Kintetsu Toba Line

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Kintetsu Toba Line
Model 23000 of Kintetsu Corporation.jpg
Kintetsu Ise-Shima Liner at Ujiyamada Station
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Locale Mie: Ise, Toba
Termini Ujiyamada
Toba
Stations 5
Operation
Opening March 1, 1970
Operator(s) Kintetsu
Technical
Line length 13.2 km (8.2 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Overhead, 1500V DC
Route map

All lines are Kintetsu unless otherwise noted

Osaka Namba
Osaka Uehommachi
Kyoto
Right Kashihara LineKyoto Line
Yamato-Yagi
Nagoya
Up Osaka LineRight Nagoya Line
Ise-Nakagawa
Left JR Central Sangū Line
Iseshi
JR Central Sangū Line
Up Yamada Line
0.0 Ujiyamada
Down Toba Line
Seta River
Toraoyama Tunnel
Eitaiyama Tunnel
Ise Expressway
1.9 Isuzugawa
National Route 23
Isuzu River
4.9 Asama
Shigō Signal StationClosed 1975
Shigō Tunnel
10.6 Ikenoura
National Route 42
JR Central Sangū Line
National Route 42
13.2 Toba
Down Shima Line
Kashikojima

The Kintetsu Toba Line (近鉄鳥羽線 Kintetsu Toba-sen?) is a railway line of the Japanese private railway company Kintetsu, connecting Ujiyamada Station (Ise, Mie Prefecture) and Toba Station (Toba, Mie Prefecture) in Japan. The line runs parallel to the JR Central Sangū Line.

The line connects with the Yamada Line at Ujiyamada Station and the Shima Line at Toba Station. The Yamada Line, Toba Line, and Shima Line form a single train line that begins at Ise-Nakagawa Station and serves the Ise-Shima tourist region.

History[edit]

The Toba Line was constructed in the late 1960s / early 1970s to allow Kintetsu to run limited express trains from Osaka and Nagoya as far as Kashikojima in Shima. The decision to build the line was based on Kintetsu wanting to attract visitors from among the many people attending the 1970 World's Fair in Osaka to the Ise-Shima region where Kintetsu runs a variety of tourism business enterprises, and direct rail service would largely improve the bus system that was in place at that time, thereby making it more convenient to travel there.

The final link[edit]

Originally, what are now the Osaka Line and the Yamada Line were completed in the late 1920s / early 1930s by two separate companies, but both lines came under the control of Kintetsu in the 1940s. This made possible direct rail service from Osaka to Ise (at that time called Ujiyamada), primarily used by tourists and pilgrims going to Ise Grand Shrine. Also completed in the late 1920s was what is now the Shima Line which runs from Toba to Kashikojima. This line was built by a third independent railway company and went through the ownership of various companies over the years, finally falling under the umbrella of Kintetsu in 1965.

Kintetsu now owned train lines that stretched from both Osaka and Nagoya as far as Ise (Ujiyamada Station) as well as a small disconnected line running between Toba and Shima (Kashikojima Station), however there was no Kintetsu rail link between Ise and Toba, meaning Kintetsu passengers bound for Shima had to switch from train to a bus in Ise, then back to another train in Toba to complete the journey. The first solution, implemented in the 1960s, was building a bus ramp right up to the train platform of Ujiyamada Station and running buses that were timed to match up with the arriving limited expresses from Osaka and Nagoya, allowing passengers on those trains to easily switch to the bus without leaving the station or waiting long. However, in preparation for the 1970 World's Fair, Kintetsu decided it was a good time to implement the ideal solution which was direct rail access all the way to Kashikojima; thus the Toba Line was built to provide the final link.

Construction commenced in 1968 and a single track, connecting the Yamada Line and the Shima Line, was completed in 1970 just two weeks before the World's Fair began. Trains on this single-track Toba Line waited for each other to pass at a signal station located between Asama Station and Ikenoura Station near the line's midpoint. The line was officially completed when a second track was finished in 1975, thereby allowing bi-directional travel at all times.

Timeline[edit]

  • May 1, 1968 - Construction begins.
  • December 15, 1969 - First track opens on Ujiyamada ~ Isuzugawa section.
  • March 1, 1970 - First track opens on Isuzugawa ~ Toba section. Direct service from both Osaka and Nagoya to Kashikojima begins.
  • December 25, 1971 - Second track opens on Ujiyamada ~ Isuzugawa section.
  • April 11, 1975 - Second track opens on Isuzugawa ~ Asama section.
  • December 20, 1975 - Second track opens on Asama ~ Toba section. Bi-directional service begins; Shigō Signal Station is closed.
  • May 30, 2001 - One man (conductor-less) train service begins.

Service[edit]

 LO  Local (普通 futsū)

Up For Ise-Nakagawa
Down For Toba, Kashikojima
(Locals stop at every station.)


 EX  Express (急行 kyūkō)

Up For Osaka Uehommachi; via Nabari and Yamato-Yagi (Kashihara)
Up For Nagoya; via Tsu and Yokkaichi
Down For Toba
(Expresses typically end at Ujiyamada and Isuzugawa, occasionally run all the way to Toba.)


 RE  Rapid Express (快速急行 kaisoku-kyūkō)

Up For Osaka Uehommachi; via Nabari and Yamato-Yagi (Kashihara)
Down For Toba
(Only runs mornings and evenings.)
(Rapid expresses typically end at Ujiyamada and Isuzugawa, occasionally run all the way to Toba.)


 LE  Limited Express (特急 tokkyū)

Up For Osaka Namba and Osaka Uehommachi; via Nabari and Yamato-Yagi (Kashihara)
Up For Kyoto; via Yamato-Saidaiji (Nara)
Up For Nagoya; via Tsu and Yokkaichi
Down For Toba, Kashikojima
(Seat reservations and limited express fee required.)


 NS  Non-stop Limited Express (ノンストップ特急 nonsutoppu tokkyū)

Up For Osaka Namba
Up For Nagoya
Down For Kashikojima
(Runs twice a day on weekends.)
(Seat reservations and limited express fee required.)

 SV  Premium Express Shimakaze (しまかぜ Shimakaze)[1]

Up For Osaka Namba
Up For Kyoto
Up For Nagoya
Down For Kashikojima
(Train to and from Osaka runs once a day except on Tuesday with some exceptions.)
(Train to and from Kyoto runs once a day except on Wednesday with some exceptions.)
(Train to and from Nagoya runs once a day except on Thursday with some exceptions.)
(Seat reservations, limited express fee and "Shimakaze" special vehicle fee required.)

Stations[edit]

Legend
Trains stop here
Trains stop here sometimes
| Trains do not stop here
Station Dist (km) Connections LO EX RE LE NS SV Location
Ujiyamada 宇治山田 0.0 Kintetsu: Yamada Line Ise Mie
Prefecture
Isuzugawa 五十鈴川 1.9 | |
Asama 朝熊 4.9 | | |
Ikenoura 池の浦 10.6 | | | Toba
Toba 鳥羽 13.2 JR Central: Sangū Line
Kintetsu: Shima Line

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