A 681 series EMU, September 2014
|Service type||Limited express|
|First service||25 December 1964|
|Current operator(s)||JR West|
|Service frequency||16 return services daily|
681 series EMUs|
683 series EMUs
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
The Shirasagi (しらさぎ) is a limited express train service in Japan operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) since 1964. It runs between Nagoya and Toyama. Shirasagi (白鷺) is the Japanese name for the "egret", a white heron.
Services are normally operated using Kanazawa-based 681 series and 683-8000 series EMUs formed as 6-, 6+3-, or 6+3+3-car formations. Services were originally formed of 7-car 485 series, 489 series and 5-, 5+3-, or 5+3+3-car 683 series EMUs.
The Shirasagi service was first introduced on 25 December 1964.
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