Jōban Line

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Joban Line
JJJL
Jōban-Linie en.png
Overview
Native name 常磐線
Type Heavy rail
Locale Tokyo, Chiba, Ibaraki, Fukushima, Miyagi prefectures
Termini Nippori
Iwanuma
Stations 85
Operation
Opened 16 January 1889 (1889-01-16)
Completed 1 April 1905 (1905-04-01)
Owner JR East
Operator(s) JR East, JR Freight
Technical
Track length 368.0 km (228.7 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC & 20 kV AC 50 Hz overhead catenary
Route map
JR Joban Line linemap.svg
E531 series EMU between Minami-Kashiwa and Kita-Kogane stations
(video) Riding in a Jōban Line train as another Jōban Line train passes in the other direction

The Jōban Line (常磐線, Jōban-sen) is a railway line in Japan operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It begins at Nippori Station in Taitō, Tokyo and approximately parallels the Pacific coasts of Chiba, Ibaraki, and Fukushima Prefectures before the line officially ends at Iwanuma Station in Iwanuma, Miyagi. However, most trains originate at Ueno rather than Nippori; likewise, many trains continue past Iwanuma onto the Tōhoku Main Line tracks to Sendai.

The name "Jōban" is derived from the names of the former provinces of Hitachi (陸) and Iwaki (城), which the line connects to Tokyo.

The section of the Joban Line between Tatsuta and Namie, which extends through the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, remains closed in the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and is expected to reopen in March 2020.[1] The reconstructed segment between Hamayoshida and Sōma was reopened on 10 December 2016, prior to which services had been provided by an interim bus service.[2][3][4] JR East is currently inspecting the segments between Tatsuta and Tomioka and between Namie and Odaka in preparation for the surrounding areas being cleared for re-settlement.[5] The service between Tatsuta and Odaka is provided by a bus service. Train services between Namie and Odaka resumed on 1 April 2017. [6]

On March 14, 2015, the line was extended to Tokyo Station via the Ueno-Tokyo Line, with services starting and terminating at Shinagawa Station.

Basic data[edit]

  • Operators, distances:
    • East Japan Railway Company (JR East) (Services and tracks)
      • Nippori – Haranomachi – Iwanuma: 343.1 km (213.2 mi)
      • Mikawashima – Sumidagawa – Minami-Senju (Sumidagawa freight branch): 5.7 km (3.5 mi)
      • Mikawashima – Tabata (Tabata freight branch): 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
    • Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) (Services)
      • Mikawashima – Haranomachi – Iwanuma: 341.9 km (212.4 mi)
      • Mikawashima – Sumidagawa – Minami-Senju (Sumidagawa freight branch): 5.7 km (3.5 mi)
      • Mikawashima – Tabata (Tabata freight branch): 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
  • Double/quadruple tracking:
    • Quadruple: Ayase – Toride
    • Double: Nippori – Ayase, Toride – Yotsukura, Hirono – Kido, Ōno – Futaba
  • Electrification:
    • 1,500 V DC: Nippori – Toride, Mikawashima – Sumidagawa – Minami-Senju, Mikawashima – Tabata
    • 20 kV AC, 50 Hz: Fujishiro – Iwanuma. This section of the line, along with a nearby section of the Tsukuba Express, uses alternating current in order to minimize interference with the nearby Kakioka Magnetic Observatory in Ishioka.[7]
    • The dead section is located between Toride and Fujishiro
  • Railway signalling:
  • operation control
    • ATOS: Ueno – Hatori, local train track Ayase – Toride
    • CTC: All other sections

Services[edit]

The Jōban Line connects Tokyo and the Tōhoku region. After the opening of the Tōhoku Shinkansen in 1982, the Jōban Line was split into two parts at Iwaki: south of Iwaki is double track, and north of Iwaki is predominantly single track.

From 2007, until the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the Jōban Line was typically split into four parts for operational purposes.

