA, located in Schaumburg, Illinois.
The design and distribution of models for the European market are handled by their partner, Lemke, located in Germany
The Kato (pronounced kah-toe) model railroad companies were founded by Yuji Kato, father of current president Hiroshi Kato, of the parent company Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd.

Item created by: Mokei Tetsu on 2017-09-18 09:29:09. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-20 19:54:56

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