Tōbu Utsunomiya Line
|Tōbu Utsunomiya Line|
|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 Tobu Railway. It connects Shin-Tochigi Station in Tochigi City to Tōbu Utsunomiya Station in Utsunomiya.
The entire line opened, electrified at 1500 VDC, in 1931
Former connecting lines
- Nishi-Kawada Station:
The Tochigi Prefectural Government opened a 3 km 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line to Nishihara-cho in 1897, 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 Co. which closed all bar 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.
All stations are in Tochigi Prefecture
|Shin-Tochigi Station||新栃木||Tobu Nikko Line||Tochigi|
|Tōbu Utsunomiya Station||東武宇都宮|
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