  • Ueno – Toride: local and rapid services
  • Toride – Iwaki: suburban and intercity service beyond Toride
  • Iwaki – Haranomachi: few trains travelling beyond Iwaki from either direction
  • Haranomachi – Sendai: Greater Sendai area.

Exceptions:

  • Selected Super Hitachi limited express services which operated between Ueno and Sendai/Haranomachi.
  • Before 2007, there were local trains which connected Iwaki and Ueno/Sendai directly.

Station list[edit]

  • For information on limited express services (e.g. Hitachi and Tokiwa), see their respective pages.
Legend
  • Trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
  • Stations marked "∥" are double-tracked; those marked "◇" are single-tracked and allow trains to pass.
  •      sections closed since the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
Official line name Station Japanese Distance (km) Local Rapid Special Rapid Transfers Tracks Location Prefecture
Between
stations
Total (from Nippori) Jōban Kankō Other (medium
distance)
Tōkaidō Main Line Shinagawa
SGW
JT
03
品川 12.6 to/from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line[* 1] (For details, see the article for the station) Minato Tokyo
Shimbashi
SMB
JT
02
新橋 4.9 7.7
Tokyo
TYO
JT
01
JU
01
東京 1.9 5.8 Chiyoda
Tōhoku Main Line
Ueno
UEN
JU
02
JJ
01
上野 3.6 2.2 Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen, Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Takasaki Line, Tohoku Main Line (Utsunomiya Line)
Subway TokyoGinza.pngTokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-16), Subway TokyoHibiya.pngTokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-17)
Keisei Main Line (Keisei-Ueno)
Two Taitō
Nippori
NPR
JJ
02
日暮里 2.2 0.0 Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Keisei Main Line
Nippori-Toneri Liner (01)
Arakawa
Jōban Line
Mikawashima
JJ
03
三河島 1.2 1.2  
Minami-Senju
JJ
04
南千住 2.2 3.4 Subway TokyoHibiya.pngTokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-20)
Tsukuba Express (04)
Kita-Senju
JJ
05
北千住 1.8 5.2 [* 2] Subway TokyoChiyoda.pngTokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-18), Subway TokyoHibiya.pngTokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-21)
Tobu Skytree Line
Tsukuba Express (05)
Adachi
Ayase
JL
19
綾瀬 2.5 7.7 Subway TokyoChiyoda.pngTokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-19, Kita-Ayase branch) Four
Kameari
JL
20
亀有 2.2 9.9   Katsushika
Kanamachi
JL
21
金町 1.9 11.8 Keisei Kanamachi Line
Matsudo
JJ
06
JL
22
松戸 3.9 15.7 Shin-Keisei Line Matsudo Chiba
Kita-Matsudo
JL
23
北松戸 2.1 17.8  
Mabashi
JL
24
馬橋 1.3 19.1 Nagareyama Line
Shin-Matsudo
JL
25
新松戸 1.6 20.7 Musashino Line
Nagareyama Line (Kōya)
Kita-Kogane
JL
26
北小金 1.3 22.0  
Minami-Kashiwa
JL
27
南柏 2.5 24.5   Kashiwa
Kashiwa
JJ
07
JL
28
2.4 26.9 Tobu: Urban Park Line
Kita-Kashiwa
JL
29
北柏 2.3 29.2  
Abiko
JJ
08
JL
30
我孫子 2.2 31.3 [* 3] Narita Line (Abiko Branch Line through service for Chiba) Abiko
Tennōdai
JJ
09
JL
31
天王台 2.7 34.0 [* 4]  
Toride
JJ
10
JL
32
取手 3.4 37.4 [* 4] Jōsō Line Toride Ibaraki
