Tsuruga Station

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Tsuruga Station
敦賀駅
Tsuruga sta01s3872.jpg
Location
Prefecture Fukui
(See other stations in Fukui)
City Tsuruga
History
Year opened 1882
Rail services
Operator(s) JR West
Line(s) Hokuriku Main Line
Obama Line

Tsuruga Station (敦賀駅 Tsuruga-eki?) is a railway station in Tsuruga, Fukui, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It is served by the Hokuriku Main Line and Obama Line.

Lines[edit]

Tsuruga Station is served by the following JR West lines.

A freight-only branch Line known as the Tsuruga Port Line operated by JR Freight also runs from this station.

Tsuruga is also scheduled to become a station on the high-speed Hokuriku Shinkansen line when the extension west of Kanazawa opens around 2025.[1]

Station layout[edit]

Tracks

It has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office. The station platforms were rebuilt in December 2012, while a new building just outside the ticket gates attached to the station is expected to be completed before the end of 2013.

Platforms[edit]

The station has three island platforms serving seven tracks. The overhead line power supply changes between 1,500 V DC and 20 kV AC (60 Hz) at this station (Hokuriku Main Line only).


1-2 Obama Line for Obama and Higashi-Maizuru
3 Hokuriku Main Line Limited Express Thunderbird and Shirasagi for Kanazawa, Toyama, and Wakuraonsen
Hokuriku Main Line Limited Express Shirasagi for Awaraonsen, Kanazawa, Toyama, and Wakuraonsen
Hokuriku Main Line Local services for Fukui and Kanazawa
4 Hokuriku Main Line Kosei Line Special Rapid / Local services for Maibara and Osaka
5 Hokuriku Main Line Kosei Line Special Rapid / Local services for Maibara and Osaka
Hokuriku Main Line Local services for Fukui and Kanazawa
Hokuriku Main Line Sleeper Limited Express Nihonkai, Twilight Express for Aomori and Sapporo
6 Hokuriku Main Line Limited Express Thunderbird for Osaka
Hokuriku Main Line Limited Express Shirasagi for Maibara and Nagoya
7 Hokuriku Main Line Kosei Line Special Rapid / Local services for Maibara and Osaka
Hokuriku Main Line Local services for Fukui and Kanazawa

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hokuriku Main Line
Shin-Hikida - Minami-Imajo
Obama Line
Terminus   Rapid   Awano
Terminus   Local   Nishi-Tsuruga

History[edit]

Tsuruga Station opened on 10 March 1882.[2] With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR West.[3]

Future plans[edit]

From October 2014, a gauge-changing test track is scheduled to be built next to the station on the site of the former motive power depot. The 180 m long test track will be used to test an experimental variable-gauge bogie, which can be changed from 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) and vice versa. The aim is prove durability in cold and snowy conditions with a view to using the variable-gauge Gauge Change Train on through services between the standard-gauge Hokuriku Shinkansen and narrow-gauge Hokuriku Main Line in the future.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hokuriku Shinkansen route" (in Japanese). Fukui Prefecture. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ 日本国有鉄道停車場一覧 [JNR Station Directory]. Japan: Japanese National Railways. 1985. p. 43. ISBN 4-533-00503-9. 
  3. ^ Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] II. Japan: JTB. p. 132. ISBN 4-533-02980-9. 
  4. ^ "フリーゲージトレイン実験線を開設、JR西" [JR West to build a Gauge Change Train test track]. Tetsudo.com (in Japanese). Japan: Asahi Interactive Inc. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 35°38′41″N 136°4′36″E / 35.64472°N 136.07667°E / 35.64472; 136.07667