A 185 series EMU formation on a Moonlight Nagara service, December 2013
|First service||16 March 1996|
|Current operator(s)||JR East, JR Central|
|Service frequency||1 return working daily|
|Line used||Tokaido Main Line|
|Rolling stock||185 series EMU|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC|
Past rolling stock
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. 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.
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.
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.
From March 14, 2009, the Moonlight Nagara was discontinued running on a daily basis and became a seasonal train running only during busy periods.
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