E351 series Super Azusa EMU, January 2010
|Service type||Limited express|
|First service||1 October 1957 (Semi express)
12 December 1966 (Limited express)
|Current operator(s)||JR East|
|Line used||Chūō Main Line, Shinonoi Line|
|Class(es)||Green + Ordinary|
|Catering facilities||Trolley service|
|Rolling stock||E351 series (Super Azusa)
E257 series EMUs
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
The Azusa (あずさ?) and Super Azusa (スーパーあずさ?) are limited express services operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), which run between Shinjuku and Matsumoto via the Chūō Main Line and Shinonoi Line. The name Azusa is taken from the Azusa River in Matsumoto, Nagano.
Shinjuku - Matsumoto
- 183 series EMUs (since 1972, now used for seasonal additional services only)
- 189 series EMUs (since 1975, now used for seasonal additional services only)
- E257 series EMUs (since 2001)
- E351 series EMUs (Super Azusa, since 1993)
- E353 series EMUs (Super Azusa, from spring 2016)
A 183 series EMU in revised Azusa livery, January 2001
An E257 series EMU on an Azusa service, January 2008
An E351 series EMU on a Super Azusa service, July 2010
From 2016, new E353 series EMUs are scheduled to be introduced on Azusa and Super Azusa services, replacing the E351 and E257 series trains. The new trains will feature power outlets for passenger use and WiFi internet service.
Rolling stock previously used
Azusa services are formed of 2+9-car or 9-car E257 series trainsets as shown below, with car 1 at the southern (Chiba/Tokyo/Shinjuku) end. All cars are no-smoking.
|Numbering||KuHa E257||KuMoHa E257||KuHa E257||MoHa E257||MoHa E256||MoHa E257||SaHa E257||SaRoHa E257||MoHa E257||MoHa E256||KuHa E256|
Super Azusa services are formed of 4+8-car E351 series trainsets as shown below, with car 1 at the southern (Tokyo/Shinjuku) end. All cars are no-smoking.
|Numbering||KuHa E351||MoHa E351||MoHa E350||KuHa E351||KuHa E351||MoHa E351||MoHa E350||SaHa E351||SaRo E351||MoHa E351||MoHa E350||KuHa E351|
The Azusa service began on 1 October 1957 as a semi express operating between Shinjuku and Matsumoto. This operated until 24 April 1960 when it was absorbed into Hakuba semi express services.
The Azusa name was revived from 12 December 1966 for use on limited express services operating between Shinjuku and Matsumoto.
Smoking was prohibited in all cars from 18 March 2007.
- List of named passenger trains of Japan
- Kaiji, another limited express service operated on the Chuo Line
- JR新幹線＆特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kotsu Shimbun. 2008. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
- ＪＲ東日本 富士山観光見込み、中央線特急に新型車両 [JR East to introduce new trains on Chuo Line limited express services, eying Mt Fuji tourism]. Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Japan: Sports Nippon Newspapers. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- JR Timetable. Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. February 2015. p. 957.
- 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.
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