Ise Line

Last updated
Ise Line
Ise Railway-ISEiii.JPG
An Ise Railway type III DMU on the Ise Line
Overview
Native name伊勢線
StatusIn operation
OwnerIse Railway
Locale Mie Prefecture
Termini Kawarada
Tsu
Stations10
Service
Type Heavy rail
Services3
Operator(s)Ise Railway, JR Central
Depot(s) Tamagaki
Rolling stockIse Railway type III DMU, KiHa 75 series DMU, KiHa 85 series DMU, KiHa 25 series DMU (rarely) , KiHa 11 series DMU (rarely)
History
Opened1 September 1973
Technical
Line length22.3 km (13.9 mi)
Number of tracksSingle (Tsu - Nakaseko)
Double (Nakaseko - Kawarada)
CharacterMainly urban with some rural areas
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed110 km/h (68 mph)

The Ise Line (伊勢線, Ise-sen) is a Japanese railway line in Mie Prefecture, between Kawarada Station, Yokkaichi and Tsu Station, Tsu. This is the only railway line Ise Railway (伊勢鉄道, Ise Tetsudō) operates. The company name is abbreviated to Isetetsu (伊勢鉄). The third sector company took the former Japanese National Railways line in 1987. The line was originally built as a shorter route between Nagoya and south Kii Peninsula (Kisei Main Line). As such, the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) limited express train "Nanki" and the rapid train "Mie" still use the line, providing the primary revenue stream for the company. The line also transports spectators when Formula One World Championship Japanese Grand Prix is held at Suzuka Circuit (1987-2006, 2009 onward).

Contents

Basic data

History

The line was opened by JNR in 1973 as a shortcut between the Kansai Main Line and the Kisei Line. The entire line was built with future double-tracking and electrification in mind, as such there is necessary equipment installed along the entire line. However, usage was sluggish and the line operated with a deficit due to the initial single track limiting the number of services to 7 round trips for local plus 3 round trips for Limited Express Services daily. On the other hand, the Kintetsu Nagoya Line which ran parallel to the Ise line operated with 44 round trips Limited Express, 34 round trips Express, 9 round trips Semi-express, and 62 round trips local services daily.

After the dissolution of JNR, the Ise Line was scheduled to be abolished, and since the line ran outside urban areas there was no opposition from the local residents or government. In 1986, it was decided to convert the line over to a third sector railway. In 1987 the line was transferred to the Ise Railway Co. At the time of conversion, the only train exchange facility was at Tamagaki Station therefore it was decided that the section between Kawarada and Nakaseko was to be double-tracked to increase transport capacity. In 1993, the track between Kawarada and Nakaseko was doubled which increased the transport capacity to 55 round trips per day. The cost of construction for double-tracking between Kawarada-Nakaseko (12.7 km) was 2.05 billion yen, of which Ise Railways paid 430 million yen while the rest was paid by the national government, Mie Prefecture, and the local government along the line. Most passengers are those that pass through on the "Mie" Rapid and "Nanki" Limited Express services, but there are increasing commuter passengers due to the opening of the Suzuka University near Nakaseko Station. In 1996, the line turned a profit for the first time.

Freight services started operations in 2008, but ceased in 2013.

Stations

All stations are in Mie Prefecture.

Key:

L: Local (普通, Futsū)
R: Rapid " Mie " (快速「みえ」, Kaisoku Mie)
E: Limited Express " Nanki " (特急「南紀」, Tokkyū Nanki)
Smaller keys show that some trains stop on the days of racing events at Suzuka Circuit.
NumberStationJapaneseDistance (km)StopConnecting linesLocation
1 Yokkaichi 四日市6.9LRE Yokkaichi
2 Minami-Yokkaichi 南四日市3.7L   
3 Kawarada 河原田0.0L  Kansai Main Line
4 Suzuka 鈴鹿3.8LRE  Suzuka
5 Tamagaki 玉垣7.0L   
6 Suzuka Circuit Inō 鈴鹿サーキット稲生9.1Lre 
7 Tokuda 徳田11.1L   
8 Nakaseko 中瀬古12.7LR  
9 Ise-Ueno 伊勢上野14.0L    Tsu
10 Kawage 河芸16.4L   
11 Higashi-Ishinden 東一身田19.4L   
12 Tsu 22.3LRE

See also

Related Research Articles

Mie Prefecture Prefecture of Japan

Mie Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu. Mie Prefecture has a population of 1,781,948 and has a geographic area of 5,774 square kilometers (2,229 sq mi). Mie Prefecture borders Gifu Prefecture to the north, Shiga Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture to the northwest, Nara Prefecture to the west, Wakayama Prefecture to the southwest, and Aichi Prefecture to the east.

