Ishikari (train)

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Service type Limited express
Status Discontinued
Locale Hokkaido
First service 18 July 1975
Last service 1980
Successor Lilac
Former operator(s) JNR
Start Sapporo
End Asahikawa
On-board services
Class(es) Standard class only
Rolling stock 485 series EMUs
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 20 kV AC overhead

The Ishikari (いしかり?) was a limited express train service in Japan operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) between Sapporo and Asahikawa in Hokkaido, Japan, between 1975 and 1980.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

Services were formed of 485-1500 series EMUs, and were the first limited express trains formed of electric multiple units to operate in Hokkaido. The 485 series EMUs proved to be unsuited to the harsh weather conditions of Hokkaido, with frequent cancellations, and were later replaced by new 781 series 6-car EMUs.[2]


The typical 6-car formation was as shown below as of 25 June 1980, with car 1 at the Sapporo end.[3]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6
Numbering KuMoHa 781 SaHa 780 MoHa 781 SaHa 780 MoHa 781 KuHa 780


Ishikari services were introduced on 18 July 1975,[4] and continued until the start of 1 October 1980 timetable revision, when the services were replaced by new Lilac services.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. p. 123. 
  2. ^ a b 日本と世界の鉄道カタログ [Japan and World Railway Catalogue]. Japan: Seibido Publishing. August 1991. p. 79. ISBN 4-415-03383-0. 
  3. ^ Miyake, Toshihiko (August 2012). "札幌周辺における国鉄・JRの電化と列車の変遷" [JNR and JR electrification and train changes in the Sapporo area]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 41 no. 340. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. pp. 24–33. 
  4. ^ Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 219. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4.