We continue this month looking at scenes which will become history as a result of next month's 'Daiya Kaisei' (Timetable Changes). The inauguration of the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano & Kanazawa will have significant knock-on effects on the Hokuriku Main Line and the Shin'etsu Main Line, both of which will have sectors spun off to new 3rd sector operators.
A Hokuetsu Express 681 series on a Hakutaka service passing Uozu Station on the Hokuriku Main Line on 26/04/2014. The current narrow gauge Ltd Express Hakutaka service between Echigo-Yuzawa & Kanazawa will cease and the name Hakutaka will be applied to semi-fast Hokuriku Shinkansen services from March. Photo: Kiyoshi Jinno
A JR West 413 series in an all blue livery awaiting departure on a local service from Takaoka on 01/08/2014. Following the March changes, JR West will no longer operate local services between Kanazawa & Naoetsu. 3 3rd sector railway companies have been formed with boundaries aligning roughly to the prefecural boundaries of Ishikawa, Toyama & Niigata which will run these services into the future. Photo: Kiyoshi Jinno.
Also at Takaoka, 3 years previously, the northbound Twilight Express paused on 02/06/2011. While most of the attention has been placed on the Hokutosei's retirement as the last of the real Blue Trains in Japan, this service will also be cancelled in the March timetable changes. Photo: Anthony Leith