Sendai Airport Line

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Sendai Airport Line
Sendai Airport Station 20080101.JPG
The Sendai Airport terminus with JR E721-500 series (left) and SAT721 (right) trains at the platforms
Overview
Native name仙台空港線
OwnerSendai Rapid Transit.png Sendai Airport Transit
LocaleMiyagi Prefecture
TerminiNatori
Sendai Airport
Stations4
Technical
Line length7.1 km (4.4 mi)
Number of tracksSingle track
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification20,000 V AC
Route map

Linemap of Sendai Airport Transit.svg

km
10.4
Sendai
0.0
Natori
1.8
Morisekinoshita
3.8
Mitazono
7.1
Sendai Airport Sendai Airport

The Sendai Airport Line, or Sendai Airport Access Line (仙台空港アクセス線, Sendai Kūkō akusesu sen) is an airport rail link service connecting Sendai Airport to Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Rail service began on March 18, 2007.

Data[edit]

The third-sector Sendai Airport Transit Co., Ltd. (SAT) started construction of the line in 2002. The construction cost is expected to reach 34.9 billion yen, and it may take as long as thirty years before the railway turns a profit.[1]

  • Route: Natori StationSendai Airport Station
  • Length: 7.1 km
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Number of stations: 4, including terminals
  • Multiple-track sections: Single-track except for passing loop at Mitazono Station
  • Electrification: 20,000 V AC
  • Block system: Special automatic blocking (planned)
  • Rolling stock: JR E721-500 and SAT721 series 2-car EMUs

Station list[edit]

Station Japanese Distance
(km)
Transfers Location
Natori 名取 0.0 Natori, Miyagi
Morisekinoshita 杜せきのした 1.8
Mitazono 美田園 3.8
Sendai Airport 仙台空港 7.1

Rolling stock[edit]

SAT has ordered six 2-car SAT721 trainsets which are used in conjunction with similar design JR E721-500 series sets. The stainless-steel bodied trains feature barrier-free design and have a top speed of 120 km/h. LED indicators show the stations and destination. Train interior and exterior announcements are given in Japanese and English.

Connections[edit]

From Natori Station, service extends via the Tōhoku Main Line tracks to Sendai Station, a stop for the Tōhoku Shinkansen express trains located in central Sendai. From Sendai Station, it takes 17 minutes (rapid service) or 25 minutes (local service) to get to the airport. The railway also has advertised that Sendai Airport can be reached from neighboring cities such as Fukushima and Ichinoseki in under one hour.

Trains can be up to six cars in length. Besides being faster than existing bus services from the city, with a fare of 400 yen from Natori Station, or 650 yen from Sendai Station, the rail service is also less expensive.

Sendai Airport Transit[edit]

Logo of Sendai Airport Transit
A SAT721 series train owned by SAT

Sendai Airport Transit Co., Ltd. (仙台空港鉄道 株式会社, Sendai Kūkō Tetsudō Kabushikigaisha, or, SAT) is a third-sector company in charge of constructing and running the Sendai Airport Line train service between Sendai Airport Station and Natori Station in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

The company was founded on April 7, 2000, and as of 2015 has capital of over seven billion yen.[2] The Sendai Airport Line opened on March 18, 2007, electrified at 20 kV AC. The line was severely damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and service was suspended indefinitely from March 11, 2011, and reopened on October 1 of that year.[3]

Rolling stock[edit]

The company owns three two-car SAT721 series EMU trains (identical in design to the JR East E721-500 series sets)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kahoku Shimpō (河北新報); December 5, 2006
  2. ^ "会社情報 | 仙台空港鉄道株式会社・仙台空港アクセス線". Senat.co.jp. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". www.asahi.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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