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A Kanto Railway KiHa 2300 series DMU
|Opened||1 November 1913|
|Line length||51.1 km|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||290 m|
|Operating speed||80 km/h|
The Jōsō Line (常総線 Jōsō-sen?) is a railway line in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, operated by the operated by the private railway operator Kanto Railway. It is a non-electrified line which connects Toride to Shimodate.
In fiscal 1999, the Jōsō Line carried an annual total of 14.16 million passengers (38,000 per day), making it the busiest non-electrified private line in Japan.
|Name||Japanese||Between stations (km)||Distance (km)||Track||Local||Rapid||Transfers||Location|
Mooka Railway Mooka Line
- KiHa 0 series (ex-JNR KiHa 20)
- KiHa 100 series (driver-only-operation version of KiHa 300)
- KiHa 300 series (ex-JNR KiHa 30)
- KiHa 310 series (ex-JNR KiHa 16/17)
- KiHa 350 series (ex-JNR KiHa 35/36)
- KiHa 2100 series (introduced 1993)
- KiHa 2200 series (introduced 1997)
- KiHa 2300 series (introduced 2000)
- KiHa 2400 series (introduced 2004)
- KiHa 5000 series (introduced 2009)
The Jōsō Railway opened the line on 1 November 1913. In 1945, the company merged with the Tsukuba Railway to form the Jōsō Tsukuba Railway, which merged with the Kanto Railway in 1965.
Originally all single-track, 17.5 kilometres (11 mi) of the line was doubled between Toride and Mitsukaidō by 15 November 1984.
Former connecting lines
- Otago Station: The Kinegawa Gravel Company opened a 6 km freight-only line to Chikusei in 1923. The line was acquired by the Jōsō Railway in 1927, and passenger services commenced the same year. In 1957, passenger services ceased, and the line closed in 1964.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
- Hisakyu's Railway Guide (Go to "North Kanto" and "Kanto Railway").