End of suburban section
Fujishiro 藤代 6.0 43.4       Two
Sanuki 佐貫 2.1 45.5 Ryūgasaki Line Ryūgasaki
Ushiku 牛久 5.1 50.6   Ushiku
Hitachino-Ushiku ひたち野うしく 3.9 54.5  
Arakawaoki 荒川沖 2.7 57.2   Tsuchiura
Tsuchiura 土浦 6.6 63.8  
Kandatsu 神立 6.1 69.9    
Takahama 高浜 6.5 76.4   Ishioka
Ishioka 石岡 3.6 80.0  
Hatori 羽鳥 6.5 86.5   Omitama
Iwama 岩間 5.4 91.9   Kasama
Tomobe 友部 6.9 98.8 Mito Line (some trains through to Mito)
Uchihara 内原 4.7 103.5   Mito
Akatsuka 赤塚 5.8 109.3  
Kairakuen 偕楽園 4.1 113.4 [* 5]  
Mito 水戸 1.9 115.3 Suigun Line
Kashima Rinkai Railway Ōarai Kashima Line
Katsuta 勝田 5.8 121.1 Minato Line Hitachinaka
Sawa 佐和 4.2 125.3  
Tōkai 東海 4.7 130.0   Tōkai, Naka District
Ōmika 大甕 7.4 137.4   Hitachi
Hitachi-Taga 常陸多賀 4.6 142.0  
Hitachi 日立 4.9 146.9  
Ogitsu 小木津 5.5 152.4  
Jūō 十王 4.2 156.6  
Takahagi 高萩 5.9 162.5   Takahagi
Minami-Nakagō 南中郷 4.5 167.0   Kitaibaraki
Isohara 磯原 4.6 171.6  
Ōtsukō 大津港 7.1 178.7  
Nakoso 勿来 4.5 183.2   Iwaki Fukushima
Ueda 植田 4.6 187.8  
Izumi 7.2 195.0  
Yumoto 湯本 6.5 201.5  
Uchigō 内郷 3.5 205.0  
Iwaki いわき 4.4 209.4 Banetsu East Line
Kusano 草野 5.4 214.8  
Yotsukura 四ツ倉 4.4 219.2   v
Hisanohama 久ノ浜 4.8 224.0  
Suetsugi 末続 3.6 227.6  
Hirono 広野 4.8 232.4   ^ Hirono, Futaba District
Kido 木戸 5.4 237.8   v Naraha, Futaba District
Tatsuta 竜田 3.1 240.9  
Tomioka 富岡 6.9 247.8 ×[* 6]   Tomioka, Futaba District
Yonomori 夜ノ森 5.2 253.0 ×  
Ōno 大野 4.9 257.9 ×   ^ Ōkuma, Futaba District
Futaba 双葉 5.8 263.7 ×   v Futaba, Futaba District
Namie 浪江 4.9 268.6   Namie, Futaba District
Momouchi 桃内 4.9 273.5   Minamisōma
Odaka 小高 4.0 277.5  
Iwaki-Ōta 磐城太田 4.9 282.4  
Haranomachi 原ノ町 4.5 286.9  
Kashima 鹿島 7.5 294.4  
Nittaki 日立木 6.7 301.1   Sōma
Sōma 相馬 5.9 307.0  
Komagamine 駒ヶ嶺 4.4 311.4   Shinchi, Sōma District
Shinchi 新地 4.4 315.8  
Sakamoto 坂元 5.4 321.2   Yamamoto, Watari District Miyagi
Yamashita 山下 4.5 325.7  
Hamayoshida 浜吉田 3.9 329.6   Watari, Watari District
Watari 亘理 5.0 334.6  
Ōkuma 逢隈 3.2 337.8  
Iwanuma 岩沼 5.3 343.1 Tōhoku Main Line (for Fukushima) ^ Iwanuma
Tōhoku Main Line
Tatekoshi 館腰 3.7 346.8   Two Natori
Natori 名取 3.5 350.3 Sendai Airport Line
Minami-Sendai 南仙台 2.7 353.0   Taihaku-ku, Sendai
Taishidō 太子堂 2.2 355.2  
Nagamachi 長町 1.0 356.2 Sendai Subway Namboku Line
Sendai 仙台 4.5 360.7 Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Tohoku Main Line (for Ichinoseki and Rifu), Senzan Line, Senseki Line
Sendai Subway Namboku Line, Sendai Subway Tōzai Line
Aoba-ku, Sendai
  1. ^ All trains through to/from Yoyogi-Uehara; some trains continue through on the Odakyu Odawara Line to/from Hon-Atsugi and the Odakyu Tama Line to/from Karakida
  2. ^ Local trains to/from the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line use the underground Chiyoda Line platforms.
  3. ^ Some rapid trains run between Ueno and Narita via Abiko
  4. ^ a b Only mornings and evenings between Abiko and Toride
  5. ^ Daytime Mito-bound trains stop here only during the Japanese plum blossom season
  6. ^ Scheduled to reopen at end of 2017

