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|Rolling stock||115 series/E127 series/E129 series|
|Line length||17.5 km (10.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||85 km/h (55 mph)|
The Yahiko Line (弥彦線, Yahiko-sen) is a Japanese railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) which connects Yahiko Station in the village of Yahiko and Higashi-Sanjō Station in the city of Sanjo, both in Niigata Prefecture. The line shares its name with both Yahiko Village and nearby Mt. Yahiko.
All trains on the line operate as local services stopping at all stations. Most services run between Yahiko and Yoshida, and Yoshida and Higashi-Sanjō. A few services run the full length of the line from Yahiko to Higashi-Sanjō, and one service in the mornings in both directions runs through to the Echigo Line toward Teradomari. There is an hourly service in the mornings and evenings, and service every 2–3 hours during the mid-day.
|Higashi-Sanjō||東三条||17.4||■Shinetsu Main Line||◇|
- | - Single-track
- ◇ - Single-track; station where trains can pass
- E127 series 2-car EMUs (since March 2015)
- E129 series 2/4-car EMUs (since March 2015)
- 115-1000 series 3-car EMUs
- 115-500 series 2 car EMUs (until March 2015)
The Echigo Railway opened the Yahiko to Yoshida section in 1916 and extended the line to Higashi-Sanjo in 1926. The company was nationalised in 1927.
Freight services ceased in 1960, and the line was electrified in 1984.
Former connecting lines
- Tsubame Station: The Niigata Kotsu opened a 34 km line electrified at 1,500 V DC to Sekiya on the Echigo Line in 1933. Freight services ceased in 1982, and the line closed between 1993 and 1999.
- Higashi-Sanjo station: An 8 km line to Echigo Nagasawa operated between 1927 and 1985.
- 通勤形車両の新造計画について [New commuter train manufacture plans] (PDF) (in Japanese). East Japan Railway Company. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.