1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Hokkaido Railway Company
| 1 February 1962 (Express)
1 September 1990 (Limited express)
27 July 1991 (Super Tokachi)|
KiHa 261 series, KiHa 283 series DMUs
Japanese National Railways
The Super Tokachi (スーパーとかち) is a limited express train service between Sapporo and Obihiro via the Hakodate and Nemuro Main Lines in Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). As of October 2009, there are five trains per day running in both directions, with the fastest journey taking 2 hours 25 minutes (Super Tokachi 4).
Super Tokachi Wikipedia
Super Tokachi services are formed of 4-car (originally 5-car) KiHa 261 series and 5-car KiHa 283 series diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains.
All cars are no-smoking.
The service commenced as the express Tokachi (十勝) on 1 February 1962, operating between Sapporo and Obihiro. The service continued until 30 September 1968.
The name was revived from 1 September 1990 as the Limited express Tokachi (とかち) using KiHa 183 series DMUs. From 27 July 1991, four Tokachi services were upgraded to become Super Tokachi using KiHa 183 series DMU sets including bilevel Green cars.
From 1 October 2007, new 5-car KiHa 261-1000 series tilting DMUs were introduced on Super Tokachi services, with KiHa 283 series tilting DMUs also used on some services.
From 1 October 2009, the remaining two Tokachi return services daily were upgraded to Super Tokachi using KiHa 261-1000 series DMUs.
From 1 November 2014, the refreshment trolley service and Green car complimentary drink service are discontinued, with refreshments sold instead in car 1. Refreshment service was scheduled to be discontinued entirely from 1 January 2015.