Rolling stock[edit]

Commuter stock[edit]

Outer suburban stock[edit]

  • E531 series 10+5-car EMUs (blue stripe) (from July 2005)

Limited express stock[edit]

Past[edit]

History[edit]

The Mito Railway opened the line in sections between 1889 and 1905. The dates of the individual section openings are given below. After the line was nationalised in 1906, a program of double-tracking commenced in 1910, with the 219 km section between Nippori and Yotsukura completed in 1925. The Hirono - Kido and Ono - Futaba sections were double-tracked in 1976.

The first section electrified was Nippori - Matsudo (at 1,500 V DC) in 1936, and extended to Toride in 1949. The Toride - Kusano section was electrified at 20 kV AC between 1961 and 1963, and extended to Iwanumi in 1967.

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami caused severe disruption to the line, with services to Iwaki (209.4km from Nippori) re-established by 17 April, to Yotsukura (a further 9.8km) by 14 May, and to Hirono (another 13.2km) by 10 October 2011. Services on the 8.5km Hirono - Tatsuta section returned on 1 June 2014.

At the northern end, services on the isolated 20.1km Haranomachi - Soma section were restored on 21 December 2011, with services from Iwanuma to Hamayoshida (13.5km) restored on 16 March 2013. Services resumed on the 9.4km Haranomachi - Odaka section on 12 July 2016 and the 22.6km Hamayoshida - Soma section was rebuilt at a higher, tsunami-proof level, and reopened on 10 December 2016, re-establishing the connection to Sendai for stations north of Odaka. The 33.6km Odaka - Tatsuta section is proposed to reopen in stages by March 2020.[1]

Timelines[edit]

