Ōigawa Railway Ōigawa Main Line

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Ōigawa Main Line
C11190 locomotive at Senzu Station
Type Heavy rail
Locale Shizuoka Prefecture
Termini Kanaya
Stations 19
Opening 1927
Operator(s) Ōigawa Railway
Line length 39.5 km
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead

The Ōigawa Main Line (大井川本線 Ōigawa honsen?) is a Japanese railway line which connects Kanaya Station in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture with Senzu Station in Kawanehon, Haibara District, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is owned and operated by the Ōigawa Railway.


The Ōigawa Main Line began operations on June 10, 1927 as a private line for the Ōigawa Electric Company, to carry workers and materials upstream to facilitate dam construction. The single track line was extended from Kanaya in stages, reaching it current terminal station of Senzu on December 1, 1931.

The entire line was electrified on November 18, 1949, with EMUs for the passenger services commencing then and freight operation by electric-powered locomotives beginning in August 1951. Express train operations commenced in 1971.

The line runs through an isolated mountain area with no cities or towns, and has a very small population density. Most of the passengers are tourists visiting one of the hot spring resorts along the line, or alpinists and hikers heading for the peaks of the Southern Alps National Park. To boost ridership and popularity of the line, steam locomotive were restored from July 9, 1976. A variety of historical locomotives and carriages are used, both for the steam and for the electric services, making the line a favourite with train enthusiasts and photographers.

Freight services ceased in 1983.


●: Always stops, ◇: Occasionally stops, |: Passes
Local Trains stop at every station
Name Distance
Connecting lines Location
Kanaya 金谷 0.0 JR Central: Tōkaidō Main Line Shimada Shizuoka
Train on Ōigawa Main Line

Steam Locomotive C11-190
Interior of a heritage carriage hauled by C11-190
Shin-Kanaya 新金谷 2.3  
Daikanchō 代官町 3.8  
Higiri 日切 4.3  
Goka 五和 5.0  
Kamio 神尾 9.8  
Fukuyō 福用 12.3  
Owada 大和田 14.8  
Ieyama 家山 17.1  
Nukuri 抜里 18.8  
Kawaneonsen-Sasamado 川根温泉笹間渡 20.0  
Jina 地名 22.9   Kawanehon
Haibara District
Shiogō 塩郷 24.3  
Shimoizumi 下泉 27.4  
Tanokuchi 田野口 31.0  
Suruga-Tokuyama 駿河徳山 34.1  
Aobe 青部 36.1  
Sakidaira 崎平 37.2  
Senzu 千頭 39.5 Ōigawa Railway: Ikawa Line

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

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