Ōito Line

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Ōito Line
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A JR East E127 series EMU on the Oito Line in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture
Overview
Native name大糸線
StatusIn operation
Owner JR East, JR West
Locale Nagano, Niigata Prefectures
Termini Matsumoto
Itoigawa
Stations41
Service
Type Heavy rail
Operator(s)JR East, JR West
Rolling stock E127 series EMU, 211 series EMU, E353 series EMU, KiHa 120 series DMU
History
Opened1915
Technical
Line length105.4 km (65.5 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
CharacterRural and scenic
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC (Matsumoto - Minami-Otari)
None (Minami-Otari - Itoigawa)
Operating speed95 km/h (59 mph)
Route map
JR Ooito Line linemap.svg

The Ōito Line (大糸線, Ōito-sen) is a railway line in Japan which connects Matsumoto Station in Nagano Prefecture with Itoigawa Station in Niigata Prefecture. There are two operators on the line: East Japan Railway Company (JR East) operates the section north of Minami-Otari Station in Otari, Nagano Prefecture, and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) operates the remaining section. Minami-Otari is the boundary for the two companies. The section of the line, operated by JR East, between Minami-Otari and Matsumoto is electrified and trains are fairly regular along this section. The JR West section from Minami-Otari to Itoigawa, however, is not electrified and is used very little, compared to the electrified JR East section. Trains run far less regularly along this part.

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Route data

Services

JR East section

Limited express, Rapid

As of March 2017, the following services are operated.

NameThrough from/toStartEndService frequency (daily)
Limited Express Azusa Chiba/Shinjuku MatsumotoMinami-Otari1 return trip
ShinjukuHakubaseasonal [1]
Rapid Kami-Suwa Matsumoto Shinano-Ōmachi 1 up trip
-Shinano-ŌmachiMinami-Otari1 up trip
Local
Matsumoto – Shinano-Ōmachi: every 30-60 minutes
Shinano-Ōmachi – Minami-Otari: every 60-180 minutes

JR West section

Local
Minami-Otari - Itoigawa: every 120-180 minutes

No limited-stop services like rapids operate on the JR West section. All trains are local services, which stop at every station.

Rolling stock

JR East section

JR West section

Stations

  JR East section

All stations are within Nagano Prefecture.

A: Limited Express Azusa
R: Rapid
Trains stop at stations marked "O", skip at stations marked "|".
No.StationJapaneseDistance(km)ARTransfersLocation
Between
stations
Total
42 Matsumoto 松本-0.0OO Matsumoto
41 Kita-Matsumoto 北松本0.70.7|O 
40 Shimauchi 島内1.92.6|O 
39 Shimatakamatsu 島高松1.23.8|O 
38 Azusabashi 梓橋1.45.2|O  Azumino
37 Hitoichiba 一日市場1.66.8|O 
36 Nakagaya 中萱1.68.4|O 
35 Minami-Toyoshina 南豊科2.010.4|O 
34 Toyoshina 豊科1.011.4OO 
33 Hakuyachō 柏矢町2.814.2|O 
32 Hotaka 穂高2.016.2OO 
31 Ariake 有明2.218.4|O 
30 Azumi-Oiwake 安曇追分1.519.9|O 
29 Hosono 細野2.922.8|  Matsukawa, Kitaazumi District
28 Kita-Hosono 北細野1.023.8| 
27 Shinano-Matsukawa 信濃松川2.226.0|O 
26 Azumi-Kutsukake 安曇沓掛1.628.6|  Ōmachi
25 Shinano-Tokiwa 信濃常盤2.330.9|O 
24 Minami-Ōmachi 南大町3.134.0| 
23 Shinano-Ōmachi 信濃大町1.135.1OO 
ORapid terminus / transfer
22 Kita-Ōmachi 北大町2.137.2| 
21 Shinano-Kizaki 信濃木崎2.239.4|O 
20 Inao 稲尾2.241.6| 
19 Uminokuchi 海ノ口1.342.9| 
18 Yanaba 簗場3.446.3|O 
16 Minami-Kamishiro 南神城4.952.8|  Hakuba, Kitaazumi District
15 Kamishiro 神城2.455.2|O 
14 Iimori 飯森1.556.7| 
13 Hakuba 白馬3.059.7OO 
12 Shinano-Moriue 信濃森上1.961.6|O 
11 Hakuba-Ōike 白馬大池3.865.4|  Otari, Kitaazumi District
10 Chikuni 千国3.468.7| 
9 Minami-Otari 南小谷1.470.1OO

Closed Stations Yanabaskijōmae Station closed on 16 March 2019

  JR West section

StationJapaneseDistance(km)TransfersLocation
Between
stations
Total
Minami-Otari 南小谷-70.1 Otari, Nagano
Nakatsuchi 中土4.074.1 
Kita-Otari 北小谷4.478.5 
Hiraiwa 平岩5.585.0  Itoigawa, Niigata
Kotaki 小滝6.891.8 
Nechi 根知3.695.4 
Kubiki-Ōno 頸城大野4.9100.3 
Himekawa 姫川1.9102.2 
Itoigawa 糸魚川3.2105.4

History

The section between Matsumoto and Shinano-Ōmachi was built between 1915 and 1916 by the Shinano Railway (信濃鉄道, Shinano Tetsudō), which electrified the line in 1926. The company was nationalised in 1937 and was not the same entity as the present Shinano Railway.[ citation needed ]

The rest of the line was built by the Japanese Government Railways (JGR) and the Japanese National Railways (JNR) between 1929 and 1957. The Shinano-Ōmachi to Minami Otari section was electrified between 1959 and 1967. CTC signalling was commissioned in 1983, and freight services ceased in 1987.[ citation needed ]

Following privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the line was divided and assigned to JR East and JR West.

Station numbering was introduced on the line by JR East from 12 December 2016, with stations numbered in sequence from 9 (Minami-Otari) to 42 (Matsumoto). [2]

See also

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Shinano-Tokiwa Station Railway station in Ōmachi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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Chikuni Station Railway station in Otari, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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Minami-Otari Station Railway station in Otari, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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References

  1. "Time Table - Limited Express trains on the Chuo Line". East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. 大糸線に「駅ナンバー」を導入します [Station numbering to be introduced on Oito Line](PDF). News release (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company, Nagano Division. 7 December 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.