Chichibu Main Line

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Chichibu Main Line
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A Chichibu Railway 7500 series EMU on the Chichibu Main Line in May 2011
Overview
Native name 秩父本線
Locale Saitama Prefecture
Termini Hanyū
Mitsumineguchi
Stations 36
Operation
Opened 7 October 1901
Owner 秩父鉄道ロゴマーク.png Chichibu Railway
Depot(s) Hirosegawara
Technical
Line length 71.7 km (44.6 mi)
Number of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 149 m
Operating speed 85 km/h (55 mph)

The Chichibu Main Line (秩父本線, Chichibu-honsen) is a railway line in Japan, owned by the private railway operator Chichibu Railway, linking Hanyū and Mitsumineguchi, both in Saitama Prefecture.

Stations[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Local service to/from Seibu Chichibu Line Chichibuji
Express
SL Paleo Express Transfer Location
Between
Stations
Total
Hanyū 羽生 - 0.0       Tōbu Isesaki Line Hanyū
Nishi-Hanyū 西羽生 1.2 1.2     |    
Shingō 新郷 1.4 2.6     |    
Bushū-Araki 武州荒木 2.2 4.8     |     Gyōda
Higashi-Gyōda 東行田 2.5 7.3     |    
Gyōdashi 行田市 1.0 8.3        
Mochida 持田 1.8 10.1     |    
Socio Distribution Center ソシオ流通センター 1.5 11.6     |     Kumagaya
Kumagaya 熊谷 3.3 14.9    
Kami-Kumagaya 上熊谷 0.9 15.8     | |  
Ishiwara 石原 1.2 17.0     | |  
Hirose-Yachō-no-Mori ひろせ野鳥の森 1.5 18.5     | |  
Ōasō 大麻生 1.3 20.3     | |  
Aketo 明戸 2.6 22.9     | |   Fukaya
Takekawa 武川 1.9 24.8     Chichibu Railway: Mikajiri Freight Line
Nagata 永田 2.3 27.1     | |  
Fukaya Hanazono[Note 1] ふかや花園 1.1 28.2      
Omaeda 小前田 2.3 30.5     | |  
Sakurazawa 桜沢 1.4 31.9     | |   Yorii, Ōsato District
Yorii 寄居 1.9 33.8     Hachikō Line
Tōbu Tōjō Line
Hagure 波久礼 3.9 37.7     |  
Higuchi 樋口 4.4 42.1     | |   Nagatoro, Chichibu District
Nogami 野上 2.6 44.7     |  
Nagatoro 長瀞 1.8 46.5    
Kami-Nagatoro 上長瀞 1.1 47.6 Through operation to Seibu-Chichibu (Seibu Chichibu Line) | |  
Oyahana 親鼻 1.6 49.2 | |   Minano, Chichibu District
Minano 皆野 1.6 50.8  
Wadō-Kuroya 和銅黒谷 2.6 53.4 | |   Chichibu
Ōnohara 大野原 3.2 56.6 | |  
Chichibu 秩父 2.4 59.0  
Ohanabatake 御花畑 0.7 59.7 Seibu Chichibu Line (Seibu-Chichibu)
Kagemori 影森 2.7 62.4 Through operation to Yokoze (Seibu Chichibu Line) |  
Urayamaguchi 浦山口 1.4 63.8 | |  
Bushū-Nakagawa 武州中川 2.4 66.2 | |  
Bushū-Hino 武州日野 1.5 67.7 | |  
Shiroku 白久 2.7 70.4 | |  
Mitsumineguchi 三峰口 1.3 71.7  
Legend
  • ● - All trains stop
  • ○ - Some trains stop
  • ▲ - Some trains pass
  • ▼ - Trains make seasonal stops
  • | - All trains pass
  1. ^ Opening 20 October 2018.

Rolling stock[edit]

As of 1 April 2016, the Chichibu Railway operates the following fleet of rolling stock on the line.[1]

Rolling stock previously used[edit]

History[edit]

The Jōbu Railway (上武鉄道) opened the section between Kumagaya and Yorii on 7 October 1901 operated by the use of steam haulage.[3] The line was extended in stages, reaching Chichibu in 1914. The line was electrified at 1,200 V DC on 15 March 1918.[3] On 1 August 1922, the Chichibu Railway acquired the Hokubu Railway (北武鉄道) operating between Hanyū and Kumagaya.[3] The line reached Mitsumineguchi in 1930.

From 1 February 1952, The line voltage was raised to 1,500 V DC.[3]

Former connecting lines[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 17. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5. 
  2. ^ 秩父鉄道「さよなら1003号貸切運転・撮影会ツアー」開催 [Chichibu Railway organizes "Farewell 1003 charter train and photographic tour"]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 43 no. 361. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2014. p. 74. 
  3. ^ a b c d Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 36. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  4. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (October 2003). 私鉄廃線25年 [25 Years of Abandoned Private Railways]. Japan: JTB Can Books. pp. 52–53. ISBN 4-533-04958-3. 

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