Yahiko Line

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Yahiko Line
JReastYahikoLine Yahikostation.jpg
Yahiko Station and a 115-500 series EMU in April 2014
Overview
Native name 弥彦線
Type Regional rail
Locale Niigata Prefecture
Termini Higashi-Sanjō
Yahiko
Stations 8
Operation
Opened 1916
Owner JR logo (east).svgJR East
Rolling stock 115 series/E127 series/E129 series
Technical
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)
Route map
JR Yahiko Line linemap.svg

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.

Stations[edit]

Name Japanese Distance
(km)
Transfers   Location
Yahiko 弥彦 0.0   Yahiko Niigata Prefecture
Yahagi 矢作 2.3  
Yoshida 吉田 4.9 Echigo Line Tsubame
Nishi-Tsubame 西燕 8.0  
Tsubame 10.3  
Tsubame-Sanjō 燕三条 12.9 Shinkansen-E.pngJoetsu Shinkansen Sanjō
Kita-Sanjō 北三条 15.4  
Higashi-Sanjō 東三条 17.4 Shinetsu Main Line

Symbols:

  • | - Single-track
  • ◇ - Single-track; station where trains can pass

Rolling stock[edit]

New E129 series EMUs were introduced on local services on the line from fiscal 2014.[1]

Former[edit]

  • 115-500 series 2 car EMUs (until March 2015)

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Freight services ceased in 1960, and the line was electrified in 1984.[citation needed]

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • 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.[citation needed]
  • Higashi-Sanjo station: An 8 km line to Echigo Nagasawa operated between 1927 and 1985.[citation needed]

References[edit]

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ 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. 

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