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Aoba
Service type Shinkansen
Operator JR East
Line used Tōhoku Shinkansen
Maximum speed 240 km/h
Started 1945 (Express)
1982 (Shinkansen)
Ended 1997
Rolling stock 200 series, E1 series

Aoba (あおば ?) is the name of an all-stations service that operated until 1997 on the Tōhoku Shinkansen in Japan.

History

The name Aoba (written as "青葉") was first used from 20 November 1945 on an express (急行 kyūkō ?) service between Ueno in Tokyo and Sendai on the Tōhoku Main Line. This continued until the train was renamed Kitakami (きたかみ ?) on 1 October 1965.[1]

The Aoba name (written as "あおば") was reintroduced from 20 March 1971 on Limited express services between Sendai and Akita. These services were discontinued on 24 November 1975.[1]

From the start of services on the newly opened Tōhoku Shinkansen on 23 June 1982, Aoba was the name used for the all-stations shinkansen services operating initially between Ōmiya and Sendai, later between Ueno and Sendai, and eventually between Tokyo and Sendai.[1]

The number of Aoba services was reduced from December 1995 following the introduction of the Nasuno all-stations service, and the name was finally discontinued from 1 October 1997 when the remaining trains were integrated with Yamabiko services.

References

  1. ^ a b c "列車名鑑1995" (Train Name Directory 1995), published August 1995 by Railway Journal

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