785 series EMU on a Super White Arrow service, October 2002
|Service type||Limited express|
|First service||3 March 1986 (White Arrow)
1 September 1990 (Super White Arrow)
|Last service||30 September 2007|
|Current operator(s)||JR Hokkaido|
|Distance travelled||136.8 km|
|Average journey time||1 hr 20 mins|
|Rolling stock||781 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 White Arrow (ホワイトアロー howaito arō), and later Super White Arrow (スーパーホワイトアロー sūpā howaito arō) were limited express train services operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) on the Hakodate Main Line between the cities of Sapporo and Asahikawa in Hokkaido, Japan, between 1986 and 2007.
White Arrow services began on 3 March 1986 as a new limited express operating between Sapporo and Asahikawa via the Hakodate Main Line, supplementing the existing Lilac services also operating between Sapporo and Asahikawa.
White Arrow services served the following stations:
Super White Arrow services operated at hourly intervals, with 13 return workings daily, departing on the hour from Sapporo and Asahikawa, and served the following stations:
- Sapporo - Iwamizawa - Bibai (some trains only) - Sunagawa (some trains only) - Takikawa - Fukagawa - Asahikawa
- 781 series 4-car EMUs (White Arrow) 1986–1990
- 785 series 4/6-car (later 5-car) EMUs (Super White Arrow) 1990–2007
- 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.
- JR新幹線＆特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 84. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
- こだわりの新幹線＆特急列車ガイド [In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide]. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. August 2000. ISBN 4-87149-284-2.
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