373 series EMU on a Tōkai service, March 2006
|Service type||Limited express (from 1996)|
|First service||1955 (Semi express)
1996 (Limited express Wide View Tōkai)
|Current operator(s)||JR East
|Line used||Tōkaidō Main Line|
|Rolling stock||373 series (1996–2007)|
- 1955–1957: Locomotive-hauled
- 1957–1958: JNR 80 series EMUs
- 1958– March 1982: JNR 153 series EMUs
- 1968–1996: JNR 165 series EMUs
- 16 March 1996 – 17 March 2007: JR Central 373 series EMUs (as Wide View Tōkai)
The Tōkai service was first introduced by Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 20 July 1955 as a locomotive-hauled semi express train operating between Tokyo and Nagoya. The train was upgraded to "express" status from 5 March 1966. From 16 March 1996, the service was upgraded to become the limited express Wide View Tōkai using pairs of new 373 series 3-car EMU trainsets, with two return workings daily between Tokyo and Shizuoka.
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