Nanao Line

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Nanao Line
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A JR West 521-100 series EMU used on the Nanao Line
Overview
Owner JR West
Locale Ishikawa Prefecture
Termini Tsubata
Anamizu
Stations20 (JR West), 8 (Noto Railway)
Service
Type Regional rail
Operator(s)JR West, Noto Railway
History
Opened1898
Technical
Line length59.5 km (37.0 mi) (JR West), 33.1 km (20.6 mi) (Noto Railway)
Track length87.5 km (54.4 mi) (JR West)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1500 V DC (Tsubata Wakura-Onsen)
Operating speed100 km/h (60 mph)
Route map
JR West JR Nanao Line linemap.svg
JR West

Contents

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IR Ishikawa Line to Kanazawa
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0.0
Tsubata
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Hokuriku Line to Naoetsu
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1.8
Naka-Tsubata
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2.9
Hon-Tsubata
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5.1
Nose
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8.8
Unoke
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11.8
Yokoyama
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14.4
Takamatsu
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17.8
Menden
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20.9
Hōdatsu
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24.2
Shikinami
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26.7
Minami-Hakui
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29.7
Hakui
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33.8
Chiji
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37.5
Kanemaru
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41.1
Notobe
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43.9
Yoshikawa
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46.1
Noto-Ninomiya
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48.9
Tokuda
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Nanao
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Shared right-of-way
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Wakura-Onsen
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8.6
Tatsuruhama
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12.7
Kasashiho
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16.3
Noto-Nakajima
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22.5
Nishigishi
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26.8
Noto-Kashima
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Anamizu
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Noto-Mii
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Noto-Ichinose
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Wajima

The Nanao Line (七尾線, Nanao-sen) is a railway line in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and the Noto Railway. It runs between Tsubata Station in Tsubata and Anamizu Station in Anamizu.

JR West operates the section between Tsubata and Wakura-Onsen , while the Noto Railway (the second company with this name, see Former connecting lines section below) operates the section between Nanao and Anamizu. The section between Wakura-Onsen and Nanao is served by both companies. A further section of the line between Anamizu and Wajima closed in 2001.

Prior to the transfer of the Wakura-Onsen Wajima section from JR West to Noto Railway in 1991, Noto Railway took control of another former Japanese National Railways (JNR) line in 1988, the Noto Line. It closed in 2005.

In 2015, the IR Ishikawa Railway took over the Hokuriku Main Line at Tsubata, effectively isolating the Nanao Line from the rest of the JR network.

JR West

JR West owns the entire Nanao Line between Tsubata and Anamizu, but it only operates the southern section while Noto Railway operates the rest of the line.

Nearly all local and rapid trains run between Nanao and Kanazawa or Komatsu. Between Nanao and Anamizu, only Noto Railway operates local trains.

The JR section is electrified and operates both local and limited express trains. Among others, there are nine Thunderbird limited express trains (4½ round trips) per day between Osaka and Wakura-Onsen, as well as a single round-trip Shirasagi limited express train between Nagoya and Wakura-Onsen. [1] JR West also operates the Hanayome Noren excursion train from Kanazawa to Wakura-Onsen Station.

Basic data

Stations

The Nanao Line is entirely within Ishikawa Prefecture.

StationJapaneseDistance (km) Thunderbird RapidTransfersLocation
Between
stations
Total
Tsubata 津幡0.00.0 IR Ishikawa Railway Line Tsubata, Kahoku District
Naka-Tsubata 中津幡1.81.8 
Hon-Tsubata 本津幡1.12.9 
Nose 能瀬2.25.1 
Unoke 宇野気3.78.8  Kahoku
Yokoyama 横山3.011.8 
Takamatsu 高松2.614.4 
Menden 免田3.417.8  Hōdatsushimizu, Hakui District
Hōdatsu 宝達3.120.9 
Shikinami 敷浪3.324.2 
Minami-Hakui 南羽咋2.526.7  Hakui
Hakui 羽咋3.029.7 
Chiji 千路4.133.8 
Kanemaru 金丸3.737.5  Nakanoto, Kashima District
Notobe 能登部3.641.1 
Yoshikawa 良川2.843.9 
Noto-Ninomiya 能登二宮2.246.1 
Tokuda 徳田2.848.9  Nanao
Nanao 七尾5.554.4Noto Railway Nanao Line
Wakura-Onsen 和倉温泉5.159.5 Noto Railway Nanao Line

Rapid trains stop at stations marked with a "●". Of trains bound for Kanazawa, some stop at stations marked with a "▲" while all stop at stations marked "■". All rapid trains pass stations marked "|".

Rolling stock

Electric

Diesel

Noto Railway

Noto Railway NT200 series DMU at Anamizu Station NT200 at Anamizu Station bound for Nanao.jpg
Noto Railway NT200 series DMU at Anamizu Station

The Noto Railway section is not electrified (except for the section shared with JR West) and operates local trains only. Between Nanao and Anamizu, only Noto Railway operates local trains; there is no through service to the JR West-operated part of the line south of Nanao.

In addition, のと里山里海号 (Noto Satoyama-Satoumi-go) which is a tourist train, has been run on holidays since 2017. The trains stop at all stations and seats can be reserved for 500 yen. [2] There are also dining cars on partly services. [3] [ clarification needed ]

Basic data

Stations

The Nanao Line is entirely within Ishikawa Prefecture.

StationJapaneseDistance (km)Noto Satoyama-SatoumiTransfersLocation
Between
stations
Total
Nanao 七尾-0.0JR West Nanao Line Nanao
Wakura-Onsen 和倉温泉5.15.1JR West Nanao Line
Tatsuruhama 田鶴浜3.58.6 
Kasashiho 笠師保4.112.7 
Noto-Nakajima 能登中島3.616.3 [4]  
Nishigishi 西岸6.222.5 
Noto-Kashima 能登鹿島4.326.8  Anamizu, Hōsu District
Anamizu 穴水6.333.1 

History

The section between Tsubata Station (now Hon-Tsubata Station) and Yatashin Station (later renamed Nanaominato Station and closed in 1984) via Nanao Station was constructed and opened by the Nanao Railway (七尾鉄道, Nanao-tetsudō) on April 24, 1898. The terminal in Tsubata was moved to the present Tsubata Station on August 2, 1900, and connected to the government-owned Hokuriku Main Line. Nanao Railway was nationalized on September 1, 1907. [5]

The line was extended and had been operated by the Japanese Government Railways. In 1925, the Nanao to Wakura (now Wakura-Onsen) section opened, and in 1935 the line was completed with the opening of the Anamizu to Wajima section. In 1991, the Nanao Line was electrified to Wakura-Onsen, enabling through operation of trains from the Hokuriku Main Line. Operation of the Nanao to Wajima section was transferred to the Noto Railway. In 2001, the section between Anamizu and Wajima was closed.[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. October 2009 timetable
  2. "のと里山里海号". satoyama-satoumi-go.net. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  3. You must reserve plan for riding on the dining cars before five days.
  4. The Noto Satoyama-Satoumi stop for 10 minutes due to passengers watch the landscape from the platform.
  5. Ishino, Tetsu; et al., eds. (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編[Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. p. 162. ISBN   4533029809.