Enshū Railway Line
|Enshū Railway Line|
1000 type EMU, the "Red Train"
|Native name||鉄道線 (Tetsudō-sen)|
|Opened||December 6, 1909|
|Track length||17.8 km (11.1 mi)|
|No. of tracks||single|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||750 V DC|
The Enshū Railway Line, officially the Railway Line (鉄道線 Tetsudō-sen?), is a Japanese railway line in Shizuoka Prefecture, running north from Shin Hamamatsu, Naka Ward through Nishi Kajima, Tenryū Ward, all within Hamamatsu. This is the only railway line Enshū Railway (Entetsu) operates. The line has a nickname Nishi Kajima Line (西鹿島線 Nishi Kajima-sen?), while locals often call it Akaden (あかでん, "The Red Train"), referring to the color of the EMUs. The line accepts NicePass, a smart card ticketing system, as well as ET Card, a magnetic card ticketing system.
Railway signalling on this line is automatic.
The line opened as 762mm gauge in 1909, and was converted to 1067mm gauge and electrified at 600 VDC in 1923.
The voltage was increased to 750 VDC in 1961, and CTC signalling was commissioned between Nishi Kajima and Hachiman in 1967, and extended to Shin Hamamatsu in 1974.
Freight services ceased in 1976.
Former connecting lines
- Hamakita station - The Far West Railway Co. opened a 4 km 762mm gauge line to Miyaguchi in 1924, and merged with the Enshu Railway Co. in 1928. The line closed in 1937.
|Shin-Hamamatsu||新浜松||0.0||JR: Tōkaidō Main Line, Tōkaidō Shinkansen (both at Hamamatsu)||Naka Ward|
|Nishi-Kajima||西鹿島||17.8||Tenryū Hamanako Railroad: Tenryū Hamanako Line||Tenryū Ward|
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
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