Tobu Ogose Line

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     Tobu Ogose Line
Tobu 8000 Sakado 20060901.JPG
Ogose Line 8000 series EMU at Sakado station, September 2006
Overview
Native name 東武越生線
Type Commuter rail
Locale Saitama Prefecture
Termini Sakado
Ogose
Stations 8
Operation
Opening 1932
Owner Tobu Railway
Depot(s) None
Rolling stock Tobu 8000 series
Technical
Line length 10.9 km (6.8 mi)
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 205 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 90 km/h (55 mph)[1]
Route map
0.0 SakadoTobu Tojo Line
Kan-Etsu Expressway
2.8 Ippommatsu
Ōya
Nishi-Ōya Junction
Nippon Cement line
4.4 Nishi-Ōya
Morito
Komagawa River
5.6 Kawakado
7.6 Bushū-Nagase
8.6 Higashi-Moro
9.4 Bushū-Karasawa
10.9 Ogose
Hachiko Line

The Tobu Ogose Line (東武越生線 Tōbu Ogose-sen?) is a 10.9 km mostly single-track branchline in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway. It runs from Sakado Station on the Tobu Tojo Line to Ogose Station, connecting with the JR East Hachikō Line.[1]

Service outline[edit]

Service consists of four trains per hour in each direction during the daytime, increased to six trains per hour in the morning and evening peak periods.[2] Services are formed of 4-car 8000 series electric multiple unit (EMU) trains.

Stations[edit]

No. Name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
TJ-26 Sakado 坂戸 0.0 Tobu Tojo Line Sakado Saitama Prefecture
TJ-41 Ippommatsu 一本松 2.8   Tsurugashima
TJ-42 Nishi-Ōya 西大家 4.4 Sakado
TJ-43 Kawakado 川角 5.6 Moroyama
TJ-44 Bushū-Nagase 武州長瀬 7.6
TJ-45 Higashi-Moro 東毛呂 8.6
TJ-46 Bushū-Karasawa 武州唐沢 9.4 Ogose
TJ-47 Ogose 越生 10.9 Hachikō Line

Closed stations[edit]

  • Ōya Station (大家駅?), between Ippommatsu and Nishi-Ōya stations. Closed in 1945.[3]

Rolling stock[edit]

Since June 2008, all Ogose Line services are formed of 4-car 8000 series EMU trains. 7300 series EMUs were used up until 1984,[4] 7800 series EMUs were used up until 1985, 5000 series EMUs were used until 1990, and 10030 series and 10050 series EMUs were also used alongside the 8000 series trains until the start of driver-only operation in June 2008.

History[edit]

The line first opened as a freight line between Sakado and the Komagawa River (later Morito Station (森戸駅?)) on 17 February 1932. The line was extended from Morito to Ogose on 16 December 1934, from which date passenger services also commenced. The line was electrified in July 1950 at 1,500 V DC.[1]

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1959, the first use of this system by the Tobu company.[citation needed] Freight services ceased in 1984, and in 1987, the Higashi-Moro to Bushu-Karasawa section was duplicated.[citation needed]

Through trains to and from Ikebukuro and Kawagoeshi on the Tojo Line operated until the 1970s. Between 1996 and 2003, a special direct Ogose Kanbai (越生観梅号?) train was operated between Ikebukuro and Ogose on certain weekends in February during the ume blossom viewing season. This train initially ran non-stop from Ikebukuro to Ogose (with a driver change at Sakado), but, in subsequent years, included stops at Asakadai and Kawagoe. From 2004 until 2007, regular scheduled trains on the Ogose Line were decorated with an Ogose Kanbai headboard for one day during March.

The Ogose Line switched to driver-only operation from the start of the revised timetable on 14 June 2008.[5] The start of driver-only operation also involved the installation of platform edge sensors at all stations on the Ogose Line.[6]

From 17 March 2012, station numbering was introduced on all Tobu lines. Tobu Tojo Line and Ogose Line stations were numbered prefixed with the letters "TJ".[7]

Former connecting lines[edit]

Site of the former Nishi-Oya Junction, with the trackbed of the former freight spur branching off to the left, July 2013

A freight-only line serving the Nippon Cement works in Hidaka operated from 1963 until 1984, using a spur track which branched off from the line at Nishi-Ōya Junction, to the east of Nishi-Ōya Station.[3][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 57/197. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 
  2. ^ "Tobu Tojo Line Timetable", published March 2013
  3. ^ a b Yajima, Shuichi (1 July 2013). 東武東上線 街と駅の1世紀 [Tobu Tojo Line - A Century of Towns and Stations]. Tokyo, Japan: Sairyusha. p. 74. ISBN 978-4-7791-1722-0. 
  4. ^ The Railway Pictorial (in Japanese) (Japan: Denkisha Kenkyūkai) 58 (799): p.187. January 2008. 
  5. ^ http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/1583/080327.pdf "「新・東上線」新登場! 6月14日(土)東上線ダイヤ改正", 27 March 2008 (Japanese)
  6. ^ "Your Tōjō", May 2008 issue
  7. ^ 「東武スカイツリーライン」誕生! あわせて駅ナンバリングを導入し、よりわかりやすくご案内します [Tojo Sky Tree Line created! Station numbering to be introduced at same time] (pdf). Tobu News (in Japanese). Tobu Railway. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Kawashima, Ryozo (February 2011). 日本の鉄道 中部ライン 全線・全駅・全配線 第11巻 埼玉南部・東京多摩北部 [Railways of Japan - Chubu Line - Lines/Stations/Track plans - Vol 11 Southern Saitama and Northern Tama Tokyo]. Japan: Kodansha. p. 68. ISBN 978-4-06-270071-9. 

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