Ise Line

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Ise Line
Ise Railway-ISEiii.JPG
An Ise Railway type III DMU on the Ise Line
Overview
Native name伊勢線
StatusIn operation
OwnerIse Railway
LocaleMie Prefecture
TerminiKawarada
Tsu
Stations10
Service
TypeHeavy rail
Services3
Operator(s)Ise Railway, JR Central
Depot(s)Tamagaki
Rolling stockIse Railway type III DMU, KiHa 75 series DMU, KiHa 85 series DMU, KiHa 25 series DMU (rarely) , KiHa 11 series DMU (rarely)
History
Opened1 September 1973
Technical
Line length22.3 km (13.9 mi)
Number of tracksSingle (Tsu - Nakaseko)
Double (Nakaseko - Kawarada)
CharacterMainly urban with some rural areas
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationNone
Operating speed110 km/h (68 mph)

The Ise Line (伊勢線, Ise-sen) is a Japanese railway line in Mie Prefecture, between Kawarada Station, Yokkaichi and Tsu Station, Tsu. This is the only railway line Ise Railway (伊勢鉄道, Ise Tetsudō) operates. The company name is abbreviated to Isetetsu (伊勢鉄). The third sector company took the former Japanese National Railways line in 1987. The line was originally built as a shorter route between Nagoya and south Kii Peninsula (Kisei Main Line). As such, the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) limited express train "Nanki" and the rapid train "Mie" still use the line, providing the primary revenue stream for the company. The line also transports spectators when Formula One World Championship Japanese Grand Prix is held at Suzuka Circuit (1987-2006, 2009 onward).

Basic data[edit]

  • Distance: 22.3 km (13.9 mi)
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Stations: 10
  • Track: Double between Kawarada - Nakaseko
  • Electric supply: None
  • Railway signalling: Automatic
  • Maximum speed at service:
    • Limited express, rapid, Out of Service and Extra: 100 km/h - 110 km/h (62 - 68 mph)
    • Local: 100 km/h (62 mph)

History[edit]

The line was opened by JNR in 1973 as a shortcut between the Kansai Main Line and the Kisei Line. The entire line was built with future double-tracking and electrification in mind, as such there is necessary equipment installed along the entire line. However, usage was sluggish and the line operated with a deficit due to the initial single track limiting the number of services to 7 round trips for local plus 3 round trips for Limited Express Services daily. On the other hand, the Kintetsu Nagoya Line which ran parallel to the Ise line operated with 44 round trips Limited Express, 34 round trips Express, 9 round trips Semi-express, and 62 round trips local services daily.

After the dissolution of JNR, the Ise Line was scheduled to be abolished, and since the line ran outside urban areas there was no opposition from the local residents or government. In 1986, it was decided to convert the line over to a third sector railway. In 1987 the line was transferred to the Ise Railway Co. At the time of conversion, the only train exchange facility was at Tamagaki Station therefore it was decided that the section between Kawarada and Nakaseko was to be double-tracked to increase transport capacity. In 1993, the track between Kawarada and Nakaseko was doubled which increased the transport capacity to 55 round trips per day. The cost of construction for double-tracking between Kawarada-Nakaseko (12.7 km) was 2.05 billion yen, of which Ise Railways paid 430 million yen while the rest was paid by the national government, Mie Prefecture, and the local government along the line. Most passengers are those that pass through on the "Mie" Rapid and "Nanki" Limited Express services, but there are increasing commuter passengers due to the opening of the Suzuka University near Nakaseko Station. In 1996, the line turned a profit for the first time.

Freight services started operations in 2008, but ceased in 2013.

Stations[edit]

All stations are in Mie Prefecture.

Key:

L: Local (普通, Futsū)
R: Rapid "Mie" (快速「みえ」, Kaisoku Mie)
E: Limited Express "Nanki" (特急「南紀」, Tokkyū Nanki)
Smaller keys show that some trains stop on the days of racing events at Suzuka Circuit.
Number Station Japanese Distance (km) Stop Connecting lines Location
1 Yokkaichi 四日市 6.9 LRE Yokkaichi
2 Minami-Yokkaichi 南四日市 3.7 L    
3 Kawarada 河原田 0.0 L   Kansai Main Line
4 Suzuka 鈴鹿 3.8 LRE   Suzuka
5 Tamagaki 玉垣 7.0 L    
6 Suzuka Circuit Inō 鈴鹿サーキット稲生 9.1 Lre  
7 Tokuda 徳田 11.1 L    
8 Nakaseko 中瀬古 12.7 LR   
9 Ise-Ueno 伊勢上野 14.0 L     Tsu
10 Kawage 河芸 16.4 L    
11 Higashi-Ishinden 東一身田 19.4 L    
12 Tsu 22.3 LRE

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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