Two KiHa 54 diesel cars on a Kitami service, July 2009
|Service type||Limited rapid|
|Current operator(s)||JR Hokkaido|
|Line used||Sekihoku Main Line|
|Rolling stock||KiHa 54-500 DMUs|
The Kitami (きたみ) is a limited rapid (特別快速 tokubetsu kaisoku) train service operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) in Hokkaido, Japan, since 1988. It runs from Asahikawa to Kitami on the Sekihoku Main Line.
Service pattern and station stops
There is one train per day in each direction, with the journey taking approximately 3 hours 20 minutes from Asahikawa to Kitami.
Trains stop at the following stations.
- Asahikawa (A28)
- Tōma (A35)
- Kamikawa (A43)
- Shirataki (A45)
- Maruseppu (A48)
- Engaru (A50)
- Yasukuni (A51)
- Ikutahara (A53)
- Kanehana (A54)
- Rubeshibe (A56)
- Ainonai (A57)
- Higashi-Ainonai (A58)
- Nishi-Kitami (A59)
- Kitami (A60)
The Kitami service was first introduced from 19 March 1988 as a seasonal "limited rapid" train service. From 3 November 1988, it became a regular daily service.
From 13 March 2004, the train became entirely no-smoking.
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