Kamome

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Kamome
885SeriesKamome.jpg
885 series Shiroi Kamome
Overview
Service typeLimited express
First service1937
Current operator(s)JR Kyushu
Route
Line(s) usedKagoshima Main Line, Nagasaki Main Line
Technical
Rolling stock 787 series, 885 series EMUs
Operating speed130 km/h (80 mph)
Interior of 885 series Kamome 885SeriesKamomeInterior.jpg
Interior of 885 series Kamome

Kamome (かもめ) is a limited express train operated by JR Kyushu in Japan. It operates between Hakata and Nagasaki on the Kagoshima Main Line and the Nagasaki Main Line. Kamome means seagull in Japanese.

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History

The Kamome name (written as "鷗") was first used from 1 July 1937 on limited express trains operating between Tokyo and Kobe. This service continued until February 1943. [1]

The name (written as "かもめ") was subsequently revived from 15 March 1953 for use on limited express services operating between Kyoto and Hakata. This service was discontinued in March 1975 with the completion of the Sanyō Shinkansen to Hakata. [1]

The service in its current form commenced on 1 July 1976, coinciding with electrification of the Nagasaki Main Line (initially operating between Kokura and Nagasaki, later between Hakata and Nagasaki) using 485 series EMUs. [1]

On 28 October 2020 JR Kyushu announced it would utilize a 6-car version of the N700S series for the isolated section of Shinkansen from Nagasaki, named Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen  [ ja ], with a cross platform interchange to a relay service called Relay Kamome at Takeo-Onsen to connect to Hakata. [2] [3] [4] JR Kyushu also announced it would continue to use the name Kamome for the Nishikyushu Shinkansen service, which has been in use since 1961. [3]

Rolling stock

Rolling stock currently used

Rolling stock used in the past

485 series, December 1992 JRKyushu485 KamomeExpress.jpg
485 series, December 1992

Station stops

Stations in parentheses are not served by all trains.

Special stops

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