  • January 16, 1889: Mito Railway (Mito — Oyama) begins operation.
  • November 26, 1890: Mito Railway Freight Line (Mito — Nakagawa) begins operation.
  • March 1, 1892: Mito Railway becomes part of the Nippon Railway.
  • November 4, 1895: Nippon Railway Tsuchiura Line (Tsuchiura — Tomobe) begins operation.
  • December 1, 1895: Hatori Station opens.
  • December 25, 1896: Tsuchiura Line (Tabata — Tsuchiura), Sumidagawa Line (Tabata — Sumidagawa) begin operation.
  • February 25, 1897: Iwaki Line (Mito — Taira [present-day Iwaki]) begins operation.
  • May 17, 1897: Tsuchiura Line Kameari Station opens.
  • August 29, 1897: Iwaki Line (Taira — Kunohama) begins operation.
  • November 10, 1897: Iwaki Line (Nakamura [present-day Sōma] — Iwanuma) begins operation.
  • December 27, 1897: Tsuchiura Line Kanamachi Station opens.
  • January 1898: Kitasenju — Sumidagawa connection opens.
  • April 1, 1898: Ishigami Station opens.
  • April 3, 1898: Iwaki Line (Haranomachi — Nakamura) begins operation.
  • May 11, 1898: Iwaki Line (Odaka — Haranomachi) begins operation.
  • August 6, 1898: Tsuchiura Line Mabashi Station opens.
  • August 23, 1898: Iwaki Line (Kunohama — Odaka) begins operation, connecting Tabata and Iwanuma. Tsuchiura Line and Mito Line (Tomobe — Mito) and Iwaki Line are collectively renamed the Kaigan Line.
  • December 1, 1898: Taka Station is renamed Iwaki-Ōta Station.
  • August 4, 1900: Sanuki Station opens.
  • November 22, 1904: Ōno Station opens.
  • April 1, 1905: With the completion of Mikawashima — Nippori connection, the present-day route is finished. Nippori and Mikawashima Stations open. Service from Ueno to Tabata and back is abolished.
  • November 1, 1906: Nippon Railway is nationalized.
  • March 25, 1909: Tatsuta Station opens.
  • October 12, 1909: Kaigan Line split and renamed: Jōban Line (Nippori — Iwanuma) and Sumidagawa Line (Tabata — Sumidagawa). Jōban Line also handles freight services.
  • February 16, 1910: Minami-Nakagō Station opens.
  • March 18, 1910: Katsuta and Ogitsu Stations open.
  • May 1, 1911: Kita-Kogane Station opens.
  • May 5, 1911: Sumidagawa Line is merged into the Jōban Line.
  • June 1, 1915: Yoshida Station is renamed Hamayoshida Station.
  • March 15, 1921: Yonomori Station opens.
  • August 15, 1922: Nittaki Station opens.
  • February 2, 1925: Kōen-Shimo Station opens, but only operates during the ume blossom-viewing season.
  • October 28, 1925: Nippori — Taira connection finished (joined with northern tracks in 1965).
  • December 11, 1936: Nippori — Matsudo tracks are electrified.
  • October 1, 1939: Shimomago Station is renamed Hitachi-Taga Station.
  • October 20, 1939: Sukegawa Station is renamed Hitachi Station.
  • February 15, 1944: Momouchi signal box is built between Namie and Odaka.
  • February 20, 1944: Suetsugi signal box is built between Kunohama and Hirono.
  • June 1, 1947: Suetsugi signal box becomes Suetsugi Station.
  • August 10, 1948: Momouchi signal box becomes Momouchi Station.
  • May 10, 1949: Shimoyama Station opens.
  • June 1, 1949: Matsudo — Toride tracks are electrified.
  • July 6, 1949: In what is known as the Shimoyama incident, JNR president at the time, Shimoyama Sadanori, is mysteriously found dead between Kita-Senju and Ayase Stations.
  • May 10, 1950: Sekimoto Station is renamed Ōtsukō Station.
  • May 1, 1952: Kita-Matsudo Station opens.
  • July 10, 1952: Komagamine Station opens.
  • October 1, 1953: Minami-Kashiwa Station opens.
  • December 20, 1956: Tsuzura Station is renamed Uchigō Station.
  • April 1, 1957: Ishigami Station is renamed Tōkai Station.
  • June 1, 1958: Semi-express Tokiwa begins operation.
  • October 10, 1958: The Limited express Hatsukari begins operation (Ueno — Aomori). It stops at Ueno, Mito, Taira, and Sendai Stations when it runs on the Jōban Line tracks.
  • October 1, 1959: Nagatsuka Station is renamed Futaba Station.
  • October 1, 1960: Kanayama signal box is built between Tatsuta and Tomioka. Ōkuma signal box is built between Watari and Iwanuma.
  • March 20, 1961: Nakamura Station is renamed Sōma Station.
  • June 1, 1961: Toride — Katsuta tracks are electrified.
  • May 3, 1962: The Mikawashima Rail Crash occurs between Mikawashima and Minami-Senju when an Iwaki-bound passenger train crashes into the wreckage of a crash between an Ueno-bound passenger train and an Ueno-bound freight train. 160 people die and 296 are injured in the incident.
  • October 1, 1962: Katsuta — Takahagi tracks are electrified.
  • May 1, 1963: Takahagi — Taira tracks are electrified.
  • April 20, 1963: Takahira signal box is built between Haranomachi and Kashima.
  • September 30, 1963: Taira — Kusano tracks are electrified.
  • March 5, 1966: Tokiwa semi-express becomes an express.
  • February 1, 1967: Kōen-Shimo Station is renamed Kairakuen Station.
