Enshū Railway Line

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Enshū Railway Line
Enshu-RW series1000.jpg
1000 type EMU, the "Red Train"
Overview
Native name 鉄道線 (Tetsudō-sen)
Locale Japan
Termini Shin-Hamamatsu
Nishi-Kajima
Stations 18
Operation
Opening December 6, 1909 (1909-12-06)
Operator(s) Enshū Railway
Technical
Track length 17.8 km (11.1 mi)
No. of tracks single
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 750 V DC
Shin Hamamatsu Station

The Enshū Railway Line, officially the Railway Line (鉄道線 Tetsudō-sen?), is a Japanese railway line in Shizuoka Prefecture, running north from Shin Hamamatsu, Naka Ward through Nishi Kajima, Tenryū Ward, all within Hamamatsu. This is the only railway line Enshū Railway (Entetsu) operates. The line has a nickname Nishi Kajima Line (西鹿島線 Nishi Kajima-sen?), while locals often call it Akaden (あかでん, "The Red Train"), referring to the color of the EMUs. The line accepts NicePass, a smart card ticketing system, as well as ET Card, a magnetic card ticketing system.

Railway signalling on this line is automatic.

History[edit]

The line opened as 762mm gauge in 1909, and was converted to 1067mm gauge and electrified at 600 VDC in 1923.

The voltage was increased to 750 VDC in 1961, and CTC signalling was commissioned between Nishi Kajima and Hachiman in 1967, and extended to Shin Hamamatsu in 1974.

Freight services ceased in 1976.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Hamakita station - The Far West Railway Co. opened a 4 km 762mm gauge line to Miyaguchi in 1924, and merged with the Enshu Railway Co. in 1928. The line closed in 1937.

Stations[edit]

All stations are within Hamamatsu, Shizuoka.

Station Distance
(km)
Transfers Location
Shin-Hamamatsu 新浜松 0.0 JR: Tōkaidō Main Line, Tōkaidō Shinkansen (both at Hamamatsu) Naka Ward
Dai-Ichi Dōri 第一通り 0.5
Enshū Byōin 遠州病院 0.8
Hachiman 八幡 1.6
Sukenobu 助信 2.4
Hikuma 曳馬 3.4
Kamijima 上島 4.5
Jidōsha-Gakkō-Mae 自動車学校前 5.3 Higashi Ward
Saginomiya さぎの宮 6.6
Sekishi 積志 7.8
Enshū-Nishigasaki 遠州西ヶ崎 9.2
Enshū-Komatsu 遠州小松 10.2 Hamakita Ward
Hamakita 浜北 11.2
Misono-Chūō-kōen 美薗中央公園 12.0
Enshū-Kobayashi 遠州小林 13.3
Enshū-Shibamoto 遠州芝本 15.0
Enshū-Gansuiji 遠州岩水寺 16.3
Nishi-Kajima 西鹿島 17.8 Tenryū Hamanako Railroad: Tenryū Hamanako Line Tenryū Ward

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

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