Jōshin Dentetsu Jōshin Line

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Joshin Dentetsu Joshin Line
Joshin 1000.jpg
A Joshin Electric Railway 1000 series EMU
Overview
Locale Gunma Prefecture
Termini Takasaki
Shimonita
Stations 20
Operation
Opened 1897
Owner Joshin Electric Railway
Technical
Line length 33.7 km (20.9 mi)
Number of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 160 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 85 km/h (55 mph)[1]

The Joshin Line (上信線?, Jōshin-sen) is a Japanese railway line in Gunma Prefecture, between Takasaki Station in Takasaki and Shimonita Station in Shimonita, operated by the private railway operator Joshin Electric Railway (上信電鉄?, Joshin Dentetsu). This is the only line operated by the company, although it also operates a few bus lines. The first section of the line opened in 1897.

Rolling stock[edit]

  • 150 series 2-car EMUs x3 (former Seibu Railway EMUs)
  • 500 series 2-car EMUs x2 (former Seibu Railway EMUs)
  • 1000 series EMUs
  • 6000 series EMUs
  • 7000 series 2-car EMU x1 (since December 2013)[2]
  • Class DeKi 1 electric locomotives DeKi 1 and 3 (built by Siemens)
  • Class ED31 electric locomotive ED31 6 (former JNR Class ED31)

The 1000 and 6000 series EMUs purchased new are unusual in having the driver's seat on the right-hand side facing the direction of travel.[1]

History[edit]

The line opened on 10 May 1897, as a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge steam-hauled railway line from Takasaki to Fukushima (present-day Jōshū-Fukushima), operated by the Kōzuke Railway (上野鉄道?, Kōzuke Tetsudō).[1] The entire line to Shimonita was opened on 25 September in the same year.[1] The line was planned to be extended southward from Shimonita to connect with the Saku Railway (present-day Koumi Line) at Haguroshita, and the owning company was accordingly renamed Joshin Electric Railway (上信電鉄?, Jōshin Denki Tetsudō) from 25 August 1921. The line was ultimately never extended, but the track was regauged to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) and electrified with an overhead wire at 1,500 V DC.[1]

Freight operations on the line were discontinued from 1 October 1994.[1]

Stations[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
Takasaki 高崎駅 - 0.0 Joetsu Shinkansen
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Takasaki Line
Shōnan–Shinjuku Line
Ueno–Tokyo Line
Jōetsu Line
Agatsuma Line
Ryōmō Line and Shin'etsu Main Line
Takasaki, Gunma
Minami-Takasaki 南高崎駅 0.9 0.9  
Sanonowatashi 佐野のわたし駅 1.3 2.2  
Negoya 根小屋駅 1.5 3.7  
Takasaki-Shōka-Daigakumae 高崎商科大学前駅 1.3 5.0  
Yamana 山名駅 1.1 6.1  
Nishi-Yamana 西山名駅 0.9 7.0  
Maniwa 馬庭駅 2.4 9.4  
Yoshii Station 吉井駅 2.3 11.7  
Nishi-Yoshii 西吉井駅 1.7 13.4  
Jōshū-Niiya 上州新屋駅 1.2 14.6   Kanra, Gunma
Jōshū-Fukushima 上州福島駅 2.0 16.6  
Higashi-Tomioka 東富岡駅 2.7 19.3   Tomioka, Gunma
Jōshū-Tomioka 上州富岡駅 0.9 20.2  
Nishi-Tomioka 西富岡駅 0.8 21.0  
Jōshū-Nanokaichi 上州七日市駅 0.8 21.8  
Jōshū-Ichinomiya 上州一ノ宮駅 1.3 23.1  
Kanohara 神農原駅 2.3 25.4  
Nanjai 南蛇井駅 2.8 28.2  
Sendaira 千平駅 1.7 29.9  
Shimonita 下仁田駅 2.7 33.7   Shimonita, Gunma

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f 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. 33. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ 上信電鉄7000形 [Joshin Dentetsu 7000 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 54 (638): 76–77. 2014. 

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