  • August 20, 1967: With the electrification of the Kusano — Iwanuma tracks, the entire Jōban Line becomes electrified.
  • October 1, 1968: Hatsukari express is rerouted to the Tōhoku Main Line.
  • October 1, 1969: Kairakuen Station becomes a temporary station. Seasonal Hitachi express begins operation.
  • April 10, 1970: Freight line Kita-Kashiwa Station opens.
  • October 1, 1970: Hitachi operates as a regular express.
  • April 20, 1971: Construction of the Kita-Senju — Abiko Joban Local Line is finished and runs through service to the Eidan Subway Chiyoda Line (present-day Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line). (The Chiyoda Line only ran as far as Kasumigaseki at the time). Tennōdai Station opens and Kita-Kashiwa Station is open to passengers.
  • April 1, 1973: Shin-Matsudo Station opens.
  • March 31, 1978: With the extension of its tracks to Yoyogi-Uehara Station, the Chiyoda Line shares tracks with the Odakyu Odawara Line up to Hon-Atsugi Station. 203 series trains are introduced to run through service to the Chiyoda Line.
  • November 15, 1982: Jōban Local Line extended from Abiko — Toride.
  • February 1, 1984: Mito — Nakagawa freight line is closed.
  • March 14, 1985: Bampaku-Chūō Station is temporarily opened (until September 16) for the Tsukuba Expo '85. The Uchigō-System-ku is abolished. The Tokiwa express is discontinued.
  • April 1, 1987: With the split of JNR, the Joban Line becomes part of JR East.
  • August 2, 1988: Ōkuma signal box becomes Ōkuma Station.
  • March 11, 1989: 651 series Super Hitachi limited-express EMUs enter service.
  • February 1, 1993: Kanayama signal box is abolished.
  • February 10, 1993: Takahira signal box is abolished.
  • December 3, 1994: Taira Station is renamed Iwaki Station.
  • December 1, 1995: E501 series begins service between Ueno and Tsuchiura.
  • October 1, 1997: E653 series Fresh Hitachi limited-express EMUs enter service.
  • March 14, 1998: Hitachino-Ushiku Station opens where Bampaku-Chūō Station used to stand.
  • December 7, 1998: 485 series Hitachi limited-express EMUs are retired.
  • March 3, 2002: New E231 series EMUs introduced on commuter services.
  • March 13, 2004: Kawajiri Station is renamed Jūō Station. Regular trains begin making stops at Mikawashima and Minami-Senju Stations throughout the day.
  • October 16, 2004: Medium-distance trains are called rapid trains for the section between Ueno and Toride.
  • July 9, 2005: New E531 series dual-voltage EMUs enter service on line. Special Rapid Service begins between Ueno — Tsuchiura. Commuter Rapid service from Ueno ends. One Commuter Rapid service still runs from Mito to Ueno.
  • March 17, 2006: All Commuter Rapid Service ends.
  • May 15, 2006: Women-only cars introduced on Joban Local Line trains [7:10 – 9:30 AM measured by the time the trains pass through Ayase station] from Toride running through to Yoyogi-Uehara on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.
  • January 6, 2007: Double-deck Green cars are phased in on E531 series EMUs running between Ueno and Takahagi. No Green car supplement required until start of new timetable on 2007-03-18.
  • February 21, 2007: E501 series EMUs removed from Ueno – Tsuchiura services.
  • March 18, 2007: Full Green car service commences on E531 series EMUs running between Ueno and Takahagi; E501 series EMUs reassigned to Mito Line and Jōban services north of Tsuchiura become 10-car or 5-car formations only
  • March 15, 2008: Suica use extended to stations between Hitachi and Takahagi
  • March 14, 2009: Suica use extended to Takahagi – Iwaki and Haranomachi – Yamashita sections
  • September 9, 2009: E233 series 10-car EMUs introduced on Chiyoda Line through services
  • March 11, 2011: During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a 4-car train on the line was picked up off the tracks by the tsunami surge and overturned at Shinchi and Tomioka stations. All passengers from the train were evacuated before the tsunami came ashore. Tomioka was affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and was prohibited entrance without legal permission.
  • January 8, 2014: Thales is selected to design Japan's first communications-based train control system (CBTC) on the line.[9]
  • May 2014: Test-running commenced on the section of the line between Hirono and Tatsuta stations closed since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, with the intention of resuming passenger services on this section from 1 June.[10]
  • June 1, 2014: Train operations resumed between Hirono and Tatsuta.[11]
  • July 12, 2016: Train operations were resumed between Odaka and Haranomachi stations in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.[12]
  • December 10, 2016: The 23 km reconstructed section between Soma and Hamayoshida reopened.[1]
  • April 1, 2017: Train services from Odaka south to Namie resumed. [13]

