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E257 series EMU on a Rapid service between Nagano and Matsumoto in April 2008
|Line length||66.7 km (41.4 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
The Shinonoi Line (篠ノ井線 Shinonoi-sen) is a railway line in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Shinonoi Station in Nagano with Shiojiri Station in Shiojiri.
The line is a corridor between the Shinetsu Main Line and the Chūō Main Line. All the limited express trains on the Shinonoi Line come from the Chūō Main Line: Azusa and Super Azusa from Tokyo and Shinano from Nagoya.
All stations are located in Nagano Prefecture.
- ●: All trains stop, ▲: Some trains stop, ｜: non-stop
|Shinonoi Line||Shiojiri||塩尻||0.0||●||■ Chūō Main Line||Shiojiri|
|Nishijō||西条||37.2||●||●||Chikuhoku, Higashichikuma District|
|Hijiri-Kōgen||聖高原||45.0||●||●||Omi, Higashichikuma District|
|Kamuriki||冠着||48.3||▲||▲||Chikuhoku, Higashichikuma District|
|Shinonoi||篠ノ井||66.7||●||●||Shinano Railway Line|
|Shin'etsu Main Line|
- Although the official terminus of the Iiyama Line is at Toyono, trains on the line run through to Nagano.
Passing loops and switchbacks
Former rolling stock
The Shinonoi to Nishijo section opened in 1900, and was extended via Matsumoto to Shiojiri in 1902.
The Shiojiri to Matsumoto section was double-tracked between 1961 and 1965, with the Tazawa to Akashina section double-tracked in 1966. The Akashina to Nishijo section was also double-tracked, but the original line was decommissioned in 1988.
The Shiojiri to Matsumoto section was electrified in 1964/5, and extended to Shinonoi in 1973, CTC signalling being commissioned on the entire line the previous year.
Former connecting lines
- Matsumoto Station: The Chikuma Electric Railway opened a 5 km line, electrified at 600 V DC, to Asama Onsen in 1924. In 1958 the voltage was raised to 750 V DC, but the line closed in 1964.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.