Platform of Taura Station
|Location||1-6 Taura-cho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
|Operated by||JR East|
|Passengers (2008)||2,687 daily|
Taura Station (田浦駅? Taura-eki) is a railway station operated by JR East's Yokosuka Line located in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan. It is located 13.8 kilometers from Ōfuna switch point, and 63.2 kilometers from the Tokyo Station.
Taura Station opened on May 1, 1904 as a station on the Japanese Government Railways (JGR), the pre-war predecessor to the Japan National Railways (JNR). The spur line from Ōfuna to serve the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal and related Imperial Japanese Navy facilities at Yokosuka was renamed the Yokosuka Line in October 1909. Freight operations were discontinued from February 1, 1984, but were resumed in 1987. The station came under the management of JR East upon the privatization of the Japan National Railways (JNR) on April 1, 1987 with freight operations under the Japan Freight Railway Company. Station operations are now managed by the East Japan Eco Access Co., Ltd under contract from JR East.
Taura Station has two tracks and a single island platform connected to the station building by an overpass. The station is located in a valley between two tunnels. Because of this, the usable length of the platform is short, necessitating use of a Selective door operation system for longer trains. Specifically, the doors of first car of 11-car trains stopping at the station do not open. Because of this, Yokosuka Line cars (E217 series) are equipped with a switch for keeping the doors shut, and there are warning stickers on the doors that do not open. With the previously used 113 series, there was also a period when the doors at the back of trains did not open.
There is an over-track station building, with exits on either side of the overpass, and ticket gates in the middle. In March 2010, elevators were installed between the concourse (inside the ticket gates) and platform, and between the station building (outside the ticket gates) and the exits. A multi-function toilet was also built.
The roof over the platfoom was built during World War II, and it supports are a mixture of wood and rail iron, even today.
There was previously a green ticket window, but on June 30, 2007 it was replaced with a reserved ticket vending machine.
|1||■Yokosuka Line||Zushi・ Ōfuna・ Yokohama・ Tokyo・ Chiba・ Narita Airport|
|2||■Yokosuka Line||Yokosuka・ Kurihama|
- Harris, Ken and Clarke, Jackie. Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group (2008). ISBN 0-7106-2861-7
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