Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line
|Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line|
|Daily ridership||221,098  (2008)|
|Opening||September 1, 1944(as it is today)|
|Owner||Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu)|
|Line length||99.8 km (62.01 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||Overhead catenary 1500V DC|
|Operating speed||120 km/h (75 mph)|
|Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line|
The Nagoya Main Line (名古屋本線 Nagoya Honsen?) is a railway line operated by Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu), between Toyohashi Station, Toyohashi and Meitetsu Gifu, Gifu. All the stations accept Tranpass, a prepaid magnetic card.
The line is the main line of the operator. The line has rivaled Tōkaidō Main Line in the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area (Greater Nagoya). Local traffic on the Nagoya Line used to be much heavier than on the Tōkaidō Main Line, but since the privatization of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), transforming into the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) in this area, competition has become much stronger in the Chūkyō area into the competition became much more fierce.
Due to historical reasons, the line shares its track between Hirai Signal Box and Toyohashi Station with the JR Iida Line. The agreement between two companies prohibits Meitetsu to have more than 6 trains in one direction per hour on the 3.8 km of shared tracks. Consequently, local trains are unable to reach Toyohashi, instead, terminate at Ina Station.
Many branch lines of Meitetsu have through services to/from the Nagoya Line. Toyokawa, Nishio, Tokoname (which has its through services with Airport, Kōwa, Chita), and Inuyama lines all have through services bound for Meitetsu Nagoya, making the segment around the station extremely busy. Between Biwajima Junction and Kanayama, 26 trains go through per hour, even during less busy daytime services.
- Distance: 99.8 km (approx. 62.0 mi.)
- Stations: 60
- Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft. 6 in.)
- Quadruple: Jingū-mae to Kanayama
- Double: Hirai Signal Box to Jingū-mae, Kanayama to Kanō
- Single: Toyohashi to Hirai Signal Box (A shared track with JR Iida Line, virtually double-tracked), Kanō to Meitetsu-Gifu (Only a short section right before Meitetsu-Gifu.)
- Electric supply: 1,500 V DC
- Block system: Automatic
- Maximum speed at service: 120 km/h (85 km/h between Toyohashi and Hirai Signal Box.)
Abbreviations are tentative for this article.
- Lo: Local (普通 Futsū?)
- SE: Semi Express (準急 Junkyū?)
- Ex: Express (急行 Kyūkō?)
- RE: Rapid Express (快速急行 Kaisoku Kyūkō?)
- LE: Limited Express (特急 Tokkyū?)
- RL: Rapid Limited Express (快速特急 Kaisoku Tokkyū?)
- MU: μSKY Limited Express (ミュースカイ Myū Sukai?)
For abbreviations of rapid trains, refer to the above section. For distances and connections, see the route diagram.
For distances and transfers, see the route diagram.
- 1: Some trains of the marked line directly go through Nagoya Line bound for Meitetsu-Nagoya.
- 2: All trains of Inuyama line directly go through Nagoya Line bound for Meitetsu-Nagoya.
- 2: Some trains of Takehana line directly go through Nagoya Line bound for Meitetsu-Gifu.
- 各鉄軌道会社のご案内 (Report). Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. http://wwwtb.mlit.go.jp/chubu/tetudo/tetudouhp.htm. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- 曽根, 悟 (September 2010), 週刊朝日百科, 週刊歴史でめぐる鉄道全路線 (in Japanese) (Japan: Asahi Shimbun Publications, Inc.) (8): 3, ISBN 978-4-02-340138-9