Kounotori (train)

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Kounotori
JRW EC 287 series FC03.jpg
A 287 series 3-car EMU on a Kounotori service, March 2011
Overview
Service type Limited express
Locale Tokaido Main Line, Fukuchiyama Line, Sanin Main Line
First service 12 March 2011
Current operator(s) JR West
Route
Start Shin-Osaka
End Kinosaki Onsen
Technical
Rolling stock 287 series/289 series EMUs
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead

The Kounotori (こうのとり Kōnotori?) is a limited express train service operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) between Shin-Osaka and Kinosaki Onsen in Japan since 12 March 2011. It replaced the previous Kitakinki services.[1]

The name means "stork", and was chosen because the stork is the prefectural bird of Hyōgo, and the city of Toyooka in particular has close involvement with stork breeding programmes.[1]

Service pattern and station stops[edit]

Train name indicator on the side of a 287 series EMU

14 down services (Kounotori 1–27) from Shin-Osaka and 13 up services (Kounotori 2–26) to Shin-Osaka run daily, with the journey time from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen taking approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.[2]

Kounotori services stop at the following stations. (Stations in parentheses are not served by all trains.)[2]

Shin-Osaka - Osaka - Amagasaki - Takarazuka - Sanda - (Shin-Sanda) - (Aino) - Sasayamaguchi - (Tanikawa) - Kaibara - (Kuroi) - Fukuchiyama - (Wadayama) - (Yōka) - (Ebara) - (Toyooka) - (Kinosaki Onsen)

Rolling stock[edit]

The following rolling stock is used on Kounotori services.[3]

289 series EMUs converted from former dual-voltage 683 series trainsets were introduced on Kounotori services from 31 October 2015, replacing the remaining JNR-era 381 series trains.[4]

Former rolling stock[edit]

  • 183 series 4/6-car EMUs (12 March 2011 - 15 March 2013)[5]
  • 381 series 4/6-car EMUs (from 12 March 2011 to 31 May 2011, and from 1 June 2012 to 30 October 2015)[6][7][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "JR西日本 287系デビュー時に特急「北近畿」を「こうのとり」に改呼" [JR West to rename "Kitakinki" as "Kounotori" with debut of 287 series]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 39 no. 320. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. December 2010. p. 73. 
  2. ^ a b JR Timetable, February 2011 issue
  3. ^ 平成23年春ダイヤ改正について [Spring 2011 timetable revision details] (pdf). JR West news release (in Japanese). West Japan Railway Company. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ JR西日本 289系 10月31日から運転開始 [JR West 289 series to enter service from 31 October]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "JR西日本の183系が定期運用を終了" [JR West 183 series withdrawn from scheduled services]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  6. ^ 新型車両(287 系)追加投入の詳細 [Details of further introduction of new (287 series) trains] (pdf). JR West news release (in Japanese). West Japan Railway Company. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "JR西日本 381系福知山車FE編成が営業運転開始" [JR West: Fukichiyama-based 381 series FE sets enter service]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 41 no. 340. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. August 2012. p. 75. 
  8. ^ 381系が関西地区の定期運用から離脱 [381 series removed from scheduled Kansai area services]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

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