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A 721 series EMU on an Airport rapid service at Minami-Chitose Station
|Type||Airport rail link
|Line length||56.6 km (35.2 mi)|
|No. of tracks||Double|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||20 kV AC, overhead catenary|
Chitose Line (千歳線 Chitose-sen?) is a railway line in Hokkaido operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), connecting Numanohata, Tomakomai and Shiroishi Station, Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo, linking the Muroran Main Line and Hakodate Main Line. There also is a branch line to New Chitose Airport.
The line forms part of the trunk route between Sapporo and southern Hokkaido. As such, Super Hokuto and Hokuto limited express trains run between Sapporo and Hakodate once every 1 to 2 hours, as well as the Suzuran between Sapporo and Muroran.
The rapid train Airport runs once every 15 minutes, functioning as the airport rail link between New Chitose Airport Station and Sapporo, Otaru, or Asahikawa. Since the Chitose Line goes through the most urbanized area in Hokkaido, there are roughly 3 to 4 local train services per an hour.
- L: Local
- R: Rapid
- All the trains stop at stations signed "+". Some trains stop at "*". No trains (other than local) stop at "-".
|No.||Station name||Japanese||Distance (km)||L||R||Transfers||Location (all in Hokkaido)|
|Muroran Main Line|
|H18||Tomakomai||苫小牧||-8.8||+||Hidaka Main Line||Tomakomai|
|H17||Numanohata||沼ノ端||0.0||+||■ Chitose Line|
|Chitose Line (Main Line)|
|H17||Numanohata||沼ノ端||0.0||+||■ Muroran Main Line||Tomakomai|
|H14||Minami-Chitose||南千歳||18.4||+||+||■ Chitose Line (Shin-Chitose-Kūkō Branch Line), ■ Sekishō Line|
|H11||Sapporo Beer Teien||サッポロビール庭園||27.1||*||-||Eniwa|
|H05||Shin-Sapporo||新札幌||51.5||+||+||Sapporo Subway: ■ Tōzai Line (T19)|
|H03||Shiroishi||白石||56.6||+||*||■ Hakodate Main Line|
|Hakodate Main Line|
|H03||Shiroishi||白石||56.6||+||*||■ Chitose Line||Shiroishi, Sapporo|
|01||Sapporo||札幌||62.4||+||+||Hokkaido Shinkansen (planned), ■ Sasshō Line (Gakuentoshi Line)
Sapporo Subway: ■ Namboku Line (N06), ■ Tōhō Line (H07)
|Chitose Line (Shin-Chitose-Kūkō Branch Line)|
|H14||Minami-Chitose||南千歳||0.0||+||+||■ Chitose Line (Main Line), ■ Sekishō Line||Chitose|
|AP15||Shin-Chitose-Kūkō (New Chitose Airport)||新千歳空港||2.6||+||+|
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The entire line opened on 21 August 1926. The Chitose-Eniwa section was double-tracked in September 1965, and extended to Kitahiroshima in September 1966.
The Chitose-Uenae section was double-tracked in 1968, and extended to Numanohata in 1969. The Shiraishi-Kitahiroshima section was double-tracked in 1973, completing the work to double-track the line. Chitose Station and its approaches were elevated in 1980, and the line was electrified in association with the opening of the nearby Chitose airport.
The Minami (translates as South) Chitose - Chitose Airport branch opened as an electrified line in 1992.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia