N700-7000 series shinkansen
|First service||1951 (Limited express)
|Current operator(s)||JR Kyushu, JR West|
|Line used||Kyushu Shinkansen, Sanyo Shinkansen|
|Rolling stock||800 series/N700-7000 series/N700-8000 series|
|Operating speed||300 km/h (185 mph)|
The Sakura (さくら?, Cherry Blossom) is a high-speed shinkansen service operated between Shin-Ōsaka and Kagoshima in Japan since 12 March 2011. It was formerly a limited express sleeper train service operated by JR Kyushu, which ran from Tokyo to Nagasaki and Sasebo in Kyushu, Japan. The service was discontinued from the start of the revised timetable on 1 March 2005.
N700 series (8 cars)
Services are formed as shown below with car 1 at the Kagoshima-Chuo end. All cars are no smoking except for smoking compartments in cars 3 and 7.
|Facilities||Toilet||Smoking compartment, Toilet, cardphone||Toilet||Smoking compartment, Toilet, wheelchair space||Cardphone|
800 series (6 cars)
All cars are no smoking.
Limited express service
The Sakura was first introduced on 1 April 1951 as a daytime Limited express service between Tokyo and Osaka. This service was discontinued in October 1958.
The Sakura sleeping car service commenced on 20 July 1959 using 20 series sleeping cars. From March 1972, the train was upgraded with 14 series sleeping cars.
From 12 March 2011, the Sakura name was revived once again for the new shinkansen services operating between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chūō using new JR West N700-7000 series and JR Kyushu N700-8000 series 8-car trainsets.
Trains stop at Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Kokura, Hakata, Shin-Tosu, Kurume, Kumamoto, and Sendai stations, with some selected stops either at Himeji, Tokuyama, Shin-Yamaguchi, Shin-Shimonoseki, Shin-Yatsushiro, Shin-Minamata, and Izumi stations.
Sakura trains operate once every hour between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chūō throughout the day. There are also additional Sakura services once per hour between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo during the morning and evening. Some Sakura runs within the Kyushu Shinkansen are operated by 6-car 800 series trains.
In the 1990s, the train was formed of up to fourteen 14 series sleeping cars, including two cafeteria cars. The train was hauled by a JR West Class EF66 electric locomotive between Tokyo and Shimonoseki, a JR Kyushu Class EF81 electric locomotive between Shimonoseki and Moji (through the undersea Kanmon Tunnel), and by JR Kyushu Class ED76 electric locomotives from Moji to Nagasaki and Sasebo.
- JR Kyushu: "新幹線の列車名決定!!" Retrieved on 26 February 2009. (Japanese)
- 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.
- こだわりの新幹線＆特急列車ガイド [In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide]. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. August 2000. ISBN 4-87149-284-2.
- 平成23年春ダイヤ改正 [Spring 2011 timetable revision] (Press release) (in Japanese). JR Kyushu. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
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