Aonami Line

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Aonami Line
Aonami line logo.svg
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A 1000 series EMU
Native nameあおなみ線
OwnerNagoya Rinkai Rapid Transit
Locale Nagoya
Termini Nagoya
Type Commuter rail
Depot(s)Shionagi (between Inaei and Noseki Stations)
Rolling stock1000 series
Daily ridership43,888 (2018) [1]
Opened1 June 1950 (as Nishi-Nagoyakō Line)
6 October 2004 (as Aonami Line)
Line length15.2 km (9.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 191 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed110 km/h (70 mph) [2]

The Aonami Line (あおなみ線, Aonami-sen) is a third-sector railway line in the city of Nagoya operated by the Nagoya Rinkai Rapid Transit (名古屋臨海高速鉄道, Nagoya Rinkai Kōsoku Tetsudō). Officially called the Nishi-Nagoyakō Line (西名古屋港線, Nishi-Nagoyakō-sen, West Nagoya Port Line), it connects Nagoya Station with Kinjō-futō Station, and was a freight branch line of Tokaido Main Line, converted for passenger usage in October 2004. [2]


This line is still operated as a freight line by Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) between Nagoya and Nagoya Freight Terminal, and so the section between Nagoya and Arako Station is used for both passenger and freight traffic.


There are two services on the line: Local and Non-stop. Non-stop services only stop at Nagoya and Kinjō-futō.

PictureNumberStation nameJapanesePlatform typeDistance (km)LocationYearly Passengers (2018) [1] Coords
Aonami Line Platform 2017.jpg
AN01 Nagoya 名古屋1 island platform0.0 Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 6,871,636 35°10′14.78″N136°52′53.77″E / 35.1707722°N 136.8816028°E / 35.1707722; 136.8816028
Sasashima-raibu Sta. 200215.jpg
AN02 Sasashima-raibu ささしまライブ2 side platforms0.81,157,691 35°9′43″N136°52′55″E / 35.16194°N 136.88194°E / 35.16194; 136.88194
AONAMI Line Komoto Station Entrance.JPG
AN03 Komoto [ja] 小本1 island platform3.3 Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya 539,516 35°8′57″N136°51′41″E / 35.14917°N 136.86139°E / 35.14917; 136.86139
AONAMI Line Arako Station.JPG
AN04 Arako [ja] 荒子1 island platform4.3838,137 35°8′24″N136°51′42.3″E / 35.14000°N 136.861750°E / 35.14000; 136.861750
AONAMI Line Minami-Arako Station 01.JPG
AN05 Minami-arako [ja] 南荒子1 island platform5.2553,723 35°7′54″N136°51′42.55″E / 35.13167°N 136.8618194°E / 35.13167; 136.8618194
AONAMI Line Nakajima Station.JPG
AN06 Nakajima 中島2 side platforms5.91,041,235 35°7′30″N136°51′41″E / 35.12500°N 136.86139°E / 35.12500; 136.86139
AONAMI Line Nagoya Keibajo-mae Station.JPG
AN07 Nagoya-keibajō-mae 名古屋競馬場前1 island platform7.1 Minato-ku, Nagoya 1,227,715 35°6′52″N136°51′46″E / 35.11444°N 136.86278°E / 35.11444; 136.86278
AONAMI Line Arakogawa-koen Station 02.JPG
AN08 Arakogawa-kōen [ja] 荒子川公園2 side platforms8.21,107,251 35°06′17″N136°51′40″E / 35.1046°N 136.8612°E / 35.1046; 136.8612
AONAMI Line Inaei Station 02.JPG
AN09 Inaei [ja] 稲永2 side platforms9.8949,349 35°5′29″N136°51′48″E / 35.09139°N 136.86333°E / 35.09139; 136.86333
AONAMI Line Noseki Station.JPG
AN10 Noseki [ja] 野跡1 island platform12.1337,130 35°4′31″N136°51′15″E / 35.07528°N 136.85417°E / 35.07528; 136.85417
Jin Cheng huTou Yi  - panoramio.jpg
AN11 Kinjō-futō [ja] 金城ふ頭1 island platform15.21,395,985 35°02′56″N136°50′57″E / 35.048833°N 136.849056°E / 35.048833; 136.849056

Rolling stock

Services on the line are operated by a fleet of eight four-car 1000 series electric multiple unit (EMU) trains. [3]


A JNR Class C56 locomotive hauling 12 series coaches on the Aonami Line, February 2013 130216 MEIEKI & C56.jpg
A JNR Class C56 locomotive hauling 12 series coaches on the Aonami Line, February 2013

The Nishi-Nagoyakō Line opened on 1 June 1950 as a freight branch of the Tokaido Main Line between Sasashima Freight Terminal (笹島貨物) and Nishi-Nagoyakō (西名古屋港) operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR). [2] Nagoya Freight Terminal opened on 1 October 1980, and with the closure of Sasashima Freight Terminal on 1 November 1986, Nagoya Freight Terminal became the starting point of the line. [2] With the privatization and division of JNR on 1 April 1987, the line was transferred to Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) as a "Class 1 railway operator" and JR Freight as a "Class 2 railway operator". [2]

Plans to operate passenger services on the line were formalized in the 1990s, and Nagoya Rinkai Rapid Transit company was established in 1997 as a third-sector company funded by the city of Nagoya. [2] The passenger Aonami Line utilized approximately 12 km of existing freight line with a new approximately 4 km extension to Kinjō-futō Station. [2] Construction started in 2000, with improvement to the line and new stations added between Nagoya and Nakajima stations. The tracks between Nakajima and Kinjō-futō stations were raised to remove level crossings and alleviate road congestion. [4] Construction cost around 93 billion yen. [5] The line opened on 6 October 2004, and at the same time, the section of track between Nagoya Station and Nagoya Freight Terminal was closed. [2]

Despite serving attractions such as the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall and Nagoya Race Course, passenger ridership figures fell short of targets, and in July 2010, the operating company declared debts of approximately 46 billion yen, applying for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to avoid bankruptcy. [2]

A special "SL Aonami-go" steam train service operated on the Aonami Line on 16 and 17 February 2013, using JNR Class C56 locomotive number 160 as well as three 12 series passenger coaches.[ citation needed ]

On 27 March 2017, a special Legoland-themed train started operating on the line to commemorate the opening of Legoland Japan. [6] The park is located by Kinjō-futō station.

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