From Japan, the Shinkansen bullet train. The power of the bullet - Nintendo.

Personality Edit

Hashamoto is, on pure speed alone, the fastest of all the engines, however his abilities tend to make him rash and less tactically-minded than other engines. This means he is easily pushed into over-extending himself and crashing out of control.


In the original London story, Hashamoto raced with C.B. in heat 1, but once the brake truck was cut in the 1992 revamp, he raced with Krupp.

In most productions he races with Volta, in Heat 1. However through the drama of the race, Caboose pushes her aside, and steals her place. Hashamoto continues the race with Caboose, but the brake truck fails to slow him down in time for a crucial turn just before the end of the race, causing Hashamoto to crash spectacularly.

The recent tours using the 3D footage partner Nintendo with Buffy.

Alternative Names Edit

Since the 1992 re-vamp he's been known as Nintendo in all English language productions, whereas in Germany he kept the original name Hashamoto. In Japan and Australia, however, there were two Shinkansen engines - one called Hashimoto and the other was Nakamura (in 1987) or Yamamoto (in 1990).

In John Napier's original designs, the Japanese engine is labelled as "Yoshimoto".


Hashamoto Design 2
Hashamoto Design 1

Original Design, 1984

In London, all the Nationals wore similar costumes of coloured stripes and boxes painted with allusions to their real-world engines, but far from direct models. The feeling was of a set of toy engines Control has carefully painted to represent the different countries. Hashamoto was yellow and white stripes, with the Japanese flag on his chest and back.

The Broadway transfer saw a major overhaul in the Engine's costumes, with significantly more budget and the goal to make them bigger and more impressive. Hashamoto developed more of the aerodynamic curves of the Bullet Train. The Broadway costumes went on to be used for the US tour and Las Vegas productions. Once the show went to Germany and the Japan/Australia tours, he was re-coloured from yellow to blue.

When the 3D races were being filmed for the 2003 US Tour, the production company used old blue German costumes that could be broken down for the filming. This brought the US tour costumes in line with the German as the costumes onstage had to match the ones on film.

Gallery Edit

Photo gallery

Cast Edit

London Edit

Japan/Australia Tours Edit



Broadway: Edit

US Tour 1989 - Glenn Shiroma

Las Vegas -

US Tour 2003 -

UK Tour 2004 - 2008 -

New Zealand Tour 2009 - Clayton Curnow

UK Tour 2012 - Nick Bower

Bochum Edit


While Control describes Hashamoto as one of the "champion engines of the world," bullet trains are technically Electric-Multiple Units (EMU's) , meaning they are powered by "self-propelled carriages" rather than a locomotive.

When the show opened in 1984, there were two models of Shinkansen that Hashamoto could have been designed after: the 0 series, capable of 140 mph, and the 200 series, which could reach speeds between 130 mph to 171 mph, depending on the built date.

"Hashamoto" is actually a misspelling of an actual Japanese surname. The Australia/Japan Tour changed it to the proper spelling "Hashimoto."

"Yamamoto" (the second Shinkansen from the 2nd Japan Tour) also uses a Japanese surname.

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