Hayato no Kaze
The Hayato no Kaze (はやとの風,Hayato's Wind) is a limited express service in Japan which runs between Kagoshima-Chūō Station and Yoshimatsu Station via the Kagoshima Main Line, Nippō Main Line, and Hisatsu Line. It is operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu).
3-car Hayato no Kaze formation, June 2009
|Service type||Limited express|
|Locale||Kagoshima Main Line, Nippō Main Line, Hisatsu Line|
|First service||13 March 2004|
|Current operator(s)||JR Kyushu|
|Service frequency||2 return trips daily|
|Rolling stock||KiHa 47/147 DMUs|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||95 km/h (60 mph)|
There are two return services per day. All trains stop at both Osumi-Yokogawa and Kareigawa Stations for about 5 minutes. Some trains stop at Ryugamizu Station for about 4 minutes for a view of Sakurajima. (Passengers cannot alight here.)
The train is formed of two specially converted diesel multiple unit (DMU) cars, KiHa 147-1045 and KiHa 47-8092. Initially, the train consisted of KiHa 147-1045 as reserved seating car 1 and KiHa 140-2066 as non-reserved seating car 2. From January 2006, a third car, KiHa 47-8092, was converted for use as reserved seating car 1, with KiHa 147-1045 as non-reserved seating car 2. KiHa 140-2066 was used as a spare car to make 3-car formations at busy periods, but was later rebuilt as a third car for use in the Ibusuki no Tamatebako DMU set, returning to service in March 2012.
KiHa 147-1045 and KiHa 140-2066 were converted at JR Kyushu's Kokura Works. KiHa 47-8092 was converted at JR Kyushu's Kagoshima Depot. The set is based at Kagoshima Depot.
The train is painted all-over black, with deep panorama side windows in the centre of each car.
The trains feature totally new interiors finished in fire-resistant wood with reclining seats and improved air conditioning.
The Hayato no Kaze service was introduced on 13 March 2004, coinciding with the opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen.
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