Moonlight Nagara

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Moonlight Nagara
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A 185 series EMU formation on a Moonlight Nagara service, December 2013
Overview
Service type Rapid
Status Seasonal operation
Locale Japan
First service 16 March 1996
Current operator(s) JR East, JR Central
Route
Start Tokyo
End Ōgaki
Service frequency 1 return working daily
Line used Tokaido Main Line
On-board services
Catering facilities None
Technical
Rolling stock 185 series EMU
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC

The Moonlight Nagara (ムーンライトながら?) is a rapid overnight train service operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), which runs from Tokyo to Ōgaki in Gifu Prefecture via the Tokaido Main Line.

Rolling stock[edit]

Since December 2013, Moonlight Nagara services are formed of 185 series electric multiple unit (EMU) 10-car (4+6-car) formations based at Omiya Depot.[1]

Past rolling stock[edit]

From the introduction of the Moonlight Nagara service, trains were normally formed of three 3-car 373 series EMUs owned by JR Central and based at Shizuoka Depot.[2] Additional Moonlight Nagara 91 and 92 trains also operated during busy seasons, and these were formed of 10-car 183 series EMU sets owned by JR East and based at Tamachi Depot.[2]

History[edit]

The Moonlight Nagara service was introduced on 16 March 1996. The name is taken from the Nagara River in Gifu Prefecture, and was formerly used for a semi express service which ran between Tokyo and Ōgaki from 1 June 1960 until 1 October 1965.[3]

Initially, cars 4 to 9 were designated as non-reserved seating cars west of Yokohama Station, but from the start of the March 2007 timetable revision, all cars were designated as reserved seating between Tokyo and Toyohashi.[2]

From March 14, 2009, the Moonlight Nagara was discontinued running on a daily basis and became a seasonal train running only during busy periods.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DJ時刻表" [DJ Timetable]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 43 no. 357. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. January 2014. pp. 100–101. 
  2. ^ a b c JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 29 August 2008. p. 138. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6. 
  3. ^ 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. 1 August 1995. p. 128. 
  4. ^ 東京発ブルトレ終焉「はやぶさ・富士」廃止へ [Hayabusa and Fuji Blue Trains from Tokyo to be abolished]. MSN Japan (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 19 December 2008. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2014.