Jōshin Dentetsu Jōshin Line

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Joshin Dentetsu Joshin Line
Joshin 1000.jpg
A Joshin Electric Railway 1000 series EMU
Overview
Locale Gunma Prefecture
Termini Takasaki
Shimonita
Stations 20
Operation
Opening 1897
Owner Joshin Electric Railway
Technical
Line length 33.7 km (20.9 mi)
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 160 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 85 km/h (55 mph)[1]

The Joshin Line (上信線 Jōshin-sen?) is a Japanese railway line in Gunma Prefecture, between Takasaki Station in Takasaki and Shimonita Station in Shimonita, operated by the private railway operator Joshin Electric Railway (上信電鉄 Joshin Dentetsu?). This is the only line operated by the company, although it also operates a few bus lines. The first section of the line opened in 1897.

Rolling stock[edit]

  • 150 series 2-car EMUs x3 (former Seibu Railway EMUs)
  • 500 series 2-car EMUs x2 (former Seibu Railway EMUs)
  • 1000 series EMUs
  • 6000 series EMUs
  • 7000 series 2-car EMU x1 (since December 2013)[2]
  • Class DeKi 1 electric locomotives DeKi 1 and 3 (built by Siemens)
  • Class ED31 electric locomotive ED31 6 (former JNR Class ED31)

The 1000 and 6000 series EMUs purchased new are unusual in having the driver's seat on the right-hand side facing the direction of travel.[1]

History[edit]

The line opened on 10 May 1897, as a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge steam-hauled railway line from Takasaki to Fukushima (present-day Jōshū-Fukushima), operated by the Kōzuke Railway (上野鉄道 Kōzuke Tetsudō?).[1] The entire line to Shimonita was opened on 25 September in the same year.[1] The line was planned to be extended southward from Shimonita to connect with the Saku Railway (present-day Koumi Line) at Haguroshita, and the owning company was accordingly renamed Joshin Electric Railway (上信電鉄 Jōshin Denki Tetsudō?) from 25 August 1921. The line was ultimately never extended, but the track was regauged to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) and electrified with an overhead wire at 1,500 V DC.[1]

Freight operations on the line were discontinued from 1 October 1994.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ "上信電鉄7000形" [Joshin Dentetsu 7000 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 54 (638): p.76-77. 2014. 

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