Tsurumi Line

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Tsurumi Line
JNR-205-1100-for-tsurumi-line.jpg
205-1100 series train on the Tsurumi Line
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Termini Tsurumi
Ōgimachi
Operation
Owner JR East
Rolling stock 205-1100 series
Technical
Line length 7.0 km (4.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Route map
Tsurumi Line.svg

The Tsurumi Line (鶴見線 Tsurumi-sen?) is a group of 3 railway lines operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Originally built to service the port and adjacent industrial area, the lines provide passenger services (especially for local workers) along a line between Tsurumi Station in Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama and Ōgimachi Station in Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, and 2 short branches with a total length of track to 9.7 km. The gauge is 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), two sections of the line have double track and the line is electrified at 1,500 V DC.

Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) operates on three segments of the line, often to carry petroleum and other chemicals from the numerous refineries and factories in the area. The line is also used to carry jet fuel from the US Navy fuel depot near Anzen Station through the Musashino Line to Yokota Air Base in west Tokyo.

History[edit]

The Tsurumi Port Railway Co. opened the Bentembashi - Hama-Kawasaki line, including the branch to Okawa in 1926, and extended the mainline to Ogimachi in 1928. In 1930 the Tsurumi - Bentembashi section opened, the lines were electrified at 600 VDC and passenger services commenced on both lines.

The Asano - Shin-Shibaura section opened as a freight only line in 1932, and extended to Umi-Shibaura in 1940, with passengers services commencing upon the opening of the extension.

The company was nationalised in 1943, and in 1948 the voltage was increased to 1500 VDC.

Station list[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers   Location
Between
Stations
From
Tsurumi
Main Line
Tsurumi 鶴見 - 0.0 Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Keikyū Main Line (Keikyū-Tsurumi)
Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama
Kokudō 国道 0.9 0.9  
Tsurumi-Ono 鶴見小野 0.6 1.5  
Bentembashi 弁天橋 0.9 2.4  
Asano 浅野 0.6 3.0 Tsurumi Line (Umi-Shibaura Branch)
Anzen 安善 0.5 3.5 Tsurumi Line (Ōkawa Branch)
Musashi-Shiraishi 武蔵白石 0.6 4.1   Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki
Hama-Kawasaki 浜川崎 1.6 5.7 Nambu Line (Branch Line)
Shōwa 昭和 0.7 6.4  
Ōgimachi 扇町 0.6 7.0  
Umi-Shibaura Branch
Asano 浅野 - 3.0 Tsurumi Line (Main Line) Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama
Shin-Shibaura 新芝浦 0.9 3.9  
Umi-Shibaura 海芝浦 0.8 4.7  
Ōkawa Branch
Anzen 安善 - 3.5 Tsurumi Line (Main Line) Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama
Musashi-Shiraishi 武蔵白石 - (4.1)   Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki
Ōkawa 大川 1.6 5.1  

Rolling stock[edit]

Current[edit]

3-car 205-1100 series EMU trainsets modified from former 205-0 series trainsets were introduced on the Tsurumi Line from 25 August 2004.[1] Nine 205-1100 series 3-car trains operate on the line.

Former[edit]

103 series train on the Tsurumi Line in 2005
  • KuMoHa 12 (Ōkawa Branch Line service, from December 1972 until March 1996)
  • 72 series (from 1972 until January 1980)
  • 101 series (from 1980 until March 1992)
  • 103 series (from August 2, 1990 until December 16, 2005)

Freight[edit]

Locomotives seen hauling freight trains include the EF65 and DE10.

Other[edit]

A shuttle bus for Toshiba employees at runs in a loop between Asano, Shin-Shibaura, and Umi-Shibaura stations on a schedule alternating with Tsurumi Line trains. Both the bus and the stops are marked with the Toshiba logo.

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ "鶴見線に205系先頭車化改造車1100代が登場" [205-1100 series with modified end cars appear for Tsurumi Line]. Railway Journal (Japan: Tetsudō Journal) 38 (457): p.92. November 2004. 

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