Seven Stars in Kyushu
The Seven Stars in Kyushu, November 2013
|Service type||Excursion train|
|First service||15 October 2013|
|Current operator(s)||JR Kyushu|
|Seating arrangements||Lounge car|
|Sleeping arrangements||2-person suites|
|Catering facilities||Dining car|
|Observation facilities||Observation car at end of train|
|Rolling stock||77 series coaches|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||100 km/h (60 mph)|
The overall design concept of the train was overseen by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka. The name of the train is derived from the seven prefectures of Kyushu and the fact that the train is made up of seven cars.
The dedicated diesel locomotive, DF200-7000, for the train was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Kobe, based on the JR Freight Class DF200 locomotive, modified for use in Kyushu and finished in a livery of deep maroon. It was completed in July 2013. The coaches are based on the 817 series EMU body design and are mounted on 787 series EMU bogies. Manufacture of the passenger coaches was split between Hitachi in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi, and JR Kyushu's Kokura Works in Kitakyushu.
The train consists of the DF200-7000 locomotive and seven coaches: five sleeping cars, a lounge car, and a dining car, with a total capacity of 28 passengers. The rear car of the train features two deluxe suites with observation windows at the end. All suites have their own toilets and shower facilities, designed in porcelain by the late Sakaida Kakiemon XIV. The total cost of building the train was approximately 3 billion yen.
|Car No.||Running No.||Type||Manufacturer||Weight (t)||Facilities|
|1||MaI 77-7001||Lounge car||JR Kyushu||45.3||with piano, bar counter and observation area|
|2||MaShiFu 77-7002||Dining car||JR Kyushu||45.2||with toilets|
|3||MaINe 77-7003||Sleeping car||JR Kyushu||45.4||3 suites, shower room|
|4||MaINe 77-7004||Sleeping car||Hitachi||44.3||3 suites, toilets|
|5||MaINe 77-7005||Sleeping car||Hitachi||44.3||3 suites|
|6||MaINe 77-7006||Sleeping car||Hitachi||44.2||3 suites, toilets|
|7||MaINeFu 77-7007||Sleeping car||Hitachi||45.1||2 deluxe suites, mini kitchen, crew room|
- Day 1
- Hakata → Yufuin
- Day 2
- Miyazaki → Miyakonojō → Hayato
- Day 3
- Hayato → Kagoshima-Chuo → Kagoshima
- Day 4
- Aso → Bungo-Mori → Hakata
The dedicated Class DF200-7000 diesel locomotive for this train was delivered to JR Kyushu's Oita Depot from the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company in Kobe on 2 July 2013. Four coaches were delivered from Hitachi's Kudamatsu factory on 18 July 2013. The train entered revenue service on 15 October 2013.
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