Tazawako Line

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     Tazawako Line
Tazawako 701-5000 Morioka 20070310.jpg
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Iwate, Akita prefectures
Termini Morioka
Ōmagari
Stations 19
Operation
Opening 1921
Operator(s) JR East
Rolling stock 701 series
Technical
Line length 75.6 km (47.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 20,000 V AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary
Route map
JR Tazawako Line linemap.svg

The Tazawako Line (田沢湖線 Tazawako-sen?) is a railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) connecting Morioka Station in Morioka, Iwate and Ōmagari Station in Daisen, Akita, Japan.

Akita Shinkansen Komachi trains travel over the line, which was regauged in 1997 from 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in).

History[edit]

The Morioka - Shizukuishi section opened in 1921, and was extended 8km to Hashiba in 1922. The Shizukuishi - Hashiba section was closed in 1944 and materials recovered for the Japanese war effort.

The Omagari - Jindai section was opened in 1921, and extended to Tazawako in 1923.

In 1964 the Shizukuishi - Akubuchi section opened, and upon completion of the 3915m Sengan Tunnel, the Akubuchi - Tazawako section opened in 1966, completing the line.

Freight services ceased in 1982, the year the entire line was electrified.

In 1997 the line was converted to 1435mm gauge and is now part of the Akita Shinkansen, with standard gauge EMUs providing local services on the line.

Station list[edit]

Akita Shinkansen Komachi trains stop at stations marked "●".

Station Japanese Distance (km)
from Morioka
Komachi Transfers Location
Morioka 盛岡 0.0 Akita Shinkansen, Tōhoku Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line, Yamada Line
Iwate Galaxy Railway Line
Morioka Iwate
Ōkama 大釜 6.0   Takizawa
Koiwai 小岩井 10.5  
Shizukuishi 雫石 16.0   Shizukuishi
Harukiba 春木場 18.7  
Akabuchi 赤渕 22.0  
Tazawako 田沢湖 40.1   Senboku Akita
Sashimaki 刺巻 44.4  
Jindai 神代 52.8  
Shōden 生田 55.3  
Kakunodate 角館 58.8 Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Akita Nairiku Line
Uguisuno 鶯野 61.6   Daisen
Ugo-Nagano 羽後長野 64.6  
Yariminai 鑓見内 67.9  
Ugo-Yotsuya 羽後四ツ屋 70.2  
Kita-Ōmagari 北大曲 72.0  
Ōmagari 大曲 75.6 Ōu Main Line, Akita Shinkansen (for Akita)
Passing loops

References[edit]

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

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