Hokuriku Railroad Asanogawa Line

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Asanogawa Line
Hokutetsu-8800.JPG
Hokuriku Railway 8800 series EMU heading for Kanazawa Station
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Ishikawa Prefecture
Termini Hokutetsu-Kanazawa
Uchinada
Stations 12
Operation
Opening 1925
Owner Hokuriku Railway
Technical
Line length 6.8 km (4.23 mi)
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification 1500 V DC

The Asanogawa Line (浅野川線 Asanogawa-sen?) is a Japanese railway line which connects Kanazawa Station in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture with Uchinada Station in Uchinada, Ishikawa Prefecture. It is owned and operated by Hokuriku Railroad. Due to its history as the former Asanogawa Electric Railway, the line is often referred to as the Asaden (浅電?).

Service[edit]

All trains make the run from Hokutetsu-Kanazawa to Uchinada once every 30 minutes during the day, and once every 22-24 minutes during peak periods. The trip takes 17 minutes

Until December 2006, there was express service which stopped at Kami-Moroe, Waridashi, Mitsuya, and Kagatsuma; the trip took 14 minutes.

History[edit]

  • May 10, 1925: Asanogawa Electric Railway opens Nanatsuya — Shin-Susaki section
  • May 18, 1926: Kanazawa-Ekimae (now Hokutetsu-Kanazawa) — Nanatsuya section opens
  • July 14, 1929: Shin-Sumachi — Awagasaki-Yūen-Mae (now Uchinada) — Awagasaki-Kaigan section opens
  • February 11, 1945: Awagasaki-Yūen-Mae — Awagasaki-Kaigan section closes
  • October 1, 1945: Hokuriku Railway absorbs Asanogawa Electric Railway; line becomes Asanogawa Line
  • April 21, 1946: Mitsuya Station renamed Tsuribashi Station
  • 1952: Awagasaki-Yūen-Mae — Awagasaki-Kaigan section reopens
  • July 5, 1956: Hokutetsu-Kanazawa Station moved due to expansion of Kanazawa Station plaza
  • May 14, 1960: Awagasaki-Yūen-Mae Station moves 0.1 km, renamed to Uchinada Station
  • June 30, 1961: Shin-Susaki Station closes
  • April 1, 1972: Freight operations end
  • July 8, 1974: Uchinada — Awagasaki-Kaigan section closes
  • November 26, 1974: Tsuribashi Station renamed Mitsuya Station
  • December 19, 1996: Catenary voltage increased from 600 V to 1500 V DC; Driver-only operation begins
  • March 28, 2001: Hokutetsu-Kanazawa — Nanatsuya section moved underground; ATS system begins operation
  • December 1, 2006: Express service abolished

Rolling stock[edit]

Hokuriku Railway uses ten 8000 series (formerly Keio 3000 series) railcars on the Asanogawa Line. They are typically run in paired sets.

Stations[edit]

All stations located in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
Stations
Total
Hokutetsu-Kanazawa 北鉄金沢駅 - 0.0 JR West: Hokuriku Main Line (Kanazawa) Kanazawa
Nanatsuya 七ツ屋駅 0.6 0.6  
Kami-Moroe 上諸江駅 0.9 1.5  
Isobe 磯部駅 0.7 2.2  
Waridashi 割出駅 0.6 2.8  
Mitsukuchi 三口駅 0.5 3.3  
Mitsuya 三ツ屋駅 0.6 3.9  
Ōkobata 大河端駅 0.6 4.5  
Kitama 北間駅 0.6 5.1  
Kagatsume 蚊爪駅 0.4 5.5  
Awagasaki 粟ヶ崎駅 0.8 6.3   Uchinada, Kahoku District
Uchinada 内灘駅 0.5 6.8