A-Train (JR Kyushu)

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A-Train
JR Kyushu A-TRAIN 03.png
KiHa 185 series A-Train, October 2011
Overview
Service typeLimited express
StatusOperational
LocaleKyushu, Japan
First service8 October 2011
Current operator(s)JR Kyushu
Route
StartKumamoto
EndMisumi
Line(s) usedKagoshima Main Line, Misumi Line
Technical
Rolling stockKiHa 185 series DMU
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationDiesel
Operating speed110 km/h (70 mph)

The A-Train (A列車で行こう, A ressha de ikō) is a seasonal limited express train service operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) in Kyushu, Japan, since October 2011.[1]

Service pattern[edit]

The service operates between Kumamoto and Misumi, mostly at weekends and holiday periods, with two return workings per day.[2]

The train stops at Uto Station en route.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

The train is formed of a specially modified 2-car KiHa 185 series diesel multiple unit set (KiHa 185-4 + KiHa 185-1012) which previously operated on Trans-Kyushu Limited Express services.[1] The design concept was overseen by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka.[1]

Interior[edit]

The main seating saloons retain the original 2+2 reclining seats used in the Trans-Kyushu Limited Express, with new seat covers.[1]

History[edit]

The A-Train service was introduced on 8 October 2011.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e JR特急列車年鑑2013 [Limited Express Annual 2013]. Tokyo, Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. 20 December 2012. pp. 122–123. ISBN 978-4-86320-654-0.
  2. ^ a b "特急「A列車で行こう」10月8日デビュー!" [A-Train limited express debuts 8 October]. JR Kyushu Press Release (in Japanese). Japan: Kyushu Railway Company. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2014.

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