Sagano Line

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Sagano Line
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221 series on a local service
Overview
Native name嵯峨野線
Owner JR West
Locale Kyoto Prefecture
Termini Kyoto
Sonobe
Service
TypeHeavy rail
SystemUrban Network
History
Opened1988 (1897)
Technical
Line length34.2 km (21.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed130 km/h (81 mph)

The Sagano Line (嵯峨野線, Sagano-sen) is the popular name for a portion of the Sanin Main Line in the suburbs of Kyoto, Japan. The electrified and double-tracked railway is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area, owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The line starts at Kyoto Station and ends at Sonobe Station.

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The Sagano Line forms part of JR West's "Urban Network". This name has been in use since 1988.

Sagano Scenic Railway

The Sagano Scenic Railway (嵯峨野観光鉄道, Sagano Kankō Tetsudō) is a sightseeing railway that uses an abandoned section of the Sanin Main Line originally built in 1897. In 1989, the Sanin Main Line was rerouted between the present day Saga-Arashiyama Station to Umahori to accommodate track duplication and electrification. However the old route which ran along the Hozu River, had been popular with tourists. The Sagano Scenic Railway, an affiliate of JR West and developed jointly with the city of Kameoka, was founded, and the Sagano Scenic Line began operation in 1991.

The track and stations were all formerly used by the Sanin Main Line and still owned by JR West, while the train is composed of a former JR West Class DE10 diesel locomotive and torokko open-sided cars (derived from the English "truck") converted from former freight gondola cars.

The Sagano Scenic Line stations are as follows (Sagano Line station in parentheses):

Torokko Saga (Saga Arashiyama) - Torokko Arashiyama - Torokko Hozukyo (Hozukyō) - Torokko Kameoka (Umahori)

Stations

No.StationJapaneseRapidDistance (km)ConnectionsLocation
Sanin Main Line
 E01  Kyoto 京都0.0 Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
 E02  Umekōji-Kyōtonishi 梅小路京都西|1.7
 E03  Tambaguchi 丹波口|2.5
 E04  Nijo 二条4.2 Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
 E05  Emmachi 円町5.8
 E06  Hanazono 花園|6.9 Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
 E07  Uzumasa 太秦|8.6
 E08  Saga-Arashiyama 嵯峨嵐山10.3
 E09  Hozukyo 保津峡|14.3 Kameoka
 E10  Umahori 馬堀|18.1
  • Sagano Scenic Railway
 E11  Kameoka 亀岡20.2
 E12  Namikawa 並河23.4
 E13  Chiyokawa 千代川25.2
 E14  Yagi 八木28.2 Nantan
 E15  Yoshitomi 吉富32.2
 E16  Sonobe 園部34.2
Continuing service on the Sanin Main Line to Fukuchiyama and beyond

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