Toyohashi Railroad Atsumi Line

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Atsumi Line
Toyotetsu 1800 Series 1810F 20081129.jpg
Type 1800 trainset of Atsumi Line
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Aichi Prefecture
Termini Shin-Toyohashi
Mikawa Tahara
Stations 16
Operation
Opening 1924
Operator(s) Toyohashi Railroad
Technical
Line length 18.0 km (11.2 mi)
No. of tracks single
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed 70 km/h (45 mph)

The Toyohashi Railway Atsumi Line (豊橋鉄道渥美線 Toyohashi Tetsudō Atsumi-sen?) is a railway line of the privately owned Toyohashi Railway in eastern Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The line runs from the center of Toyohashi along the center of the Atsumi Peninsula, a largely rural district noted also for its hot spring resorts and marine sports as part of Mikawa Wan Quasi-National Park. The line is entirely within the cities of Toyohashi and Tahara. The line opened in 1924.

Basic data[edit]

  • Line length: 18.0 km (11.2 mi)
  • Number of stations: 16
  • Track: single
  • Rail gauge: 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
  • Electrification: 1,500 V DC overhead
  • Max speed: 70 km/h (45 mph)
  • Railway signalling: Automatic (ATS, compatible with Meitetsu

Operation[edit]

The northern terminal station for the Atsumi Line is located at Shin-Toyohashi Station. All trains run to the southern terminus at Mikawa Tahara Station at approximately 15 minute intervals. There are no express trains on the line.

History[edit]

The privately owned Atsumi Electric Railway (渥美電鉄 Atsumi Dentetsu?) began operations on January 22, 1924 between Takashi and Toshima. The line was extended to Kambe in March and to Mikawa Tahara by June 10 of the same year. In the opposite direction, the line was extended to Shin-Toyohashi by May 1925. On April 10, 1926, the now-defunct section of track from Mikawa Tahara to Kurokawahara was completed. On September 1, 1940 the Atsumi Electric Railway was merged into the Nagoya Railway. Most of the stations on the line were closed on June 5, 1944 due to material shortages in World War II. On October 1, 1954, the Toyohashi Railway was spun out from the Nagoya Railway as an independently operating subsidiary. Most of the closed stations were reopened by this time, but the section from Mikawa Tahara to Kurokawahara was closed permanently. Express train operations began from October 1, 1965. All freight operations were discontinued from February 1, 1984 and express train operations were discontinued from September 1, 1985. On July 2, 1997 the electrification system was upgraded to 1500 VDC.

Rolling stock[edit]

At present, all trains on the Atsumi Line use the Tokyu Corporation’s 7200 Series or1800 Series EMUs, in a three-carriage arrangement. All trains are configured for One-man operation.

Station list[edit]

Station
Name
Japanese Distance from
Shin-Toyohashi
(km)
Transfers Location
City Prefecture
Shin-Toyohashi 新豊橋 0.0 Toyohashi Aichi
Yagyu-bashi 柳生橋駅 1.0
Koike 小池 1.7
Aichidaigakumae 愛知大学前駅 2.5
Minami-Sakae 南栄駅 3.2
Takashi 高師駅 4.3
Ashihara 芦原駅 5.3
Ueta 植田駅 6.3
Mukougaoka 向ヶ丘駅 7.1
Ōshimizu 大清水駅 8.5
Oitsu 老津駅 10.7
Sugiyama 杉山駅 12.7
Yagumadai やぐま台駅 14.0 Tahara
Toshima 豊島駅 15.6
Kambe 神戸駅 17.1
Mikawa Tahara 三河田原駅 18.0

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