Sagami Railway Main Line

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Not to be confused with Sagami Line.
Sagami Railway Main Line
Sotetsu train between Yokohama and Hiranumabashi.jpg
A Sagami railway 8000 series train approaching Yokohama
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Locale Kanagawa Prefecture
Termini Yokohama
Ebina
Stations 18
Daily ridership 566,657 (FY2010)[1]
Operation
Owner Sagami Railway
Depot(s) Kashiwadai
Technical
Line length 24.6 km (15.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 100 km/h (60 mph)

The Sagami Railway Main Line (相鉄本線 Sōtetsu Honsen?), also known as the Sōtetsu line, is a railway line in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Sagami Railway (Sōtetsu). It connects Yokohama and Ebina.

Services[edit]

In addition to all-stations "Local" services, Sotetsu operates two types of rapid service on the line. One is "Rapid" (快速 Kaisoku?) shown in green on signboards and maps, between Yokohama and Shōnandai on the Sagami Railway Izumino Line. The other is "Express" (急行 Kyūkō?) indicated in red, between Yokohama and Ebina on the Main Line.

A link is under construction from Nishiya Station to a new station at Hazawa on the JR Freight Tokaido Line, enabling through services to and from the Tokaido Line. Completion is scheduled for March 2015. A further approximately 10 km extension is also planned from Hazawa to Shin-Yokohama and Hiyoshi on the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line to allow through services to and from Shibuya in Tokyo from March 2019.[2]

Stations[edit]

  • "Local" services stop at all stations.
  • S: stop
  • R: Rapid
  • E: Express
  • L: Limited Express
Station Japanese Distance (km) R E L Transfers Location
Yokohama 横浜 0.0 S S S Tokaido Main Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Negishi Line, Yokosuka Line
Tōkyū Tōyoko Line
Keikyu Main Line
Yokohama City Transportation Bureau: Yokohama municipal subway line 3 (Blue Line)
Minatomirai Line
Nishi-ku, Yokohama Kanagawa Prefecture
Hiranumabashi 平沼橋 0.9      
Nishi-Yokohama 西横浜 1.8      
Tennochō 天王町 2.4       Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama
Hoshikawa 星川 3.3 S    
Wadamachi 和田町 4.3      
Kamihoshikawa 上星川 5.0      
Nishiya 西谷 6.9      
Tsurugamine 鶴ヶ峰 8.5 S     Asahi-ku, Yokohama
Futamatagawa 二俣川 10.5 S S S Izumino Line
Kibōgaoka 希望ヶ丘 12.2 S S  
Mitsukyō 三ツ境 13.6 S S   Seya-ku, Yokohama
Seya 瀬谷 15.5 S S  
Yamato 大和 17.4 S S S Odakyu Enoshima Line Yamato
Sagami-Ōtsuka 相模大塚 19.3 S S  
Sagamino さがみ野 20.5 S S   Ebina
Kashiwadai かしわ台 21.8 S S  
Ebina 海老名 24.6 S S S Odakyu Odawara Line
Sagami Line

Rolling stock[edit]

Non-revenue-earning stock[edit]

  • 2000 series
  • ED10 electric locomotives

History[edit]

The line opened 12 May 1926 as the steam-operated Jinchu Railway (神中鉄道 Jinchū Tetsudō?) between Futamatagawa and Atsugi (on the present-day Sagami Line).[3] The line was extended from Futamatagawa to Yokohama in December 1933, and from the former station at Sagami-Kokubu (相模国分?) (now closed) in November 1941.[3]

The line became the Sagami Railway Jinchu Line (相模鉄道神中線?) from 1 April 1943.[3]

Work to electrify the line commenced in June 1942, with the entire line between Yokohama and Ebina electrified by 20 September 1944.[3]

Work to double-track the line commenced in January 1957 between Yokohama and Nishi-Yokohama. The entire line was double-tracked by March 1974.[3]

The first air-conditioned trains (4-car 6000 series EMUs) were introduced on the line on 3 July 1971.[3]

10-car trains started operating on the line from 6 April 1981.[3]

Station ticket barriers were modified to allow use of the Passnet magnetic farecard from 1 October 2000.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sagami Railway station ridership in 2010 Train Media (sourced from Sagami Railway) Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  2. ^ 相鉄・東急:乗り入れ認可 沿線開発に期待、新幹線アクセスも向上 /神奈川 [Sotetsu-Tokyu inter-running approved]. Mainichi.jp (in Japanese). Japan: The Mainichi Newspapers. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 74/217. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.