The Kitakinki (北近畿) was a limited express train service operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Japan from 1986 until March 2011, which ran from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen in Hyōgo Prefecture.
183 series EMU on a Kitakinki service, September 2007
|Service type||Limited express|
|Current operator(s)||JR West|
|Line(s) used||Tokaido Main Line, Fukuchiyama Line, Sanin Main Line|
|Rolling stock||183 series EMU|
|Operating speed||120 km/h (75 mph) (max.)|
Service pattern and station stops
As of January 2011, 11 down services (Kitakinki 1–21) from Shin-Osaka and 10 up services (Kitakinki 2–26) to Shin-Osaka ran daily, with the journey time from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen taking approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
The Kitakinki service was introduced on 1 November 1986. The new services used 4- and 6-car DC 183-800 series electric multiple units converted from former dual-voltage (AC/DC) 485 series EMUs. These received a thin crimson line below the window band to signify the improved passenger accommodation.
- ＪＲ新幹線＆特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 42. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
- JR Timetable, February 2011 issue
- 列車名鑑１９９５ [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. p. 67. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
- JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 183. ISBN 978-4-330-14310-1.
- "JR西日本 287系デビュー時に特急「北近畿」を「こうのとり」に改呼" [JR West to rename "Kitakinki" as "Kōnotori" with debut of 287 series]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 39 no. 320. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. December 2010. p. 73.
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