E353 series EMU on a Super Azusa service in January 2017
|Service type||Limited express|
|First service||1 October 1957 (Semi express)|
12 December 1966 (Limited express)
|Current operator(s)||JR East|
|Line(s) used||Chuo Main Line, Shinonoi Line|
|Class(es)||Green + Ordinary|
|Catering facilities||Trolley service|
|Rolling stock||E353 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
- 189 series EMUs (since 1975, now used for seasonal additional services only)
- E257 series EMUs (since 2001)
- E353 series EMUs (Super Azusa, from 23 December 2017)
A 183 series EMU in revised Azusa livery in January 2001
An E257 series EMU on an Azusa service in January 2008
From 23 December 2017, new E353 series EMUs are scheduled to be introduced on Super Azusa services. By March 2018, all Super Azusa services will be operated by E353 series trains, and the E257 series trainsets used on Azusa services are also scheduled to be subsequently replaced by E353 series trains.
Rolling stock previously used
- 181 series 10-car EMUs (from 1966)
- 183 series EMUs (from 1972 to May 2015)
- 165 series EMUs (from 1966)
- E351 series EMUs (Super Azusa, since 1993 to April 2018)
An E351 series EMU on a Super Azusa service in July 2010
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.
- 来年３月に現行車両「Ｅ３５１系」引退 スーパーあずさ、新型に [E351 series to be retired by next spring with new trains for "Super Azusa" services]. Sankei Photo (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 29 October 2017. Archived from the original on 22 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- 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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