Echigo Tokimeki Railway

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Echigo TOKImeki Railway Company
Native name
えちごトキめき鉄道株式会社
Romanized name
Echigo TOKImeki Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha
Type Private KK
Genre Rail transport
Founded22 November 2010
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Niigata Prefecture
Key people
Tadahiro Shimazu (President)
Services Passenger railway
Website www.echigo-tokimeki.co.jp

The Echigo TOKImeki Railway Company (えちごトキめき鉄道株式会社, Echigo TOKImeki Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha) (ETR) is a Japanese third-sector railway operating company established in 2010 to operate passenger railway services on the sections of the JR East Shinetsu Main Line and JR West Hokuriku Main Line within Niigata Prefecture when they were separated from the respective JR Group operators in March 2015, coinciding with the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension from Nagano to Kanazawa. The main shareholders of the company are Niigata Prefecture, the city of Joetsu, the city of Itoigawa, and the city of Myoko. [1]

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Lines

Since 14 March 2015, Echigo Tokimeki Railway operates local passenger operations on two lines: 10 stations on the 37.7 km Myōkō Haneuma Line (妙高はねうまライン) (formerly part of the JR East Shinetsu Main Line) between Myōkō-Kōgen and Naoetsu, and 11 stations on the 59.3 km Nihonkai Hisui Line (日本海ひすいライン) (formerly part of the JR West Hokuriku Main Line) between Naoetsu and Ichiburi. [2]

Myōkō Haneuma Line

Myōkō Haneuma Line
Echigo tokimeki railway ET127kei myoukou color.JPG
An ET127 series EMU on the Myōkō Haneuma Line in June 2015
Overview
Native name妙高はねうまライン
StatusOperational
Owner Echigo-TOKImeki logomark.svg Echigo Tokimeki Railway
Locale Niigata Prefecture
Termini Myōkō-Kōgen
Naoetsu
Stations10
Service
Type Regional rail
Rolling stock ET127 series EMUs
E653-1100 series EMUs
History
Opened15 August 1886
Technical
Line length37.7 km (23.4 mi)
Number of tracks Single track
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC Overhead line
Route map
Linemap of Myoko Haneuma Line with Stations.svg

Service outline

In addition to all-stations "Local" (普通, futsū) services operated by ETR, the line is used by JR East Shirayuki limited express services operating over the section between Jōetsumyōkō and Naoetsu, providing connections with the Hokuriku Shinkansen at Naoetsu, [2] and also by one return "Rapid" service daily operated by the Hokuetsu Express, to and from Echigo-Yuzawa and using the section of the line between Naoetsu and Arai. [3] The Rapid service on only holidays which uses 455 series and 413 series has been commenced operated since 4 July 2021. [4]

Stations

StationJapaneseTransfersLocation
Myōkō-Kōgen 妙高高原 Shinano Railway Symbolmark.svg Shinano Railway Kita-Shinano Line Myōkō Niigata Prefecture
Sekiyama 関山 
Nihongi 二本木  Jōetsu
Arai 新井 Myōkō
Kita-Arai 北新井 
Jōetsumyōkō 上越妙高 Shinkansen-E.png Hokuriku Shinkansen Jōetsu
Minami-Takada 南高田 
Takada 高田 
Kasugayama 春日山 
Naoetsu 直江津

Rolling stock

Local services on the Myōkō Haneuma Line use a fleet of ten ET127 series 2-car electric multiple unit (EMU) trains transferred from JR East. [2] These have reinforced front-end skirts, and feature a new livery. [2] They operate as two- or four-car formation during the off-peak periods, and as six-car formations during peak periods. [2] Shirayuki limited express services operated by JR East use four-car E653-1100 series EMUs. [2]

Since 4 July 2021, Rapid service which uses 413 series and 455 series has been commenced operating on Myoko Haneuma Line on only holidays.

Nihonkai Hisui Line

Nihonkai Hisui Line
Echigo tokimeki railway ET122kei ichiburi.JPG
An ET122 diesel car on the Nihonkai Hisui Line in June 2015
Overview
Native name日本海ひすいライン
StatusOperational
Owner Echigo-TOKImeki logomark.svg Echigo Tokimeki Railway
Locale Niigata Prefecture
Termini Naoetsu
Ichiburi
Stations11
Service
Type Regional rail
Rolling stock ET122 DMUs
485 series (JR), 521 series
History
Opened1911
Technical
Line length59.3 km (36.8 mi)
Number of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC / 20 kV AC (60 Hz) Overhead line
Route map
Linemap of Nihonkai Hisui Line with Stations.svg

Service outline

While the western boundary of the Nihonkai Hisui Line is at Ichiburi Station, most services on the line operate between Naoetsu and Tomari on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line. At Tomari Station, both ETR trains and Ainokaze Toyama Railway trains use platform 2, allowing a same-platform transfer. [2] The Express service on only holidays which uses 455 series and 413 series has been commenced operated since 4 July 2021, and boarding on this service costs 500 yen. [4]

Stations

StationJapaneseTransfersLocation
Ichiburi 市振 Ainokaze Toyama Railway logo.png Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line Itoigawa Niigata Prefecture
Oyashirazu 親不知 
Ōmi 青海 
Itoigawa 糸魚川
Echigo Oshiage Hisui Kaigan えちご押上ひすい海岸 
Kajiyashiki 梶屋敷 
Uramoto 浦本 
能生 
Tsutsuishi 筒石 
Nadachi 名立  Jōetsu
Arimagawa 有間川 
Tanihama 谷浜 
Naoetsu 直江津

Rolling stock

The eastern section of the line is electrified at 1,500 V DC and the western section of the line is electrified at 20 kV AC (60 Hz) overhead, with a dead section separating the two different power supplies between Itoigawa and Kajiyashiki stations, but in order to eliminate the need to procure new dual-voltage rolling stock, local services on the Nihonkai Hisui Line use a fleet of eight new ET122 single-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains based on the JR West KiHa 122 series design. [2] This fleet includes two special-event cars. [2] Services normally operate as single-car trains during the off-peak periods, increased to two cars during the peaks. [2]

Until March 2017, a seasonal limited-stop "Rapid" service operating between Niigata and Itoigawa ran once a day in each direction using a 6-car JR East 485 series EMU. [2] [5]

Since 4 July 2021, Express service which uses 413 series and 455 series has been commenced operating on Hisui Line on only holidays.

History

The company was founded on 22 November 2010. [1] The new names for the two lines to be operated by the company were announced in June 2012, [6] and the company name was changed to Echigo Tokimeki Railway Company from 1 July 2012. [1] The company was formally granted a railway operating license by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on 28 February 2014. [7]

Resort train

Setsugekka train DMU ET122-1000 Setsugekka.jpg
Setsugekka train

A two-car ET122-1000 series diesel multiple unit resort train is due to enter service from 23 April 2016, operating over both of the ETR lines. [8] The two-car diesel train will be branded Setsugekka (雪月花, lit. "Snow, Moon, Flowers"). [9]

See also

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Arai Station (Niigata) Railway station in Myōkō, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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ET122 Japanese diesel multiple unit operated by the Echigo Tokimeki Railway

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References

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  4. 1 2 About Rapid and Express service
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  8. リゾート列車(観光列車)愛称名募集 [Invitation to name new resort train]. Echigo Tokimeki Railway (in Japanese). January 2015. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
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