Nankai 50000 series rapi:t train
|Service type||Airport rail link
|Locale||Osaka Prefecture, Japan|
|First service||4 April 1994|
|Current operator(s)||Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.|
|Stops||4 (α services for Airport)
6 (β services)
|Line used||Nankai Main Line, Airport Line|
|Rolling stock||50000 series EMUs|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead line|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (70 mph)|
Rapi:t (ラピート rapiito?) is a rapid train service between Kansai International Airport and Namba Station in Osaka, Japan. It is operated by Nankai Electric Railway, and the train service uses on the Nankai Main Line and the Airport Line. The name comes from the German word meaning rapid, pronounced [ʁaˈpiːt].
The futuristic and retro-style six-car Rapi:t trainsets, officially designated as the Nankai 50000 series, were designed by architect Wakabayashi Hiroyuki and won the Blue Ribbon Prize in 1995, 1 year after entering service.
There are two classes of Rapi:t service. Rapi:t β takes 34 minutes from Namba to Kansai Airport, stopping at Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, Sakai, Kishiwada, Izumisano, and Rinkū Town. Rapi:t α takes 29 minutes, stopping at Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, Izumisano, and Rinku Town.
β trains operate every day, with a β train per hour from 07:00 until 10:00 and two β trains per hour from 10:00 until the last train on weekdays. There are only three α trains in the morning on weekdays (departing Namba for Kansai Airport at 07:00, 08:00, and 09:00). On Saturdays and holidays, there are only 2 β trains per hour. All seats are reserved.
- Rapi:t α: Namba Station - Shin-Imamiya Station - Tengachaya Station - Izumisano Station - Rinkū Town Station - Kansai Airport Station
- Rapi:t β: Namba Station - Shin-Imamiya Station - Tengachaya Station - Sakai Station - Kishiwada Station - Izumisano Station - Rinkū Town Station - Kansai Airport Station
- Haruka, limited-express service operated by JR West to Kansai Airport
- Limited Express Rapi:t - Nankai Railway Official Website in English
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