Refurbished 485 series set G55/58 on an Aizu Liner service, March 2012
|Current operator(s)||JR East|
|Average journey time||1 hour|
|Service frequency||3 return services daily|
|Line(s) used||Banetsu West Line|
|Rolling stock||485 series/583 series EMUs|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||20,000 V AC overhead|
|Operating speed||95 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.
Services consist of three trains in each direction daily. Some trains are extended to run to and from Kitakata during busy seasons.
Services stop at the following stations. Not all services stop at Kikuta Station.
Kōriyama - Kikuta - Bandai-Atami - Inawashiro - Bandaimachi - Aizu-Wakamatsu
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).Prior to 25 February 2012, services were normally operated by Sendai-based 6-car 485 series set A1/2.
Trains are formed as shown below, with car 1 at the Kōriyama end. Cars 5 and 6 are reserved-seating cars.
|Numbering||KuHa 481||MoHa 484||MoHa 485||MoHa 484||MoHa 485||KuHa 481|
|Numbering||KuHaNe 583||MoHaNe 582||MoHaNe 583||MoHaNe 582||MoHaNe 583||KuHaNe 583|
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.
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.
Regular Aizu Liner services were discontinued from the start of the revised timetable introduced on 14 March 2015.Seasonal rapid services, named simply Aizu, however operate during busy holiday periods, using six-car 485 series EMU trainsets.
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