Azusa (train)

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Super Azusa
Azusa
E351 Super Azusa 20100119.jpg
E351 series Super Azusa EMU, January 2010
Overview
Service type Limited express
First service 1957 (Semi express)
1966 (Limited express)
Current operator(s) JR East
Route
Line used Chūō Main Line, Shinonoi Line
Technical
Rolling stock E351 series (Super Azusa)
E257 series EMUs
Operating speed 130 km/h (80 mph)[1]

The Azusa (あずさ?) and Super Azusa (スーパーあずさ?) are limited express services operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), which run between Shinjuku and Matsumoto via the Chūō Main Line and Shinonoi Line.

The name Azusa is taken from the Azusa River in Matsumoto, Nagano.

Route[edit]

Azusa[edit]

Shinjuku - Matsumoto - Minami-Otari
(One train a day starts/terminates at Chiba)

Super Azusa[edit]

Shinjuku - Matsumoto

Formations[edit]

Azusa[edit]

←Shinjuku/Chiba Matsumoto/Minamiotari→
1 2 - 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Reserved Reserved - Non-reserved Non-reserved Non-reserved Reserved Reserved Re Grn Reserved Reserved Reserved

Super Azusa[edit]

←Shinjuku   Matsumoto/Hakuba→
1
Reserved
2

Reserved

3
Non-reserved
4
Non-reserved
- 5
Non-reserved
6
Non-reserved
7

Reserved

8

Reserved

9
Green
10

Reserved

11

Reserved

12

Reserved

Rolling stock[edit]

  • E351 series EMUs (Super Azusa, since 1993)
  • E257 series EMUs (since 2001)
  • 189 series EMUs (since 1975, now used for seasonal additional services only)
  • 183 series EMUs (since 1972, now used for seasonal additional services only)

From 2016, new E353 series EMUs are scheduled to be introduced on Azusa and Super Azusa services, replacing the E351 and E257 series trains.[2] The new trains will feature power outlets for passenger use and WiFi internet service.[2]

Rolling stock previously used[edit]

History[edit]

A 183 series EMU in original "Grade-up Azusa" livery

The Azusa service began on 1 October 1957 as a semi express operating between Shinjuku and Matsumoto. This operated until 24 April 1960 when it was absorbed into Hakuba semi express services.[3]

The Azusa name was revived from 12 December 1966 for use on limited express services operating between Shinjuku and Matsumoto.[3]

The premier Super Azusa service commenced on 3 December 1994 with the delivery of the first new E351 series tilting EMUs.[3]

New E257 series EMUs were introduced on Azusa services from the start of the revised timetable on 1 December 2001.[1]

Smoking was prohibited in all cars from 18 March 2007.

See also[edit]

  • Kaiji, another limited express service operated on the Chuo Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6. 
  2. ^ a b "JR東日本 富士山観光見込み、中央線特急に新型車両" [JR East to introduce new trains on Chuo Line limited express services, eying Mt Fuji tourism]. Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Japan: Sports Nippon Newspapers. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. 

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