Ainokaze Toyama Railway

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Ainokaze Toyama Railway
Native name
あいの風とやま鉄道
Type Third sector
Genre Rail transport
Founded24 July 2012
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Toyama Prefecture
Services Passenger railway
Number of employees
155 (as of January 2015)
Website ainokaze.co.jp

The Ainokaze Toyama Railway (あいの風とやま鉄道株式会社, Ainokaze Toyama Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese third-sector railway operating company established in 2012 to operate passenger railway services on the section of the JR West Hokuriku Main Line within Toyama Prefecture when it was separated from the JR West network in March 2015, coinciding with the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension from Nagano to Kanazawa. The company was founded on 24 July 2012, and has its headquarters in Toyama (city) in Toyama Prefecture. [1]

Shareholders

As of 2013, Toyama Prefecture is the main shareholder, owning 63% of the company's shares, 27% is owned by municipalities within Toyama Prefecture, and 10% is owned by private-sector businesses. [1]

Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line

Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line
Overview
Native nameあいの風とやま鉄道線
StatusOperational
OwnerAinokaze Toyama Railway
Locale Ishikawa Prefecture
Toyama Prefecture
Niigata Prefecture
Termini Kurikara
Ichiburi
Stations22
Service
Type Regional rail
Rolling stock 413 series/521 series EMUs
History
Opened1898
Technical
Line length100.1 km (62.2 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 20 kV AC (60 Hz)
Route map

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From 14 March 2015, the Ainokaze Toyama Railway took over control of local passenger operations on the 100.1 km section JR West Hokuriku Main Line between Ichiburi in neighbouring Niigata Prefecture and Kurikara in neighbouring Ishikawa Prefecture, with a total of 21 stations. [2]

Service outline

While the Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line officially stretches from Kurikara in the west to Ichiburi in the east, most services terminate at Tomari to the east, with a same-platform transfer provided to Echigo Tokimeki Railway Nihonkai Hisui Line services. [2] Some through services continue over the Echigo Tokimeki Railway Nihonkai Hisui Line to and from Itoigawa. [2] To the west, most services continue to and from Kanazawa over the IR Ishikawa Railway Line. [2] In addition to all-stations "Local" (普通, futsū) services, limited-stop "Rapid" services named Ainokaze Liner (あいの風ライナー) operate between Tomari and Toyama or Kanazawa during the weekday morning and evening peaks. A supplementary liner fare of 300 yen is required to board these services, and all seats are reserved. [2]

ICOCA and other compatible IC farecards can be used on the line since 26 March 2015. [2]

Stations

StationJapaneseLinerTransfersLocation
Kurikara 倶利伽羅| IR Ishikawa Railway Line Tsubata, Kahoku Ishikawa Prefecture
Isurugi 石動O  Oyabe Toyama Prefecture
Fukuoka 福岡| Takaoka
Nishi-Takaoka 西高岡|
Takaoka-Yabunami 高岡やぶなみ|
Takaoka 高岡O Jōhana Line
Himi Line
Manyōsen Takaoka Kidō Line (Takaoka Station)
Etchū-Daimon 越中大門|  Imizu
Kosugi 小杉O
Kureha 呉羽| Toyama
Toyama 富山O Toyama Light Rail Toyamakō Line (Toyamaekikita )
Toyama Chiho Railway Main Line (Dentetsu-Toyama ), Toyama City Tram Line (Toyama-Ekimae )
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Takayama Main Line
Higashi-Toyama 東富山| 
Mizuhashi 水橋|
Namerikawa 滑川O Toyama Chiho Railway Main Line Namerikawa
Higashi-Namerikawa 東滑川|
Uozu 魚津O Toyama Chiho Railway Main Line (Shin-Uozu) Uozu
Kurobe 黒部O  Kurobe
Ikuji 生地|
Nishi-Nyūzen 西入善| Nyūzen, Shimoniikawa
Nyūzen 入善O
Tomari O Echigo Tokimeki Railway Nihonkai Hisui Line Asahi
Etchū-Miyazaki 越中宮崎  
Ichiburi 市振 Echigo Tokimeki Railway Nihonkai Hisui Line Itoigawa Niigata Prefecture

    Rolling stock

    Services on the line use a fleet of 16 two-car 521 series (2nd-batch type) electric multiple unit (EMU) trains and five three-car 413 series EMUs (former sets B01 to B03, B07, and B10) acquired from JR West. [3] The 521 series trains will receive a new livery with a blue wave design on the seaward (north) side and a green wave design on the landward (south) side. [2] While both the Ainokaze Toyama Railway and neighbouring IR Ishikawa Railway operate similar 521 series trains, the respective operators' trains do not run coupled together. [2]

    As of 1 October 2017, the 521 series and 413 series fleets are as follows. [4]

    521 series

    Set No.Former JR West set No.ManufacturerDelivery date
    AK01G06 Kinki Sharyo 27 October 2009
    AK02G07Kinki Sharyo27 October 2009
    AK03G08Kinki Sharyo22 December 2009
    AK04G09Kinki Sharyo22 December 2009
    AK05G11Kinki Sharyo15 February 2010
    AK06G12Kinki Sharyo15 February 2010
    AK07G13Kinki Sharyo2 March 2010
    AK08G15Kinki Sharyo2 March 2010
    AK09G16 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 18 December 2010
    AK10G17Kawasaki Heavy Industries18 December 2010
    AK11G18Kawasaki Heavy Industries18 December 2010
    AK12G21Kawasaki Heavy Industries12 January 2011
    AK13G23Kawasaki Heavy Industries26 January 2011
    AK14G24Kawasaki Heavy Industries26 January 2011
    AK15G31Kawasaki Heavy Industries24 February 2011
    AK16G32Kawasaki Heavy Industries24 February 2011

    413 series

    JR West 413 series EMU set B03 413 B03 Toyama 20130706 (1).jpg
    JR West 413 series EMU set B03
    Set No.Former JR West set No.Livery
    AM01B01  Hokuriku white/blue
    AM02B02  Hokuriku white/blue
    AM03B03  Black (Toyama Emaki special event train)
    AM04B07  All-over blue No. 1
    AM05B10  All-over blue No. 1

    Set AM03 was modified for use as a special-event train, named Toyama Emaki (とやま絵巻) with new seat covers and a new external livery, returning to service on 28 August 2016. [4] This train is also used to provide additional capacity on regular services during the peak periods. [5]

    Future developments

    From the first half of fiscal 2018, a 413 series set will be rebuilt as a tourist train, returning to service on the line in the second half of fiscal 2018. [5]

    Five new 521-1000 series two-car sets are scheduled to be introduced over a period of six years, with the first set delivered in December 2017. [6] These sets will replace the ageing 413 series EMUs. [6]

    History

    The company was founded on 24 July 2012. [1] The company name "Ainokaze Toyama Railway" was announced on 30 May 2013. [7] Ainokaze refers to a north-easterly breeze that blows in the region in spring and summer, and is mentioned in the Man'yōshū collection of Japanese poetry. [7]

    The company was formally granted a railway operating license by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on 28 February 2014. [8]

    Future developments

    New stations are planned to be built between Takaoka and Nishi-Takaoka, and between Toyama and Higashi-Toyama. [7]

    See also

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