Limited Express Soya 52D from Asahikawa to Sapporo
Limited Express Soya is a once-daily pair of trains between Sapporo and Wakkanai. After my Asahikawa Ramen dinner in Asahikawa, I headed back to Asahikawa Station for a bit of trainspotting and to catch the Limited Express Soya back from Asahikawa to Sapporo. With this, I would also be completing taking all 4 limited express trains on the Hakodate Main Line Sapporo-Asahikawa sector.
The façade of Asahikawa Station at night.
Heading through the ticket gates to the platform.
I have about 45 minutes for trainspotting before the departure of Limited Express Soya 52D from Asahikawa at 9.30pm to Sapporo.
Notice that there is no train number for the Limited Express Soya listed here, because there is only 1 Limited Express Soya train a day from Wakkanai to Sapporo. As such, to include a train number, I am using the operational train number of 52D for this article.
KiHa 261 series DMU
My Limited Express Soya 52D arrived at Asahikawa Station at 9.28pm – 2 minutes delayed.
The branding of HET 261 (Hokkaido Express Train) still remains.
Boarding the KiHa 261 series DMU at the non-reserved seat car with my JR Hokkaido Sapporo-Furano Area Pass.
Ordinary Non-Reserved Seat
The Limited Express Soya 52D was quite empty, and I had lots of empty seats around.
The legroom available on board the Limited Express Soya.
A tray table is provided at the seat back.
The window ledge allows you to place cans or bottles of drinks on it.
My Limited Express Soya 52D departed from Asahikawa Station at 9.31pm – 1 minute delayed.
Yeah, night pictures are not very possible with the reflection on the windows.
After departure from Asahikawa Station, the conductor made his rounds to check for tickets.
A wide wheelchair-accessible toilet is available on board.
Ordinary Reserved Seat
There is no seat type difference between the Ordinary Non-Reserved Seat and Ordinary Reserved Seat on board the Limited Express Soya, other than the colour of the seat.
A Green Car is available, but it had passengers facing directly at me, so I didn’t take a picture of the interior.
An empty counter is located at the Green Car, most likely for previous catering services which are no longer available.
The Limited Express Soya 52D from Asahikawa only stops at Fukagawa, Takikawa, Iwamizawa, and Sapporo where it terminates.
It was getting really difficult to take photos out of the window with the darkness all around.
Approaching Sapporo with Sapporo Esta Shopping Center popping out.
My Limited Express Soya arrived at Sapporo Station at 11.08pm – 11 minutes delayed.
The off-service Okhotsk 4 which I had spotted at Asahikawa had arrived at the platform just beside.
Disembarking from the almost-empty Limited Express Soya 52D.
The aisle to the cab is blocked off with a rope.
The Limited Express Soya KiHa 261 DMU at Sapporo Station.
The headboard of the Limited Express Soya.
The destination sign changed to out of service immediately.
The station sign of Sapporo Station.
A better view of the Limited Express Soya KiHa 261 DMU from the opposite platform.
The cab livery of the Limited Express Soya KiHa 261 DMU.
Heading out of the empty ticket gates.
Heading out of Sapporo Station.
The façade of Sapporo Station at night.
The Limited Express Soya 52D from Asahikawa to Sapporo was a comfortable ride since the train was quite empty. I was surprised at the emptiness, though the late arrival time in Sapporo could be playing a part for passengers coming from Wakkanai, with them choosing the afternoon Limited Express Sarobetsu 4 and Limited Express Lilac 36 combination instead.
With this Limited Express Soya 52D train ride from Asahikawa to Sapporo, I have completed joyriding on all 4 limited express trains on the Hakodate Main Line Sapporo-Asahikawa sector.