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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 (80 mph).[1]

Super Hakuto
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A HOT7000 series DMU on a Super Hakuto service, April 2010
Overview
Service typeLimited express
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
StartKyoto
EndKurayoshi
Technical
Rolling stockHOT7000 series DMUs
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationDiesel
Operating speed130 km/h (80 mph)

Contents

Station stopsEdit

Kyoto - Shin-Osaka - Osaka - Sannomiya - (Kōbe) - Akashi - (Nishi-Akashi) - (Kakogawa) -Himeji - (Aioi) - Kamigōri - Sayo - Ōhara - Chizu - Kōge - Tottori - Kurayoshi

  • Only the Super Hakuto No. 13 stops at Kobe, Nishi-Akashi and Kakogawa.

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 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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