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
LocaleSaitama Prefecture
TerminiHanyū
Mitsumineguchi
Stations36
Operation
Opened7 October 1901
Owner秩父鉄道ロゴマーク.png Chichibu Railway
Depot(s)Hirosegawara
Technical
Line length71.7 km (44.6 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius149 m
Operating speed85 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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