Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line

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Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line
Konan Railway-7101.jpg
A Konan 7000 series EMU at Kuroishi Station
Native name 弘南線
Type Heavy rail passenger
Status Operational
Locale Aomori Prefecture
Termini Hirosaki
Stations 13
Opened 7 September 1927 (1927-09-07)
Owner Kōnan Railway Company
Line length 16.8 km (10.4 mi)
Number of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 240 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 65 km/h (40 mph)

The Kōnan Line (弘南線 Kōnan-sen?) is a railway route operated by the Japanese private railway operator Kōnan Railway} in Aomori Prefecture, from Hirosaki Station in Hirosaki to Kuroishi Station in Kuroishi.

Station list[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Hirosaki 弘前 - 0.0 Ou Main Line, Gono Line Hirosaki
Hirosaki-Higashikōmae 弘前東高前 0.9 0.9  
Undōkōenmae 運動公園前 1.2 2.1  
Nisato 新里 1.5 3.6  
Tachita 館田 1.6 5.2  
Hiraka 平賀 2.3 7.5  
Hakunōkōkōmae 柏農高校前 2.0 9.5  
Tsugaru-Onoe 津軽尾上 1.6 11.1  
Onoekōkōmae 尾上高校前 1.4 12.5  
Tamboāto* 田んぼアート   Inakadate, Minamitsugaru District
Inakadate 田舎館 13.8  
Sakaimatsu 境松 1.5 15.3   Kuroishi
Kuroishi 黒石 1.5 16.8  
  • Tamboāto Station is open from April to November only.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

Rolling stock on the line consists of former Tokyu 6000 and 7000 series EMUs.[2] Ex-Nankai Railway 1521 series 4-door EMUs were also previously used, but these were withdrawn in 2008 following the discontinuation of limited-stop "Rapid" services.[2] An electric locomotive is also available for use on winter snow-clearing duties.[2]


The Kōnan Railway was founded on March 27, 1926, and began operations between Hirosaki and Tsugaru-Onoe Station on September 7, 1927.[2] On July 1, 1948, the line was electrified at 600 volts DC.[2] The line was extended to Kōnan-Kuroishi Station (present-day Kuroishi Station) on July 1, 1950.[2] Voltage on the line was raised to 750 volts on April 1, 1954, and to 1,500 volts on September 1, 1961.[citation needed]

Freight services ceased in 1984.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Kuroishi station - The 7km line to Kawabe on the Ou Main Line was opened in 1912 by the JGR, transferred to the Konan Railway Co. in 1984, the year that freight services ceased, and closed in 1998.


A train derailed at Hiraka Station on June 12, 2007, but no injuries were reported.[citation needed]


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

  • Harris, Ken and Clarke, Jackie. Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group (2008). ISBN 0-7106-2861-7
  1. ^ Suga, Yoshitaka (November 2013). 弘南鉄道弘南線に「たんぼアート駅」開業 [Tamboāto Station opens on KOnan Railway Konan Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 53 no. 631. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. p. 159. 
  2. ^ 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. 13. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 

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