Nagano Electric Railway

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Logo of Nagano Electric Railway
1000 series train on a Yukemuri limited express service
8500 series EMU

The Nagano Electric Railway (長野電鉄 Nagano Dentetsu?) is a private railway based in Nagano, Japan. The company and its line are commonly referred to as Nagaden (長電?). It originally operated three lines, but only the Nagano Line between Nagano — Suzaka — Shinshū-Nakano — Yudanaka remains in service

History[edit]

The original Nagano Electric Railway was built in 1926 connecting Gondō in Nagano City with Suzaka, electrified at 1500 VDC. Later that year, the company absorbed the operations of Katō Railway, which operated a line on the east bank of the Chikuma River from Yashiro through Suzaka to Kijima, with the Gongo - Yoshida section being duplicated. The following year an additional line was constructed from Shinshū-Nakano to Yudanaka, and in 1928 the line was extended to Nagano Station as dual track.

The Yoshida - Asahi section was duplicated in 1956, and freight services ceased in 1979. CTC signalling was commissioned between Yudanaka and Asahi in 1980, and extended to Nagano in 1984.

The section from Nagano to Zenkōjishita was converted to an underground railway in 1981.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Suzaka station - The Kato Railway Co. opened a 24km line to Yashiro on the (now) Shinano Railway Line in 1922, electrified it at 1500 VDC in January 1926, and merged with the Nagano Electric Railway Co. in September the same year. CTC signalling was commissioned on the line in 1983, but due to falling patronage the line closed on 31 March 2012.[1]
  • Shinshū-Nakano station - The Kato Railway Co. opened the 13km line to Kijima in 1925 and electrified it at 1500 VDC the following year. Freight services ceased in 1979 and CTC signalling was commissioned on the line in 1980, but due to falling patronage the line closed in 2002.

Operations[edit]

The Nagano Line has frequent local and express services. It is a major route for commuter traffic in Nagano City and also serves as a link for tourists going to the town of Obuse, the hot springs at Yudanaka, and the ski resorts at Shiga Kōgen.

Rolling stock[edit]

  • 1000 series 4-car EMUs (2 sets)
Ex-Odakyū 10000 series HiSE sets for Limited express "A" (Yukemuri) services. Entered service from 9 December 2006.
For Limited express "B" services. (1957–August 2011)
Ex-253 series sets for Snow Monkey limited express services. Entered service from 26 February 2011.
  • 3500 series 2-car EMUs (14 sets) and 3600 series 3-car EMUs (3 sets)
Ex-TRTA 3000 series sets for local services. Introduced in 1993.
  • 8500 series 3-car EMUs (6 sets)
Ex-Tokyu 8500 series sets for local services. Introduced in 2005.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

  1. ^ 長野電鉄屋代線が廃止される [Nagano Electric Railway Yashiro Line Closes]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "東急8500系と田園都市線のあゆみ" [Tokyu 8500 series and the History of the Denentoshi Line]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbunsha) 38 (301): 12–21. May 2009. 

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