Aichi Loop Line

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Aichi Loop Line
Aikan logomark.svg
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Local train at Yakusa Station
Overview
Locale Aichi Prefecture
Termini Okazaki
Kōzōji
Stations23
Service
Type Commuter rail
Operator(s)Aichi Loop Railway
Rolling stock Aichi Loop Railway 2000 series
History
Opened31 January 1988
Technical
Line length45.3 km (28.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed110 km/h (68 mph)
Route map
Map of Aichi loop line and other nearby lines Aichi Loop Line Area Map.png
Map of Aichi loop line and other nearby lines

The Aichi Loop Line (愛知環状鉄道線, Aichi Kanjō Tetsudō-sen, "Aichi Loop Railway Line") is a Japanese railway line connecting Okazaki Station in Okazaki and Kōzōji Station in Kasugai, operated by the Aichi Loop Railway (愛知環状鉄道, Aichi Kanjō Tetsudō). The company or the line is abbreviated as Aikan (愛環). This is the only line the company operates. Despite its name, the line is not a true loop, but a north-south line situated east of Nagoya, which can be considered as an unclosed loop (with the JR Tokaido line and Chuo Line serving as the portions of the circle).

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The Aichi Loop Railway is a third sector company, with shares held by public sector such as Aichi Prefecture, the city of Toyota, and also by private companies. Unlike typical third-sector lines in Japan, the Aichi Loop Line makes a profit, since the line functions as a commuter rail line for nearby Toyota Motor factories.

Basic data

Services

There are no rapid services. All trains stop at every station. Three or four trains run per hour.

Station list

Station
No.
StationJapaneseDistance (km)Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
01 Okazaki 岡崎-0.0 Tōkaidō Main Line Okazaki
02 Mutsuna 六名1.71.7 
03 Naka-Okazaki 中岡崎1.73.4 Meitetsu Nagoya Line (Okazaki-Kōen-Mae )^
04 Kita-Okazaki 北岡崎1.95.3 v
05 Daimon 大門1.26.5 
06 Kitano-Masuzuka 北野桝塚2.28.7 ^
07 Mikawa-Kamigō 三河上郷2.010.7 v Toyota
08 Ekaku 永覚1.712.4 
09 Suenohara 末野原1.614.0 
10 Mikawa-Toyota 三河豊田1.915.9 ^
11 Shin-Uwagoromo 新上挙母1.717.6 Meitetsu Mikawa Line (Uwagoromo )
12 Shin-Toyota 新豊田1.919.5 Meitetsu Mikawa Line (Toyotashi)v
13 Aikan-Umetsubo 愛環梅坪2.021.5 
14 Shigō 四郷2.023.5 
15 Kaizu 貝津2.025.5 
16 Homi 保見1.326.8 
17 Sasabara 篠原2.429.2 
18 Yakusa 八草2.832.0 Linimo (L09)
19 Yamaguchi 山口2.634.6  Seto
20 Setoguchi 瀬戸口2.136.7 
21 Setoshi 瀬戸市2.439.1 Meitetsu Seto Line (Shin-Seto)^
22 Nakamizuno 中水野2.841.9 
23 Kōzōji 高蔵寺3.445.3 Chūō Main Line [* 1] Kasugai
  1. (some trains through to/from Nagoya)

Rolling stock

Services are operated by a fleet of 2-car 2000 series EMUs. [1]

History

The first section of the line between Okazaki and Kitano-Masuzuka opened in 1970 as the Okata Line (岡多線), a freight rail line of Japanese National Railways (JNR). The section between Kitano-Masuzuka and Shin-Toyota was extended and the whole line started a passenger service in 1976.

Another part of the line, between Setoshi and Kōzōji, was originally planned as the JNR Seto Line, a (later cancelled) freight line. The Okata Line, merged with the planned Seto Line route and the link between two, was renamed the Aichi Loop Line in 1988.

The newly founded Aichi Loop Line Company took over the line from Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), with services starting on 31 January 1988. [2]

From 1 October 2005, through services began over the JR Chuo Main Line to Nagoya Station. [2]

See also

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References

  1. 私鉄車両編成表 2012[Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2012]. Japan: JRR. July 2012. p. 97. ISBN   978-4-330-29911-2.
  2. 1 2 Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄[Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 110. ISBN   978-4-7770-1336-4.