Nagaragawa Railway Etsumi-Nan Line
Nagaragawa Railway Nagara 3 Series train
|Line length||72.1 km (44.80 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Etsumi-Nan Line (越美南線 Etsumi Nansen?, "Etsumi South Line") is a Japanese railway line in Gifu Prefecture, connecting Mino-Ōta, Minokamo and Hokunō, Gujō. This is the only railway line Nagaragawa Railway (長良川鉄道 Nagaragawa Tetsudō?) operates. The line was originally operated by Japanese National Railways. JNR planned to connect Etsumi-Nan Line and Etsumi-Hoku Line ("Etsumi North Line"), but the plan was never realized. The north line was later succeeded by JR West, while the south line was taken by Nagaragawa Railway, a newly founded third sector company, in 1986. As the company name suggests, the line runs along Nagara River (長良川 Nagaragawa?). Because of the declining population and frequent natural disasters (such as typhoons or snow falls), it is in significant financial distress.
The Mino-Ota - Mino-Shi section opened in 1923, and the line was then progressively extended, reaching Hokuno in 1934.
Freight services ceased in 1974.
Former connecting lines
- Seki station - The Meitetsu 19km line to Gifu-Yanagi, electrified at 600 VDC, operated between 1911 and 2005.
- Mino-Shi station - A 6km branch from the abovementioned Meitetsu line to Mino, electrified at 600 VDC, operated from 1923 to 1999, connected at this station.
- Distance: 72.1 km / 44.8 mi.
- Gauge: 1,067 mm / 3 ft. 6 in.
- Stations: 38
- Double-track line: None
- Electric supply: Not electrified
- Railway signalling:
- Mino-Ōta — Mino-Shirotori: Simplified automatic
- Mino-Shirotori — Hokunō: Staff token
|Mino-Ōta||美濃太田駅||-||0.0||JR Central: Taita Line, Takayama Main Line||Minokamo||Gifu|
|Tomika||富加駅||2.2||5.9||Tomika, Kamo District|
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- (Japanese) Nagaragawa Railway official website
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