The interconnection of mayor railway networks in south-western part of the Great Tokyo Area continues. This time the Sagami and Tōkyū private railways have met through a new Sōtetsu Tōkyū Link Line.
The sole EMU in the fleet was built in 1990 to serve excursion services operated on the 1,435 mm gauge part of the Kintetsu railway network. Now it is ready to offer more comfort.
On 25 January 2020 JR West introduced a new night train, which is planned to connect Kyoto and Osaka with Izumo by two pairs of trains weekly.