Tsugaru Line along Mutsu Bay
|Type||Heavy rail Passenger|
|Rolling stock||KiHa 100 series|
|Line length||58.4 km (36.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||20 kV AC, 50 Hz (Aomori to Shin Naka-Oguni Signal)|
The Tsugaru Line (津軽線 Tsugaru-sen?) is a railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Aomori Station and Minmaya Station on the Tsugaru Peninsula in western Aomori Prefecture.
|Station||Japanese||Distance (km)||Limited express||Transfers||Location|
|Aomori||青森||-||0.0||●||Ōu Main Line
Aoimori Railway Line
|Tsugaru-Futamata||津軽二股||11.6||46.6||｜||Kaikyō Line (Tsugaru-Imabetsu Station)||Imabetsu|
- ◇ - Trains can pass each other at this station
- ｜ - Trains cannot pass
Plans existed to link the prefectural capital of Aomori with the northern tip of the Tsugaru Peninsula from the time of the Meiji period Railway Construction Act. In 1930, the privately held Tsugaru Railway began operations on the western side of Tsugaru Peninsula, and surveying work was completed by the Japanese Government Railways (JGR) to build a government-operated line on the eastern side of Tsugaru Peninsula. These plans were postponed by the outbreak of World War II, and were only resumed in the 1950s under the Japanese National Railways (JNR).
On December 5, 1951, the first segment of the Tsugaru Line was completed from Aomori to Kanita. This was extended by October 21, 1958 to the present northern terminus at Minmaya. Additional intermediate stations were added in 1959 and 1960.
All scheduled freight operations were suspended on December 10, 1984. With the privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1987, the line came under the operational control of JR East. From March 13, 1988, the tracks between Aomori Station and the Shin Naka-Oguni Signal are jointly used by JR East, JR Hokkaido's Tsugaru-Kaikyō Line and Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight).
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
- Harris, Ken and Clarke, Jackie. Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group (2008). ISBN 0-7106-2861-7