Aizu Liner

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Aizu Liner
485-G55G58 Aizu-LINER.JPG
Refurbished 485 series set G55/58 on an Aizu Liner service, March 2012
Overview
Service typeRapid
Locale Fukushima Prefecture
Current operator(s) JR East
Route
Start Kōriyama
End Aizu-Wakamatsu
Average journey time1 hour
Service frequency3 return services daily
Line(s) used Banetsu West Line
On-board services
Class(es) Standard only
Technical
Rolling stock 485 series/583 series EMUs
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 20,000 V AC overhead
Operating speed95 km/h (60 mph)

The Aizu Liner (あいづライナー) was a limited-stop "Rapid" train service in Japan operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) between Kōriyama and Aizu-Wakamatsu on the Banetsu West Line in Fukushima Prefecture. [1]

Contents

Service pattern

Services consist of three trains in each direction daily. Some trains are extended to run to and from Kitakata during busy seasons. [2]

Station stops

Services stop at the following stations. Not all services stop at Kikuta Station. [2]

Kōriyama - Kikuta - Bandai-Atami - Inawashiro - Bandaimachi - Aizu-Wakamatsu

Rolling stock

Services are normally formed of a 6-car 485 series limited express-type electric multiple unit (EMU) set number G55/58 based at Sendai Depot, sometimes substituted by a 6-car 583 series EMU (set N1/2). [1] [3] Prior to 25 February 2012, services were normally operated by Sendai-based 6-car 485 series set A1/2. [3] [4]

Formations

Trains are formed as shown below, with car 1 at the Kōriyama end. Cars 5 and 6 are reserved-seating cars. [1]

485 series

Car No.123456
NumberingKuHa 481MoHa 484MoHa 485MoHa 484MoHa 485KuHa 481
AccommodationNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedReservedReserved

583 series

Car No.123456
NumberingKuHaNe 583MoHaNe 582MoHaNe 583MoHaNe 582MoHaNe 583KuHaNe 583
AccommodationNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedReservedReserved

History

In June 2011, the Sendai-based 6-car 485 series EMU set A1/2 normally used on Aizu Liner services was repainted from its previous "Akabē" livery into JNR beige and maroon, returning to service from 2 June 2011. [5]

From 25 February 2012, set A1/2 was replaced by 6-car set 485 series set G55/58, a refurbished set, transferred from Oyama Depot and previously used on Nikkō and Kinugawa services. [3]

A 485 series EMU on an Aizu rapid service in April 2015 JNR Kuha481-1015 20150418 01.jpg
A 485 series EMU on an Aizu rapid service in April 2015

Regular Aizu Liner services were discontinued from the start of the revised timetable introduced on 14 March 2015. [6] Seasonal rapid services, named simply Aizu, however operate during busy holiday periods, using six-car 485 series EMU trainsets. [7]

See also

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