Thunderbird (train)

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Thunderbird
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A 683-4000 series EMU on a Thunderbird service, December 2009
Overview
Service type Limited express
Status Operational
Locale Japan
First service 1995
Current operator(s) JR West
Route
Line used Tokaido Line (JR Kyoto Line), Kosei Line, Hokuriku Line, Nanao Line
Technical
Rolling stock 681 series, 683 series
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Thunderbird (サンダーバード Sandābādo?) is a limited express train service operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) between Osaka and Wakuraonsen in Japan, using portions of the Tōkaidō Main Line, Kosei Line, Hokuriku Main Line, and Nanao Line.

Station stops[edit]

Stations in parentheses were not served by all services.

Thunderbird[edit]

Osaka – Toyama: Osaka - Shin-Osaka - Kyoto - (Katata) - (Omi-Imazu) - (Tsuruga) - (Takefu) - (Sabae) - Fukui - (Awaraonsen) - (Kagaonsen) - (Komatsu) - (Matto) - Kanazawa - (Isurugi) - Takaoka - (Kosugi) - Toyama - (Uozu)

Kanazawa – Wakuraonsen: Kanazawa - (Tsubata) - (Unoke) - (Takamatsu) - Hakui - (Yoshikawa) - Nanao - Wakuraonsen

  • Only certain trains to and from Kanazawa and Wakuraonsen stop at Matto Station, and no trains to and from Toyama stop there.

Business Thunderbird[edit]

(an extra train which runs from Osaka to Kanazawa in the morning on weekdays after holidays)

Osaka → Shin-Osaka → Kyoto → Tsuruga → Takefu → Fukui → Awaraonsen → Komatsu → Kanazawa

Rolling stock[edit]

681 series EMU on a Thunderbird service, May 2006

Formation[edit]

  • Green: Green car (first class)
  • White: Standard class car
  • O: Observation seats
  • R: Reserved seats
  • NR: Non-reserved seats
  • No smoking accommodation

Thunderbird[edit]

← Osaka Toyama, Uozu/Wakuraonsen →
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
R R R R NR NR NR R R
← Osaka Toyama, Uozu/Wakuraonsen →
normal formation additional formation additional formation
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
R R R R NR NR NR R R R R R
  • Women-only seats are available in Car 3.

Business Thunderbird[edit]

→ Osaka Kanazawa →
1 2 3
NR R R

History[edit]

From the start of the 20 April 1995 timetable revision, new 681 series EMUs were introduced on Osaka to Toyama services, named Super Raichō (Thunderbird).[1] These became simply Thunderbird from March 1997.

The last remaining Raichō service was discontinued from the start of the 12 March 2011 timetable revision, with all trains subsequently using the Thunderbird name.[2]

Rape incident[edit]

On 3 August 2006, a woman was raped by a man in a train toilet while travelling on the Thunderbird 50 service (just after Fukui Station), despite the car being occupied by approximately 40 other passengers.[3] As a result, JR West introduced a "women-only" section in the reserved-seating cars of Raichō and Thunderbird trains from October 2007, and JR East added prominent "SOS" stickers inside all of its trains in June 2007.[4] On 17 January 2008, district court in Otsu sentenced him to 18 years in prison.

See also[edit]

  • Shirasagi: Limited-express service between Nagoya and the Hokuriku region, using identical rolling stock with slightly different livery

References[edit]

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