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8500 series Fujisan View Express
|Opened||September 21, 1900|
|Line length||26.6 km (16.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead lines|
The Fujikyuko Line (富士急行線 Fuji-Kyūkō-sen?) is a Japanese private railway line in Yamanashi Prefecture, between Ōtsuki Station in Ōtsuki and Kawaguchiko Station in Fujikawaguchiko. It is the only railway line operated by Fuji Kyuko.
The railway line officially consists of the Ōtsuki Line (大月線 Ōtsuki-sen?) and Kawaguchiko Line (河口湖線 Kawaguchiko-sen?), but the two lines are operated as one. The line can be traced back to the Tsuru Horse-drawn Tramway (都留馬車鉄道?) which began operation in 1900.
Local trains (which stop at all stations) run about every 30 minutes. As well as these, several Fujisan Tokkyu (Mount Fuji express) services are operated. The line is mountainous, climbing from Otsuki (358 metres above sea level) to Kawaguchiko (857 metres above sea level): a 500-metre ascent over the 26.6 kilometre route. In many places, Mount Fuji can be seen from the train.
The Fujikyuko Line is only railway service to access the northern Yamanashi side of Mount Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes, part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. However, direct and frequent highway bus services from Shinjuku terminal to Fujiyoshida and Kawaguchiko are faster and more convenient when travelling from Tokyo. There are not many direct services from Tokyo to the Fuji Kyūkō Line apart from a few seasonal rapid trains on the weekend and some commuter local trains.
- Distance (Ōtsuki — Kawaguchiko): 26.6 km
- Ōtsuki Line (Ōtsuki — Fujisan): 23.6 km
- Kawaguchiko Line (Fujisan — Kawaguchiko): 3.0 km
- All stations are located in Yamanashi Prefecture.
- Station stops - O: Trains stop, *: Some passing trains, |: Trains pass.
|Line||Name||Elevation (m)||Between (km)||Distance (km)||Local||Rapid Fuji Tozan Densha||Mt. Fuji Ltd. Exp.||Transfers||Location|
|Ōtsuki Line||Ōtsuki||大月||358||-||0.0||O||O||O||Chūō Main Line||Ōtsuki|
The Tsuru Horse-drawn Tramway opened a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge line from Tsurushi to Shimoyoshida in 1900. In 1903, the Fuji Horse-drawn Tramway opened a 610 mm (2 ft) gauge line from Otsuki to Kasei, the same year the Tsuru Horse-drawn Tramway was extended from Tsurushi to Kasei, and from Shimoyoshida to Fuji-yoshida (present-day Fujisan). In 1921, the two companies merged, converted the Otsuki to Kasei section to 762 mm gauge, and electrified the line.
On 18 September 1926, the Fuji Electric Railway (富士山麓電気鉄道?) was founded, and on 19 June 1929, it starting operating a new 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) line from Otsuki to Fuji-yoshida, electrified at 1,500 V DC overhead. The line was extended from Fuji-yoshida to Kawaguchiko, opening on 24 August 1950. The operating company was renamed Fujikyuko from 25 May 1960.
Freight services on the line were discontinued from 1 April 1978.
- Fujikyu 1000 series
- Fujikyu 1200 series (Fuji Tozan train)
- Fujikyu 5000 series
- Fujikyu 6000 series (since February 2012)
- Fujikyu 8000 series (Fujisan Limited Express services since 12 July 2014)
- Fujikyu 8500 series (Fujisan View Express services from 23 April 2016)
Former rolling stock
The last remaining 2000 series set was withdrawn after its final run on 7 February 2016.
- Tenjō-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway
- List of railway companies in Japan
- List of railway lines in Japan
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- 富士急行線にＩＣカード乗車券システム「Ｓｕｉｃａ」を導入します ["Suica" IC card ticketing system to be introduced on Fujikyuko Line] (pdf). Press release (in Japanese). Japan: Fujikyuko. March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- 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. 82. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.
- 富士急、新型『フジサン特急』8000系を公開. Response (in Japanese). Japan: IID Inc. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- 富士急行8500系 [Fuji Kyuko 8500 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 56 no. 662. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. June 2016. p. 104-105.
- 国鉄の急行形直流電車、終焉へ 生き残りの「フジサン特急」2月引退 [The final curtain for JNR express-type trains - Final Fujisan Limited Express to be retired in February]. Livedoor News (in Japanese). Japan: Line Corporation. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- 富士急行2000形が引退 [Fujikyu 2000 series withdrawn]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
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