Yōrō Railway Yōrō Line

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Yōrō Line
Yoro Line 620.jpg
A Local train, 620 series
Operation
Operator(s) Yōrō Railway Co., Ltd.
Technical
Line length 57.5 km (35.7 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 160 m (520 ft)
Electrification 1500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 65 km/h (40 mph)
Maximum incline 25
Yōrō Railway Yōrō Line
JR Central: UpDownKansai Main Line
Kintetsu: UpDownNagoya Line
Sangi Railway: Hokusei LineRight
Nishi-Kuwana
0.0 Kuwana
LeftKuwana Tram
JR Central: LeftKansai Main LineUp
Kintetsu: LeftNagoya LineUp
0.7 Higashikatatruck conversion facility
1.6 Harima
4.0 Shimo-Fukaya
6.6 Shimo-Noshiro
8.6 Tado
11.9 Mino-Matsuyama
14.2 Ishizu
16.2 Mino-Yamazaki
19.8 Komano
24.5 Mino-Tsuya
28.8 Yōrō
31.8 Mino-Takada
34.5 Karasue
Makita River BridgeMakita River
36.0 Ōtoba
37.4 Tomoe
39.4 Mino-Yanagi
JR Central: LeftTōkaidō ShinkansenRight
41.2 Nishi-Ōgaki
Ogaki Depot
Shin-Muro
43.0 LeftŌgaki
44.1 RightMuro
JR Central: LeftTōkaidō Main LineDown
Tarumi Railway: LeftTarumi Line
44.5 Shiken-ya
45.4 Kita-Ōgaki
Gamaabandoned 1974
47.5 Higashi-Akasaka
50.3 Hiro-Gōdo
51.9 Kita-Gōdo
53.5 Ikeno
54.4 Kita-Ikeno
55.2 Mino-Hongō
57.5 Ibi

The Yōrō Line (養老線 Yōrō-sen?) is a railway line of a Japanese private railway operator Yōrō Railway (養老鉄道 Yōrō Tetsudō?). The line runs along the northeastern side of the Yōrō Mountains and connects Kuwana Station in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture and Ibi Station in Ibigawa, Gifu Prefecture.

Northern portion of Ōgaki is locally and unofficially called Ibi Line (揖斐線 Ibi-sen?), because of no trains operated through the station.

Kintetsu Corporation, one of largest private railway companies in Japan, owns the tracks and rolling stocks of the line whereon Yōrō Railway (II), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kintetsu operates trains as of October 1, 2007.

Descriptions[edit]

  • Company: Yōrō Railway (Category-2), Kintetsu Railway (Category-3)
  • Length: 57.5 km (35.7 mi)
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Power: Electric 1500V DC
  • No. of stations: 27 incl. both ends
  • Track: single
  • Maximum speed: 65 km/h (40 mph)
  • Operation: All Local trains

History[edit]

Initially steam powered, the line was constructed by Yōrō Railway (I) and opened in 1913 between Yōrō - Ōgaki - Ikeno, in 1919 present stretch completed with extensions of Yōrō - Kuwana and Ikeno - Ibi. Yōrō Railway merged with Ibi River Electric (揖斐川電気 Ibigawa Denki?) and in the following year 1923 the line was electrified (1500V DC). In 1928 its railway was transferred to Yōrō Electric Railway (養老電気鉄道 Yōrō Denki Tetsudō?). Since then operator has changed several times, namely in 1929 the Ise Electric Railway (伊勢電気鉄道 Ise Denki Tetsudō?), in 1936 Yōrō Dentetsu (養老電鉄?), in 1940 Sangu Kyūkō Railway (参宮急行電鉄 Sangū Kyūkō Dentetsu?), in 1941 Kansai Kyūkō Railway (関西急行鉄道 Kansai Kyūkō Tetsudō?), finally in 1944 Kinki Nippon railway (近畿日本鉄道 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō?) which is the present Kintetsu.

On the typhoon strike in 1959, Nagoya Line was regauged to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in), the Kintetsu standard which enables through trains to Osaka, but Yōrō Line remained 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) partly due to through freight trains to the then Japanese National Railways (JNR) at Ōgaki and Kuwana, because the line is shorter between these stations than JNR lines and used as the shortcut.

With accumulating deficit, Kintetsu Corporation decided to split off the operation of the Yōrō Line in 2007. Local governments along the line made an agreement of financial aid to the Yōrō Railway until 2010.

Stations[edit]

Name Location
Kuwana Kuwana Mie
Harima
Shimo-Fukaya
Shimo-Noshiro
Tado
Mino-Matsuyama Kaizu Gifu
Ishizu
Mino-Yamazaki
Komano
Mino-Tsuya
Yōrō Yōrō,
Yōrō District
Mino-Takada
Karasue
Ōtoba Ōgaki
Tomoe
Mino-Yanagi
Nishi-Ōgaki
Ōgaki
Muro
Kita-Ōgaki
Higashi-Akasaka Gōdo,
Anpachi District
Hiro-Gōdo
Kita-Gōdo
Ikeno Ikeda,
Ibi District
Kita-Ikeno
Mino-Hongō
Ibi Ibigawa, Ibi District

Connections[edit]

At Kuwana

At Ōgaki

External links[edit]