Former connecting lines[edit]

Tsukuba Railway train at Iwase station
Kashima Light Railway RM3 (see Mito station entry)
Kashima Sangu Railway train
  • Tsuchiura Station: The Tsukura Railway opened a 40 km line to Iwase on the Mito Line in 1918. Freight services ceased in 1981, and the line closed in 1987.
  • Tsuchiura Station: A 5 km line to Ami, electrified at 600 VDC, was operated by the Southern Electric Railway Co. between 1926/28 and 1938.
  • Mito Station: The Mito Seashore Electric Railway Co. opened a line eventually extending 21 km between Kamimito and Nakaminato-Cho, electrified at 600 VDC, between 1922 and 1930. It closed in sections between 1953 and 1966. At Onuki station (12 km from Mito) on this line the Kashima Light Railway Co. operated a 17 km 762mm gauge line between 1926 and 1930 to Hokota (see Ishioka station entry below).
  • Mito Station: The Mito Electric Railway Co. operated an 11 km line to Okunotani (not electrified, despite the company name) between 1929 and 1936.
  • Ishioka Station: The Kashima Sangu Railway opened a 27 km line to Hokota between 1924 and 1929. Freight services ceased in 2002 and the line closed in 2007.
  • Akatsuka Station: A 25 km line to Gozenyama was opened by the Ibaraki Railway Co. in 1926/27. In 1944/45 the first 4 km of the line to Minami Hakamatsuka was electrified. The line closed in sections between 1965 and 1971.
  • Tokai Station: The Ibaraki Prefectural Government operated a 4 km 762 mm (2'6") gauge line to Muramutsu between 1926 and 1933.
  • Omika Station: An 11 km line to Johoku Ota (now Hitachi-Ota on the Suigun Line) was opened by the Johoku Electric Railway in 1928/29. In 1944 the company merged with the Hitachi Electric Railway, and a 7 km line to Akukawa was opened in 1947. Both lines were electrified at 600 V DC from opening. CTC signalling was commissioned in 1969, and in 1971 the lines became the first electric railway in Japan converted to one-person operation. Both lines closed in 2005.
  • Izumi Station: The Onahama Horse tram opened a 762 mm gauge line 5 km to its namesake town in 1907, and extended the line a further 5 km to Ena in 1916. The Onahama - Ena section closed in 1936, the company renamed itself the Onahama Port Railway in 1939, and converted the line to 1,067 mm gauge in 1941. The Ena Railway rebuilt the Onahama - Ena section as 1,067 mm gauge in 1953. In 1965 a typhoon caused the collapse of a retaining wall, and the Onahama - Ena section formally closed in 1967. The passenger service on the Izumi - Onahama section ceased in 1972, the line is now freight-only operated by the Fukushima Rinkai Railway.
  • Yumoto station: The 10 km 762mm gauge Iwaki Coalmine Railway operated to Onahama between 1905 and 1944.
  • Yumoto station: A 6 km 762mm gauge line to Nagahashi was operated by the Iwaki City Council between 1914 and 1929.
  • Uchigo station: The Furukawa Co. built a 7 km 762mm gauge line to the Kita-Yoshima coal mine in 1905. In 1908 the line was rebuilt to 1067mm gauge and shortened by 1 km. The mine and line closed in 1969.
  • Iwaki station: The Yoshima and Akai local railways connected here, details of these lines are not currently available.

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

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