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A 205 series EMU on the Nikko Line in April 2013
|Rolling stock||205-600 series EMUs|
|Line length||40.5 km (25.2 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
Both the Tobu and JR East railway stations in Nikkō are located within walking distance of each other.
- Trains can pass each other at any station.
|Utsunomiya||宇都宮||-||0.0||Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Tohoku Main Line (Utsunomiya Line), Shōnan-Shinjuku Line||Utsunomiya||Tochigi|
|Nikkō||日光||6.6||40.5||Tōbu Nikkō Line (Tōbu-Nikkō)|
Former rolling stock
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The Nippon Railway Co. opened the line in 1890 and was nationalised in 1906. The line was electrified in 1959, and CTC signalling was commissioned in 1970. Freight services ceased in 1984.
Former connecting lines
- Tsuruta Station:
The Tochigi Prefectural Government opened a 3 km 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line to Nishihara-cho in 1897, extending it 10 km to Yoshihara in 1899 and opening a 4 km branch to Tokujiro the following year. Handcar passenger services commenced on both lines from opening, operating until 1928. A 7.5 km branch from Nishihara-cho to Tateiwa was opened in 1898 to haul gravel.
In 1931, the lines were purchased by the Tobu Railway Co. which closed all bar the Tateiwa branch, which it converted to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge and built a connection to Nishi-Kawada station on the Tobu Utsunomiya Line. The Tateiwa branch ceased operation in 1961 following a landslide and was formally closed in 1964.
- Nikko Station:
The Nikko Electric Railway Co. opened an 8 km line electrified at 600 V DC to Iwanohana between 1907 and 1913, and extended it 2 km to Umakae (approximately 300 m higher than Nikko) in 1931 to connect to a 1.2 km funicular railway that climbed 428 m which opened in 1932. In 1944, electric locomotives began hauling copper ore on the line. Freight tonnage decreased 25% between 1964 and 1966, and passenger numbers decreased by 17% over the same period, resulting in the line closing in 1968. The funicular railway closed in 1970.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- 日光線用107系が営業運転を終了 [Nikko Line 107 series withdrawn from service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
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