Abukuma Express Line

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Abukuma Express Line
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Abukuma Express train at Abukuma Station, August 2006
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Status Operational
Locale Tohoku region
Termini Fukushima
Tsukinoki
Stations 23
Operation
Opening 1968
Owner Abukuma Express
Technical
Line length 54.9 km (34.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 500 m
Electrification 20 kV AC (50 Hz) overhead catenary
Operating speed 95 km/h (60 mph)[1]

The Abukuma Express Line (阿武隈急行線 Abukuma Kyūkō sen?) is a railway line in Japan, owned and operated by the third sector operator AbukumaExpress. The line runs between Fukushima Station in Fukushima Prefecture and Tsukinoki Station in Miyagi Prefecture. Both of these stations are also on the Tōhoku Main Line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Station list[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Fukushima 福島 0.0 Tōhoku Main Line, Tōhoku Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line, Yamagata Shinkansen, Iizaka Line Fukushima Fukushima Prefecture
Oroshimachi 卸町 5.6
Fukushima Gakuin-mae 福島学院前 6.5
Senoue 瀬上 7.5
Mukaisenoue 向瀬上 8.6
Takako Station 高子 10.1 Date
Kamihobara 上保原 11.5
Hobara 保原 12.8
Ōizumi 大泉 13.9
Niida 二井田 15.4
Nitta 新田 17.0
Yanagawa 梁川 18.3
Yanagawa Kibōnomori Kōen-mae やながわ希望の森公園前 20.0
Tomino 富野 22.1
Kabuto 25.2
Abukuma あぶくま 29.4 Marumori Miyagi Prefecture
Marumori 丸森 37.5
Kita-Marumori 北丸森 39.2
Minami-Kakuda 南角田 41.6 Kakuda
Kakuda 角田 43.3
Yokokura 横倉 45.2
Oka 47.7
Higashi-Funaoka 東船岡 51.3 Shibata
Tsukinoki 槻木 54.9 Tōhoku Main Line

History[edit]

The line first opened on 1 April 1968 as the Marumori Line (丸森線?), operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) between Tsukino and Marumori.[1] The original plan was to create a bypass route to relieve overcrowding on the Tōhoku Main Line, but work to extend the line was suspended following the quadrupling of tracks on the Tōhoku Main Line.[1]

In September 1981, the line was proposed for possible closure.[1]

Ownership of the line was transferred to the third-sector Abukuma Express operator from 1 July 1986, initially using former JNR KiHa 22 diesel trains.[1]

The entire line was opened and electrified between Tsukino and Fukushima from 1 July 1988.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 

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