Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line
|Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line|
A Konan 7000 series EMU at Kuroishi Station
|Type||Heavy rail passenger|
|Opening||7 September 1927|
|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.
|Hirosaki||弘前||-||0.0||Ou Main Line, Gono Line||Hirosaki|
|Tamboāto*||田んぼアート||Inakadate, Minamitsugaru District|
- Tamboāto Station is open from April to November only.
Rolling stock on the line consists of former Tokyu 6000 and 7000 series EMUs. Ex-Nankai Railway 1521 series 4-door EMUs were also previously used, but these were withdrawn in 2008 following the discontinuation of limited-stop "Rapid" services. An electric locomotive is also available for use on winter snow-clearing duties.
The Kōnan Railway was founded on March 27, 1926, and began operations between Hirosaki and Tsugaru-Onoe Station on September 7, 1927. By July 1, 1948, the entire line was electrified at 600 volts DC. The line was extended to Kōnan-Kuroishi Station (present-day Kuroishi Station) by July 1, 1950. Voltage on the line was raised to 750 volts by April 1, 1954, and to 1,500 volts by September 1, 1961.
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- Konan Railway website (Japanese)