Tōbu Utsunomiya Line
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|Tobu Utsunomiya Line|
An 8000 series EMU on the Tobu Utsunomiya Line, October 2008
|Rolling stock||Tobu 350 series, Tobu 8000 series EMUs|
|Line length||24.3 km (15.1 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead catenary|
The Tōbu Utsunomiya Line (東武宇都宮線 Tōbu Utsunomiya-sen?) is a 24.3-kilometre railway line in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, owned and operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway. It connects Shin-Tochigi Station in Tochigi with Tobu Utsunomiya Station in Utsunomiya.
All stations are in Tochigi Prefecture.
|TN-12||Shin-Tochigi||新栃木||0.0||Tobu Nikko Line||Tochigi|
|TN-33||Mibu||壬生||7.3||Mibu, Shimotsuga District|
- Tobu 350 series EMUs (Shimotsuke limited express services)
- Tobu 8000 series 4-car EMUs (all-stations "Local" services)
The entire line opened in 1931, electrified at 1,500 V DC.
Former connecting lines
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In 1897, the Tochigi Prefectural Government opened a 3 km 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line from Nishi-Kawada to Nishihara-cho, extending it 10 km to Yoshihara in 1899 and opening a 4 km branch to Tokujiro the following year. Handcar passenger services commenced on both lines from opening, operating until 1928. A 7.5 km branch from Nishihara-cho to Tateiwa was opened in 1898 to haul gravel.
In 1931, the lines were purchased by the Tobu Railway, which closed all except the Tateiwa branch, which it converted to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge and built a connection to Tsuruta Station on the Nikko Line. The Tateiwa branch ceased operation in 1961 following a landslide and was formally closed in 1964.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.