Moonlight Nagara

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Moonlight Nagara
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A 185 series EMU formation on a Moonlight Nagara service, December 2013
Service type Rapid
Status Seasonal operation
Locale Japan
First service 16 March 1996
Current operator(s) JR East, JR Central
Start Tokyo
End Ōgaki
Service frequency 1 return working daily
Line used Tokaido Main Line
On-board services
Catering facilities None
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]


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]


  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.