Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line

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     Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line
Konan Railway-7101.jpg
A Konan 7000 series EMU at Kuroishi Station
Native name 弘南線
Type Heavy rail passenger
Status Operational
Locale Aomori Prefecture
Termini Hirosaki
Stations 13
Opening 7 September 1927 (1927-09-07)
Owner Kōnan Railway Company
Line length 16.8 km (10.4 mi)
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 240 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 65 km/h (40 mph)

The Kōnan Line (弘南線 Kōnan-sen?) is a railway route operated by the Japanese private railway operator Kōnan Railway} in Aomori Prefecture, from Hirosaki Station in Hirosaki to Kuroishi Station in Kuroishi.

Station list[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Hirosaki 弘前 - 0.0 Ou Main Line, Gono Line Hirosaki
Hirosaki-Higashikōmae 弘前東高前 0.9 0.9  
Undōkōenmae 運動公園前 1.2 2.1  
Nisato 新里 1.5 3.6  
Tachita 館田 1.6 5.2  
Hiraka 平賀 2.3 7.5  
Hakunōkōkōmae 柏農高校前 2.0 9.5  
Tsugaru-Onoe 津軽尾上 1.6 11.1  
Onoekōkōmae 尾上高校前 1.4 12.5  
Tamboāto* 田んぼアート   Inakadate, Minamitsugaru District
Inakadate 田舎館 13.8  
Sakaimatsu 境松 1.5 15.3   Kuroishi
Kuroishi 黒石 1.5 16.8  
  • Tamboāto Station is open from April to November only.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

Rolling stock on the line consists of former Tokyu 6000 and 7000 series EMUs.[2] Ex-Nankai Railway 1521 series 4-door EMUs were also previously used, but these were withdrawn in 2008 following the discontinuation of limited-stop "Rapid" services.[2] An electric locomotive is also available for use on winter snow-clearing duties.[2]


The Kōnan Railway was founded on March 27, 1926, and began operations between Hirosaki and Tsugaru-Onoe Station on September 7, 1927.[2] By July 1, 1948, the entire line was electrified at 600 volts DC.[2] The line was extended to Kōnan-Kuroishi Station (present-day Kuroishi Station) by July 1, 1950.[2] Voltage on the line was raised to 750 volts by April 1, 1954, and to 1,500 volts by September 1, 1961.[citation needed]


A train derailed at Hiraka Station on June 12, 2007, but no injuries were reported.[citation needed]


  • Harris, Ken and Clarke, Jackie. Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group (2008). ISBN 0-7106-2861-7
  1. ^ Suga, Yoshitaka (November 2013). "弘南鉄道弘南線に「たんぼアート駅」開業" [Tamboāto Station opens on KOnan Railway Konan Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 53 (631): p.159. 
  2. ^ 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. 13. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 

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