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A Kanto Railway KiHa 2300 series two-car DMU in July 2008
|Opened||1 November 1913|
|Line length||51.1 km|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||290 m|
|Operating speed||90 km/h (55.92mph)|
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)
- KiHa 5010 series (from February 2017)
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.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
- Hisakyu's Railway Guide (Go to "North Kanto" and "Kanto Railway").
- Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.
- 2月デビューの関東鉄道キハ5010形 撮影会開催 [Photographic event for Kanto Railway 5010 series entering service in February]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 1 February 2017. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.