Tadami Line

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     Tadami Line
Aidukawaguchi Railway Station in Japan.jpg
KiHa 40 series DMUs pass at Aizu-Kawaguchi Station, March 2007
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Fukushima, Niigata prefectures
Termini Aizu-Wakamatsu
Koide
Stations 38
Operation
Opening 1928
Operator(s) JR East
Technical
Line length 135.2 km (84.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Route map
JR Tadami Line linemap.svg
Tadamigawa Bridge No. 3
C11 289 between Aizu-Nishikata and Aizu-Hibara, November 1973
C11 289 between Aizu-Miyashita and Aizu-Nishikata, November 1973

The Tadami Line (只見線 Tadami-sen?) is a railway line in Japan operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Aizu-Wakamatsu Station in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima with Koide Station in Uonuma, Niigata. The section between Aizu-Kawaguchi and Tadami has been closed since July 2012 due to rainstorm damage, with no definite reopening date fixed.

Services[edit]

All trains are local (all-stations) services, with approximately eight to nine trains in each direction per day. Only three round-trips operate over the entire line, and some seasonal trains operate through onto the line from the Ban'etsu West and Jōetsu lines.[1]

Due to the many curves on the line trains take over four hours to traverse its 135.2 km length.

Station list[edit]

  • All trains stop at every station.
  • Trains can pass each other at stations marked "◇", "∨", "∧"; they cannot pass at those marked "|".
Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers   Location
Between
stations
Total
Aizu-Wakamatsu 会津若松 - 0.0 Ban'etsu West Line Aizuwakamatsu Fukushima
Nanukamachi 七日町 1.3 1.3  
Nishi-Wakamatsu 西若松 1.8 3.1 Aizu Railway Aizu Line[* 1]
Aizu-Hongō 会津本郷 3.4 6.5  
Aizu-Takada 会津高田 4.8 11.3   Aizumisato, Ōnuma District
Negishi 根岸 3.5 14.8  
Niitsuru 新鶴 2.0 16.8  
Wakamiya 若宮 2.1 18.9   Aizubange, Kawanuma District
Aizu-Bange 会津坂下 2.7 21.6  
Tōdera 塔寺 4.4 26.0  
Aizu-Sakamoto 会津坂本 3.7 29.7  
Aizu-Yanaizu 会津柳津 3.6 33.3   Yanaizu, Kawanuma District
Gōdo 郷戸 3.6 36.9  
Takiya 滝谷 2.7 39.6  
Aizu-Hinohara 会津桧原 1.9 41.5   Mishima, Ōnuma District
Aizu-Nishikata 会津西方 2.2 43.7  
Aizu-Miyashita 会津宮下 1.7 45.4  
Hayato 早戸 5.8 51.2  
Aizu-Mizunuma 会津水沼 3.9 55.1   Kaneyama, Ōnuma District
Aizu-Nakagawa 会津中川 3.2 58.3  
Aizu-Kawaguchi 会津川口 2.5 60.8  
Honna 本名 2.8 63.6 Section closed since July 2011
Aizu-Kosugawa 会津越川 6.4 70.0
Aizu-Yokota 会津横田 3.2 73.2
Aizu-Ōshio 会津大塩 2.2 75.4
Aizu-Shiozawa 会津塩沢 5.5 80.9 Tadami, Minamiaizu District
Aizu-Gamō 会津蒲生 3.0 83.9
Tadami 只見 4.5 88.4  
Ōshirakawa 大白川 20.8 109.2  
Kakinoki 柿ノ木 3.2 112.4   Uonuma Niigata
Irihirose 入広瀬 3.2 115.6  
Kamijō 上条 3.1 118.7  
Echigo-Suhara 越後須原 4.4 123.1  
Uonuma-Tanaka 魚沼田中 3.9 127.0  
Echigo-Hirose 越後広瀬 2.5 129.5  
Yabukami 藪神 2.1 131.6  
Koide 小出 3.6 135.2 Jōetsu Line
  1. ^ All Aizu Line trains run through to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station.

History[edit]

The Aizu-Wakamatsu - Aizu-Yanaizu section opened between 1926 and 1928. The line was extended to Aizu-Miyashita in 1941.

At the western end, the Koide - Oshirakawa section opened in 1942.

The Aizu-Miyashita - Aizu-Kawaguchi section opened in 1956, with the extension to Tadami opening in 1963.

The two sections were connected with the opening of Tadami - Oshirakawa (as a passenger only section) in 1971.

Freight services ceased between 1980 and 1982.

Service disruptions[edit]

Heavy rain storms in July 2011 forced the section of the line between Aizu-Kawaguchi and Ōshirakawa to be closed. The section between Tadami and Ōshirakawa was reopened from 1 October 2012, but the schedule for reopening the remaining section between Aizu-Kawaguchi and Tadami is indefinite.[2]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ JR Timetable, December 2010 issue
  2. ^ JR只見線 全線早期再開は困難 [JR Tadami Line: Early reopening of the entire line difficult]. MSN Sankei News (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 

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