Sagano Line

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Sagano Line
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JRW 221 Sagano.jpg
221 series on a local service
Overview
Native name 嵯峨野線
Type Heavy rail
System Urban Network
Locale Kyoto Prefecture
Termini Kyoto
Sonobe
Operation
Opened 1988 (1897)
Owner JR West
Technical
Line length 34.2 km (21.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 130 km/h (80 mph)

The Sagano Line (嵯峨野線, Sagano-sen) is the popular name for a portion of the Sanin Main Line in the suburbs of Kyoto, Japan. The electrified and double-tracked railway is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area, owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The line starts at Kyoto Station and ends at Sonobe Station.

The Sagano Line forms part of JR West's "Urban Network". This name has been in use since 1988.

Sagano Scenic Railway[edit]

The Sagano Scenic Railway (嵯峨野観光鉄道, Sagano Kankō Tetsudō) is a sightseeing railway that uses an abandoned section of the Sanin Main Line originally built in 1897. In 1989, the Sanin Main Line was rerouted between the present day Saga-Arashiyama Station to Umahori to accommodate track duplication and electrification. However the old route which ran along the Hozu River, had been popular with tourists. The Sagano Scenic Railway, an affiliate of JR West and developed jointly with the city of Kameoka, was founded, and the Sagano Scenic Line began operation in 1991.

The track and stations were all formerly used by the Sanin Main Line and still owned by JR West, while the train is composed of a former JR West Class DE10 diesel locomotive and torokko open-sided cars (derived from the English "truck") converted from former freight gondola cars.

The Sagano Scenic Line stations are as follows (Sagano Line station in parentheses):

Torokko Saga (Saga Arashiyama) - Torokko Arashiyama - Torokko Hozukyo (Hozukyō) - Torokko Kameoka (Umahori)

Stations[edit]

  • All stations on the Sagano Line are located in Kyoto Prefecture
  • Rapid services stop at Kyoto, Nijo, Emmachi, Saga-Arashiyama, and every station from Kameoka to Sonobe.
No. Station Japanese Rapid Distance (km) Connections Location
Sanin Main Line
JR-E01 Kyoto 京都 + 0.0 Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
JR-E02 TBD (scheduled to open in 2019)
JR-E03 Tambaguchi 丹波口 - 2.5
JR-E04 Nijo 二条 + 4.2 Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
JR-E05 Emmachi 円町 + 5.8
JR-E06 Hanazono 花園 - 6.9 Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
JR-E07 Uzumasa 太秦 - 8.6
JR-E08 Saga-Arashiyama 嵯峨嵐山 + 10.3
JR-E09 Hozukyo 保津峡 - 14.3 Kameoka
JR-E10 Umahori 馬堀 - 18.1
  • Sagano Scenic Railway
JR-E11 Kameoka 亀岡 + 20.2
JR-E12 Namikawa 並河 + 23.4
JR-E13 Chiyokawa 千代川 + 25.2
JR-E14 Yagi 八木 + 28.2 Nantan
JR-E15 Yoshitomi 吉富 + 32.2
JR-E16 Sonobe 園部 + 34.2
Continuing service on the Sanin Main Line to Fukuchiyama and beyond

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