Yahiko Line

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Yahiko Line
Kita-Sanjo Station.JPG
Type Regional rail
Locale Niigata Prefecture
Termini Higashi-Sanjō
Stations 8
Opened 1916
Owner JR East
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 in the village of Yahiko and Higashi-Sanjō in the city of Sanjo, both in Niigata Prefecture. The line shares its name with both Yahiko Village and nearby Mt. Yahiko.


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 Joetsu Shinkansen Sanjō
Kita-Sanjō 北三条 15.4  
Higashi-Sanjō 東三条 17.4 Shinetsu Main Line

Rolling stock[edit]

New E129 series EMUs are scheduled to be introduced on local services on the line from fiscal 2014.[1]


The Echigo Railway Co. opened the Yahiko - 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[edit]

  • Tsubame station - The Niigata Kotsu Co. opened a 34km line electrified at 1500 VDC 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 8km line to Echigo Nagasawa operated 1927 - 1985.


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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