Karasuyama Line

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     Karasuyama Line
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Overview
Type Regional rail
System JR East
Locale Tochigi Prefecture
Termini Hōshakuji
Karasuyama
Stations 8
Operation
Opening 1923
Owner JR East
Rolling stock KiHa 40 series DMU
Technical
Line length 20.4 km (12.7 mi)
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Route map
JR Karasuyama Line Map.svg

The Karasuyama Line (烏山線 Karasuyama-sen?) is a railway line in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, owned and operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It runs from Hōshakuji in the town of Takanezawa to Karasuyama in Nasukarasuyama.

Services[edit]

Trains run approximately once every hour, traveling the entire length of the line. Some trains travel through onto the Tōhoku Main Line to Utsunomiya Station.

Stations[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
Hōshakuji 宝積寺 - 0.0 Tōhoku Main Line Takanezawa, Shioya District
Shimotsuke-Hanaoka 下野花岡 3.9 3.9  
Niita 仁井田 2.0 5.9  
Kōnoyama 鴻野山 2.4 8.3   Nasukarasuyama
Ōgane 大金 4.4 12.7  
Kobana 小塙 2.6 15.3  
Taki 2.2 17.5  
Karasuyama 烏山 2.9 20.4  

Rolling stock[edit]

Most services on the line are operated by KiHa 40 series single-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains, but from the start of the revised timetable on 15 March 2014, a new EV-E301 series two-car battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) was introduced on the Karasuyama Line and Tohoku Main Line between Utsunomiya and Karasuyama.[1] Developed from the experimental "Smart Denchi-kun" battery electric railcar also tested on this line since 2012, the EV-E301 series train is recharged at a special recharging facility built at Karasuyama Station, and operates on battery power over the non-electrified Karasuyama Line tracks.[2] The intention is to ultimately replace all of the diesel trains used on the line with new EV-E301 series battery electric units.[2]

History[edit]

Wanman driver only operation commenced on the line on 10 March 1990, using KiHa 40 series DMUs.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "烏山線でEV-E301系が営業運転を開始" [EV-E301 series enters revenue service on Karasuyama Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "JR東日本 烏山線に新型蓄電池電車導入" [JR East to introduce new battery train on Karasuyama Line]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ JR気動車客車編成表 '04年版 [JR DMU & Coaching Stock Formations - 2004]. Japan: JRR. 1 July 2004. p. 197. ISBN 4-88283-125-2. 

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