Yahiko Line

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     Yahiko Line
Kita-Sanjo Station.JPG
Overview
Type Regional rail
Locale Niigata Prefecture
Termini Higashi-Sanjō
Yahiko
Stations 8
Operation
Opening 1916
Owner JR East
Technical
Line length 17.5 km (10.9 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 85 km/h (55 mph)

The Yahiko Line (弥彦線 Yahiko-sen?) is a Japanese railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) which connects Yahiko in the village of Yahiko and Higashi-Sanjō in the city of Sanjo, both in Niigata Prefecture. The line shares its name with both Yahiko Village and nearby Mt. Yahiko.

Stations[edit]

Name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Yahiko 弥彦 0.0   Yahiko Niigata Prefecture
Yahagi 矢作 2.3  
Yoshida 吉田 4.9 Echigo Line Tsubame
Nishi-Tsubame 西燕 8.0  
Tsubame 10.3  
Tsubame-Sanjō 燕三条 12.9 Joetsu Shinkansen Sanjō
Kita-Sanjō 北三条 15.4  
Higashi-Sanjō 東三条 17.4 Shinetsu Main Line

Rolling stock[edit]

New E129 series EMUs are scheduled to be introduced on local services on the line from fiscal 2014.[1]

History[edit]

The Echigo Railway Co. opened the Yahiko - Yoshida section in 1916 and extended the line to Higashi-Sanjo in 1926. The company was nationalised in 1927.

Freight services ceased in 1960,and the line was electrified in 1984.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Tsubame station - The Niigata Kotsu Co. opened a 34km line electrified at 1500 VDC to Sekiya on the Echigo Line in 1933. Freight services ceased in 1982, and the line closed between 1993 and 1999.
  • Higashi-Sanjo station - An 8km line to Echigo Nagasawa operated 1927 - 1985.

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ "通勤形車両の新造計画について" [New commuter train manufacture plans] (PDF) (in Japanese). East Japan Railway Company. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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