Nagoya Line (Kintetsu)

The Nagoya Line is a railway line owned and operated by the Kintetsu Railway, a Japanese private railway company, connecting Nagoya and Ise Nakagawa Station in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture via Kuwana, Yokkaichi, Suzuka, Tsu municipalities along the Ise Bay. The official starting-point of the line is Ise-Nakagawa and the terminus is Nagoya; however, operationally trains run "down" from and "up" towards Nagoya.

Kisei Main Line Railway line in Japan

The Kisei Main Line is a railway line that parallels the coastline of the Kii Peninsula in Japan between Mie Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture. The name takes the kanji characters from the names of the old provinces of Kii () and Ise ().

Ise-Ishibashi Station Railway station in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Ishibashi Station is a passenger railway station in located in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Kintetsu Railway.

Ise-Nakagawa Station Railway station in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Nakagawa Station is a major junction station owned and operated by the private Kintetsu railway company in the city of Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture. The station is served by all trains on that company's Yamada Line and most trains on its Nagoya and Osaka Lines. The Ise-Nakagawa stationmaster is responsible for managing the sections between here and Higashi-Aoyama on the Osaka Line and between here and Higashi-Matsusaka on the Yamada Line.

Tsu Station Railway station in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Tsu Station is a junction passenger railway station located in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture, operated by Central Japan Railway Company, the private railway operator Kintetsu and the third sector Ise Railway. The name of the station is considered the shortest in Japan because it is the only station name that is written with one kana, even though other stations have shorter names when written in Latin letters, such as Oe Station.

Nanki

The Nanki (南紀) is a limited express train service in Japan operated by Central Japan Railway Company, which runs from Nagoya to Shingū and Kii-Katsuura. The service passes through several notable and important locations, situated on the Kii Peninsula, such as Matsusaka. Travelling the entire 246 km journey from Nagoya to Kii-Katsuura takes just under four hours, whilst the 231.1 km section from Nagoya to Shingu takes approximately three and a half hours. Because the Nanki is a limited express service, passengers must purchase a limited express ticket on top of the basic fare ticket to use the train.

Ise-Wakamatsu Station Railway station in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Wakamatsu Station is a junction passenger railway station located in the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Kintetsu.

Sangū Line

The Sangū Line is a railway line run by Central Japan Railway Company, connecting Taki Station with Toba Station in Japan.

Ise Electric Railway, usually abbreviated as Iseden (伊勢電), was a private railway company that operated mostly in Mie Prefecture, Japan, for 25 years from 1911 to 1936, when it was absorbed by Sangū Express Electric Railway. At its height, Iseden operated three train lines, two of which it planned and built, that serviced the cities of Yokkaichi, Tsu, Suzuka, Matsusaka, Ujiyamada, and Ōgaki. Much of the infrastructure of Iseden is now owned by Kintetsu and remains in use today.

Suzuka Line

The Suzuka Line is a railway line of the Japanese private railway company Kintetsu Railway, connecting Ise-Wakamatsu Station and Hiratachō Station in Japan.

Suzukashi Station Railway station in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Suzukashi Station is a passenger railway station in located in the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Kintetsu Railway.

Ise-Matsumoto Station Railway station in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Matsumoto Station is a passenger railway station in located in the city of Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Kintetsu Railway.

Ise-Kashiwazaki Station Railway station in Taiki, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Kashiwazaki Station is a passenger railway station in located in the town of Taiki, Watarai District, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Umegadani Station Railway station in Taiki, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Umegadani Station is a passenger railway station in located in the town of Taiki, Watarai District, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Nakaseko Station Railway station in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Nakaseko Station is a railway station in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by Ise Railway. The station is 12.7 rail kilometers from the terminus of the line at Kawarada Station.

Ise-Kamakura Station Railway station in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Kamakura Station is a passenger railway station in located in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Ise-Yachi Station Railway station in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Yachi Station is a passenger railway station in located in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Ise-Okitsu Station Railway station in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Ise-Okitsu Station is a passenger railway station in located in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Mie (train)

The Mie (みえ) is a Rapid train service in Japan operated by Central Japan Railway Company, which runs from Nagoya to Iseshi and Toba. The service passes through several significant locations en route, such as Tsu, the capital city of Mie Prefecture.

References

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia