Kounotori (train)

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Kounotori
JRW EC 287 series FC03.jpg
287 series 3-car EMU on a Kounotori service, March 2011
Overview
Service type Limited express
Locale Tokaido Main Line, Fukuchiyama Line, Sanin Main Line
First service 12 March 2011
Current operator(s) JR West
Route
Start Shin-Osaka
End Kinosaki Onsen
Technical
Rolling stock 287 series/381 series EMUs
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead

The Kounotori (こうのとり Kōnotori?) is a limited express train service operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) between Shin-Osaka and Kinosaki Onsen in Japan since 12 March 2011. It uses new 287 series electric multiple units in addition to existing 183 series and 381 series EMUs, and replaces the previous Kitakinki services.[1]

The name means "stork", and was chosen because the stork is the prefectural bird of Hyōgo, and the city of Toyooka in particular has close involvement with stork breeding programmes.[1]

Service pattern and station stops[edit]

Train name indicator on the side of a 287 series EMU

14 down services (Kounotori 1–27) from Shin-Osaka and 13 up services (Kounotori 2–26) to Shin-Osaka run daily, with the journey time from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen taking approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.[2]

Kounotori services stop at the following stations. (Stations in parentheses are not served by all trains.)[2]

Shin-Osaka - Osaka - Amagasaki - Takarazuka - Sanda - (Shin-Sanda) - (Aino) - Sasayamaguchi - (Tanikawa) - Kaibara - (Kuroi) - Fukuchiyama - (Wadayama) - (Yōka) - (Ebara) - (Toyooka) - (Kinosaki Onsen)

Rolling stock[edit]

The following rolling stock is used on Kounotori services.[3]

Former rolling stock[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "JR西日本 287系デビュー時に特急「北近畿」を「こうのとり」に改呼" [JR West to rename "Kitakinki" as "Kounotori" with debut of 287 series]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 39 (320): p.73. December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b JR Timetable, February 2011 issue
  3. ^ "平成23年春ダイヤ改正について" [Spring 2011 timetable revision details] (pdf). JR West news release (in Japanese). West Japan Railway Company. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "新型車両(287 系)追加投入の詳細" [Details of further introduction of new (287 series) trains] (pdf). JR West news release (in Japanese). West Japan Railway Company. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "JR西日本 381系福知山車FE編成が営業運転開始" [JR West: Fukichiyama-based 381 series FE sets enter service]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 41 (340): p.75. August 2012. 
  6. ^ "JR西日本の183系が定期運用を終了" [JR West 183 series withdrawn from scheduled services]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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