789-1000 series on a Super Kamui service, January 2009
|Service type||Limited express|
|First service||22 September 1959 (Kamui)
1 October 2007 (Super Kamui)
|Current operator(s)||JR Hokkaido|
|Distance travelled||136.8 km (85.0 mi)|
|Average journey time||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Class(es)||Standard class only|
|Rolling stock||789-1000 series & 785 series EMUs|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||20 kV AC overhead|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
The Super Kamui (スーパーカムイ?) is a limited express train service operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) since 2007 on the Hakodate Main Line, connecting Sapporo and Asahikawa in Hokkaido, Japan.
Services run every 30 minutes, with a journey time of 1 hour and 20 minutes for the 136.8 km (85.0 mi) between Sapporo and Asahikawa, giving an average start-to-stop speed of 102.6 km/h (63.8 mph). Services departing from Asahikawa on the hour continue onward from Sapporo to New Chitose Airport as the Airport rapid service.
Services stop at the following stations.
|Facilities||Toilet||Wheelchair space, toilet||Toilet|
Kamui (1959 – 1988)
The original Kamui service started on 22 September 1959, as a semi express service operating between Otaru and Asahikawa. From 1961, KiHa 56 express diesel multiple unit trains were introduced, and Kamui services were formally upgraded to "express" status from the start of the revised timetable on 5 March 1966. Following electrification of the route, 711 series 3-car EMUs were introduced on the Kamui 3 and 4 services from October 1968. From 1 October 1969, these were increased to 6-car formations.
Typical 711 series EMU Kamui express formations were formed as shown below as of 1 October 1969, with car 1 at the Asahikawa end.
|Numbering||KuHa 711||MoHa 711||KuHa 711||KuHa 711||MoHa 711||KuHa 711|
From 15 March 1972, the number of Kamui services was increased from seven return workings to ten return workings daily.
Kamui services were discontinued from 13 March 1988, when they were integrated with Sorachi express services.
Super Kamui (2007 –)
The Super Kamui service commenced on 1 October 2007. Prior to this, two limited express trains, the Lilac and the Super White Arrow, ran on the same route between Sapporo and Asahikawa. These were integrated and remodeled into one service at the same time as the ageing 781 series EMUs previously used on Lilac services were withdrawn.
On 29 January 2010, the Super Kamui 24 service from Asahikawa to Sapporo was derailed after hitting a truck at a level crossing on the Hakodate Main Line between Fukugawa and Moseushi. 23 passengers, the train driver, and the truck driver sustained minor injuries. The 5-car 789-1000 series set involved, HL-1005, was taken out of service due to damage, and was officially withdrawn on 24 March 2011.
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