Kanto Railway KiHa 2300 series DMU
|Line length||51.1 km|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||290 m|
|Operating speed||80 km/h|
In fiscal 1999, the Jōsō Line carried an annual total of 14.16 million passengers (38,000 per day), making it the busiest non-electrified private line in Japan.
The Jōsō Railway Co. opened the line on 1 November 1913. In 1945 the company merged with the Tsukuba Railway Co. to form the Jōsō Tsukuba Railway Co., which merged with the Kanto Railway Co. in 1965.
Freight services ceased in 1974, and CTC signalling was commissioned between Shimodate and Mitsukaide in 1978/79.
Originally all single-track, 17.5 kilometres (11 mi) of the line was doubled between Toride and Mitsukaidō by 15 November 1984.
Former connecting lines
- Otago station - The Kinegawa Gravel Co. opened a 6km freight-only line to Chikusei in 1923. The line was acquired by the Jōsō Railway Co. in 1927, and passengers services commenced the same year. In 1957 passenger services ceased, and the line closed in 1964.
- KiHa 0 series (ex-JNR KiHa 20)
- KiHa 100 series (driver-only-operation version of KiHa 300)
- KiHa 300 series (ex-JNR KiHa 30)
- KiHa 310 series (ex-JNR KiHa 16/17)
- KiHa 350 series (ex-JNR KiHa 35/36)
- KiHa 2100 series (introduced 1993)
- KiHa 2200 series (introduced 1997)
- KiHa 2300 series (introduced 2000)
- KiHa 2400 series (introduced 2004)
- KiHa 5000 series (introduced 2009)
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This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- Hisakyu's Railway Guide (Go to "North Kanto" and "Kanto Railway").
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