Super Hakuto

The Super Hakuto (スーパーはくと) is a limited express train service in Japan operated by the third-sector railway operator Chizu Express and West Japan Railway Company (JR West), which runs between Kyoto and Kurayoshi in Tottori Prefecture at a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).[1]

Super Hakuto
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A HOT7000 series DMU on a Super Hakuto service, April 2010
Overview
Service typeLimited express
StatusOperational
LocaleTokaido Main Line, Sanyo Main Line, Chizu Express Chizu Line, Inbi Line, Sanin Main Line
First service3 December 1994
Current operator(s)Chizu Express, JR West
Route
StartKyōto
Stops17
EndKurayoshi
Distance travelled254.0 km (157.8 mi) (Kyoto - Tottori)
293.2 km (182.2 mi) (Kyoto - Kurayoshi)
Average journey time3 hours - 3 hours 30 minutes
Service frequency7 return workings daily
On-board services
Class(es)Standard + Green
Disabled accessYes
Sleeping arrangementsNone
Catering facilitiesNone
Observation facilitiesNone
Entertainment facilitiesNone
Other facilitiesToilet, smoking room
Technical
Rolling stockHOT7000 series DMUs
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationDiesel
Operating speed130 km/h (81 mph)
Track owner(s)JR West, Chizu Express

StopsEdit

Trains stop at the following stations:

KyōtoShin-ŌsakaŌsakaSannomiya – (Kōbe) – Akashi – (Nishi-Akashi) – (Kakogawa) – Himeji – (Aioi) – KamigōriSayoŌharaChizuKōgeTottori – (Kurayoshi)

Stations in brackets () are stations where not all trains stop at.

  • Only Super Hakuto no 13 stops at Kōbe, Nishi-Akashi, and Kakogawa
  • Only Super Hakuto nos 1 and 3 stop at Aioi
  • Super Hakuto nos 9 and 13 terminate at Tottori

Rolling stockEdit

Super HakutoEdit

HakutoEdit

FormationEdit

Services are normally formed of five-car HOT7000 series sets, as shown below, with car 5 at the Kyoto end. All cars are non-smoking, although cars 1 and 5 have smoking rooms.[1]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5
Numbering HOT7010 HOT7030 HOT7040 HOT7050 HOT7000
Accommodation Non-reserved Non-reserved Reserved Reserved Green Reserved
Facilities Smoking room Toilet Universal access toilet Toilet Smoking room
  • Car 5 is sometimes replaced by a HOT7020 car with a gangwayed cab end.[1]

HistoryEdit

Super Hakuto services commenced on 3 December 1994.[2] Initially, Hakuto services using JR West KiHa 181 series DMUs were also operated over the same route, but these were discontinued from November 1997, from which date all six return services daily became Super Hakuto operating at a maximum speed of 130 km/h.[2]

All cars were made non-smoking from 1 June 2008, from which time smoking rooms were added to cars 1 and 5.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 2008. p. 92. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. ^ a b こだわりの新幹線&特急列車ガイド [In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide] (in Japanese). Japan: Ikaros Publishing. August 2000. pp. 136–137. ISBN 4-87149-284-2.

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