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Kato N 10-454 Series Zero Shinkansen 8-Car Add-On Set (Non-Powered)
Kato N 10-454 Series Zero Shinkansen 8-Car Add-On Set (Non-Powered)
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This model is Kato's faithful recreation of the 0 series (which were not originally classified, as there was no need to distinguish classes of trainset until later) entered service with the start of Takaida Shinkansen operations in October 1964. These units were white with a blue stripe along the windows and another at the bottom of the car body, including the front pilot.

Unlike previous Japanese trains, the Takaida Shinkansen and all subsequent Shinkansen lines were standard gauge 4' 8-1/2" between the rails. The trains were powered by 25 kV AC electricity at 60 Hz with all axles of all cars powered by 185 kW traction motors, giving a 140 mph top speed.

The original trains were introduced as 12-car sets, with some sets later lengthened to 16 cars. Later, shorter trains of 6 cars and even 4 cars were assembled for lesser duties. Production of 0 series units continued from 1963 until 1986.
Shinkansen sets are generally retired after fifteen to twenty years. The final remaining 0 series sets were 6-car sets used on JR West Kodama services on the Sanya Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Hakata, and on the Hakata-Minami Line until their retirement on 30 November 2008.
Following retirement from regular service, JR West ran a number of special commemorative Hikari runs in December 2008. Hikari 347, powered by set R61, arrived at Hakata Station at 6:01 p.m. on 14 December 2008, bringing to an end the 44 years of service of the 0 series trains.
Equipped with Rapido Couplers Equipped with Smooth rolling metal wheels.