Aichi Loop Line
|Aichi Loop Line|
Local train at Yakusa Station
|Opening||31 January 1988|
|Operator(s)||Aichi Loop Railway|
|Rolling stock||Aichi Loop Railway 2000 series|
|Line length||45.3 km (28.1 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (70 mph)|
The Aichi Loop Line (愛知環状鉄道線 Aichi Kanjō Tetsudō-sen?, "Aichi Loop Railway Line") is a Japanese railway line between Okazaki Station in Okazaki and Kōzōji Station in Kasugai, operated by the Aichi Loop Railway (愛知環状鉄道 Aichi Kanjō Tetsudō?). The company or the line is abbreviated as Aikan (愛環?). This is the only line the company operates. Despite its name, the line is not a true loop, but a north-south line east to central Nagoya, which can be considered as an unclosed loop.
The Aichi Loop Railway is a third sector company, with shares held by public sector such as Aichi Prefecture, the city of Toyota, and also by private companies. Unlike typical third-sector lines in Japan, the Aichi Loop Line makes a profit, since the line functions as a commuter rail line for nearby Toyota Motor factories.
- Operators, distances:
- Double: Naka-Okazaki - Kita-Okazaki, Kitano-Masuzuka - Mikawa-Kamigō, Mikawa-Toyota - Shin-Toyota, Setoshi - Kōzōji
- Single: the rest
- Railway signalling: Automatic (ATS-ST)
There is no rapid service. All trains stop at every station. Two trains per an hour run during the daytime, increased to three or four per hour in the morning and evening peaks.
- All stations are located in Aichi Prefecture.
- Trains can pass each other at stations marked "◇", "^", and "v".
|01||Okazaki||岡崎||-||0.0||Tōkaidō Main Line||｜||Okazaki|
|03||Naka-Okazaki||中岡崎||1.7||3.4||Meitetsu Nagoya Line (Okazaki-Kōen-Mae)||^|
|11||Shin-Uwagoromo||新上挙母||1.7||17.6||Meitetsu Mikawa Line (Uwagoromo)||∥|
|12||Shin-Toyota||新豊田||1.9||19.5||Meitetsu Mikawa Line (Toyotashi)||v|
|21||Setoshi||瀬戸市||2.4||39.1||Meitetsu Seto Line (Shin-Seto)||^|
|23||Kōzōji||高蔵寺||3.4||45.3||Chūō Main Line[* 1]||∥||Kasugai|
- (some trains through to/from Nagoya)
The first section of the line, between Okazaki and Kitano-Masuzuka, originally opened in 1970 as the Okata Line (岡多線?), a freight rail line of Japanese National Railways (JNR). The section between Kitano-Masuzuka and Shin-Toyota was extended and the whole line started a passenger service in 1976. Another part of the line, between Setoshi and Kōzōji, was originally planned as the JNR Seto Line, a once-cancelled freight line. The Okata Line, merged with the planned Seto Line route and the link between two, was renamed the Aichi Loop Line in 1988. The newly founded Aichi Loop Line Company took over the line from Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), with services starting on 31 January 1988.
- List of railway lines in Japan
- Tokai Transport Service Johoku Line
- Musashino Line, semi-closed outer loop around Tokyo
- Osaka Higashi Line, Osaka counterpart
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- Official website (Japanese)