Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line

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Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line
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A 9640 series car on the Asa Line, May 2010
Overview
Other name(s) Gomen-Nahari Line
Native name 土佐くろしお鉄道阿佐線
Type Regional rail
Status Operational
Locale Kōchi Prefecture
Termini Gomen
Nahari
Stations 20
Operation
Opened 1 July 2002
Owner Tosa Kuroshio Railway
Technical
Line length 42.7 km (26.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification none
Operating speed 110 km/h (70 mph)

The Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line (土佐くろしお鉄道阿佐線 Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa-sen?) is a 42.7 km Japanese railway line operated by the third-sector railway operator Tosa Kuroshio Railway. It connects Gomen Station in the city of Nankoku with Nahari Station in the city of Nahari in Kōchi Prefecture. The line is also commonly known as the Gomen-Nahari Line (ごめん・なはり線?).[1]

Service outline[edit]

Limited-stop "Rapid" services and some all-stations "Local" services inter-run over the JR Shikoku Dosan Line to and from Kochi Station.[1] Trains are formed of single or two-car diesel multiple units.[1]

Stations[edit]

No. Name Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Transfers Location
GN40 Gomen 後免 0.0 Dosan Line Nankoku Kōchi Prefecture
GN39 Gomenmachi 後免町 1.1 Tosaden Kōtsū Gomen Line
GN38 Tateda 立田 2.9  
GN37 Noichi のいち 5.7   Kōnan
GN36 Yoshikawa よしかわ 8.0  
GN35 Akaoka あかおか 9.3  
GN34 Kagami 香我美 10.7  
GN33 Yasu 夜須 12.4  
GN32 Nishibun 西分 16.4   Geisei
GN31 Wajiki 和食 18.2  
GN30 Akano 赤野 19.6   Aki
GN29 Ananai 穴内 23.6  
GN28 Kyūjōmae 球場前 26.2  
GN27 Aki 安芸 27.7  
GN26 Ioki 伊尾木 30.4  
GN25 Shimoyama 下山 34.7  
GN24 Tōnohama 唐浜 37.0   Yasuda
GN23 Yasuda 安田 38.7  
GN22 Tano 田野 41.5   Tano
GN21 Nahari 奈半利 42.7   Nahari

Rolling stock[edit]

A fleet of 11 9640 series ("9640" can be read as "Kuroshio" in Japanese) stainless steel-bodied diesel multiple unit cars are used on the line, including two cars, 9640-1S and 9640-2S with rounded front ends in a whale motif and an open observation balcony on one side.[2]

History[edit]

The Tosa Kuroshio Railway was established on 8 May 1986 for the purpose of resuming construction of the Sukumo and Asa lines, which had been planned by JNR but abandoned.[1] The company acquired a license to operate the Asa Line in January 1988, and commenced construction of the line, which opened on 1 July 2002.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 173. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ Takai, Kunpei (30 June 2014). Morokawa, Hisashi; Hattori, Akihiro, eds. 全国私鉄超決定版 電車・機関車・気動車1700 [Nationwide Private Railway Ultimate Edition: 1700 EMUs, Locomotives, and DMUs] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Sekaibunka-sha. p. 263. ISBN 978-4-418-14219-4.