The Tanigawa (たにがわ) is a high-speed train service operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on the Joetsu Shinkansen in Japan.[1]

Tanigawa
E4 P11 Max Tanigawa 408 Omiya 20170325.jpg
A Max Tanigawa service in March 2017 operated by an E4 series train
Overview
Service typeShinkansen
StatusOperational
LocaleHonshu, Japan
PredecessorToki
First service15 November 1982 (Limited express)
1 October 1997 (Shinkansen)
Current operator(s)JR East
Former operator(s)JNR
Route
StartTokyo
EndEchigo-Yuzawa or Gala Yuzawa
Line(s) usedJoetsu Shinkansen
Gala-Yuzawa Line
On-board services
Class(es)Green + standard
Catering facilitiesTrolley service
Technical
Rolling stockE2 series, E4 series
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Operating speed240 km/h (150 mph)

Rolling stockEdit

Former rolling stockEdit

  • 185 series EMUs (15 November 1982 - September 1997)
  • E1 series (Max Tanigawa) (until September 2012)
  • 200 series 10-car "K" sets (1 October 1997 – 15 March 2013)

HistoryEdit

The name Tanigawa (written as "谷川") was first introduced on 15 November 1982 for limited express services operating between Ueno in Tokyo and Minakami on the Jōetsu Line.[3]

From 1 October 1997, the name (written as "たにがわ") was used for the all-stations services between Tokyo and Echigo-Yuzawa on the Jōetsu Shinkansen, replacing the previous Toki all-stations services. During the winter skiing season, trains terminate and start at the seasonal Gala-Yuzawa Station.[1]

E2 series 10-car sets were introduced on three return Tanigawa services daily from 26 January 2013, operating at a maximum speed of 240 km/h.[2][4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • JR Timetable, December 2008
  1. ^ a b JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. ^ a b 上越新幹線でE2系の定期運用再開 [E2 series returns to regular duties on Joetsu Shinkansen]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.
  4. ^ E2系車両を上越新幹線に投入! [E2 series trains to be introduced on Joetsu Shinkansen] (PDF). News Release (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.

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