Takayama Main Line

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Takayama Main Line
JR Central Takayama Line.svg
JRC-Kiha85-0DC.jpg
Hida limited express train
Overview
Native name高山本線
StatusOperational
OwnerJR Central, JR West
LocaleJapan
TerminiGifu
Toyama
Stations45
Service
Type Heavy rail
Operator(s) JR Central, JR West
Rolling stock KiHa 75 series DMU, KiHa 85 series DMU, KiHa 25 series DMU, KiHa 120 series DMU
History
Opened25 October 1934
Technical
Line length225.8 km (140.3 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
CharacterRural
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification Not electrified
Operating speed110 km/h (68 mph)
Route map
Line map JR Takayama Main Line linemap.svg
Line map
Inotani Station covered in snow JRW-inotani-station-in-snow.jpg
Inotani Station covered in snow

The Takayama Main Line (高山本線, Takayama Honsen) is a Japanese railway line between Gifu Station in Gifu and Toyama Station in Toyama, operated by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The line directly links the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area (metropolitan Nagoya) and Hokuriku region in a shorter distance, but with a longer travel time, than by using the combination of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Hokuriku Main Line. Now the line primarily functions as a way to access the scenic areas of Hida (ancient Hida Province), in the rugged mountains of northern Gifu Prefecture, such as Gero onsen (hot spring), Takayama, Shirakawa-gō, and the Kiso River. The first section of the line, between Gifu and Kagamigahara, opened in 1920. The whole line was completed in 1934.

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Basic data

Services

The Hida limited express train operates between Nagoya and Takayama, Hida-Furukawa, and Toyama, with ten return services a day, and between Ōsaka and Takayama with one return service a day.

The line is generally divided to three parts for local services: between Gifu and Takayama; between Takayama and Inotani; and between Inotani and Toyama. There are roughly two trains per one hour between Gifu and Mino-Ōta, while there is no local train for four hours between Gero and Takayama.

Stations

No.
StationDistanceTransfersLocation
JR Central
CG00 Gifu 岐阜0.0 Gifu Gifu
CG01 Nagamori 長森4.2
CG02 Naka 那加7.2 Kakamigahara
CG03 Sohara 蘇原10.4
CG04 Kagamigahara 各務ヶ原13.2
CG05 Unuma 鵜沼17.3
CG06 Sakahogi 坂祝22.5 Sakahogi, Kamo
CG07 Mino-Ōta 美濃太田27.3 Minokamo
Kobi 古井30.3
Nakakawabe 中川辺34.1 Kawabe, Kamo
Shimoasō 下麻生37.9
Kamiasō 上麻生43.2 Hichisō, Kamo
Shirakawaguchi 白川口53.1 Shirakawa, Kamo
Shimoyui 下油井61.7
Hida-Kanayama 飛騨金山66.7 Gero
Yakeishi 焼石75.7
CG16 Gero 下呂88.3
Zenshōji 禅昌寺93.5
Hida-Hagiwara 飛騨萩原96.7
Jōro 上呂100.8
Hida-Miyada 飛騨宮田105.4
Hida-Osaka 飛騨小坂108.8
Nagisa 115.9 Takayama
Kuguno 久々野123.2
Hida-Ichinomiya 飛騨一ノ宮129.5
CG25 Takayama 高山136.4
Hozue 上枝141.0
Hida-Kokufu 飛騨国府147.6
CG28 Hida-Furukawa 飛騨古川151.3 Hida
Sugisaki 杉崎153.6
Hida-Hosoe 飛騨細江156.0
Tsunogawa 角川161.7
Sakakami 坂上166.6
Utsubo 打保176.5
Sugihara 杉原180.5
Inotani 猪谷189.2 Toyama Toyama
JR West
Inotani猪谷ToyamaToyama
Nirehara 楡原196.2
Sasazu 笹津200.5
Higashi-Yatsuo 東八尾205.0
Etchū-Yatsuo 越中八尾208.7
Chisato 千里213.6
Hayahoshi 速星217.9
Fuchū-Usaka 婦中鵜坂219.6
Nishi-Toyama 西富山222.2
Toyama 富山225.8

Passing loops

Hisuikyō

In Hichisō, Gifu. (Coordinates: 35°32′43″N137°08′39″E / 35.54514°N 137.144238°E / 35.54514; 137.144238 )

Washibara

In Shirakawa, Gifu. (Coordinates: 35°36′06″N137°10′24″E / 35.601801°N 137.173399°E / 35.601801; 137.173399 )

Fukurai

In Gero, Gifu. (Coordinates: 35°40′51″N137°10′00″E / 35.680959°N 137.16673°E / 35.680959; 137.16673 )

Shōgano

In Gero, Gifu. (Coordinates: 35°47′42″N137°15′13″E / 35.795115°N 137.253662°E / 35.795115; 137.253662 )

Rolling stock

JR Central

JR West

Former rolling stock

From the start of the March 2015 timetable revision, JR Central KiHa 25 series diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains displaced from the Taketoyo Line were phased in on Takayama Line services, with the last remaining KiHa 40 series DMU trains withdrawn from the line on 30 June 2015. [1]

History

The Gifu to Mino-Ota section opened in 1920, and the line was then extended in sections, opening to Gero in 1930 and Hida-Osaka in 1933. At the northern end the first section from Toyama opened in 1927, reached Inotani in 1930 and Takayama and Hida-Osaka in 1934, completing the line.

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1968, and in 1980, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at Takayama for the proposed electrification of the line, but the program was cancelled later that year before any significant work was undertaken. Freight services ceased on the line in 2007.[ citation needed ]

Between 2004 and September 8, 2007, the section between Tsunogawa Station and Inotani Station was closed due to flood damage from Typhoon Tokage. [2]

Former connecting lines

See also

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Yakeishi Station Railway station in Gero, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Yakeishi Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in the city of Gero, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Hida-Osaka Station Railway station in Gero, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Hida-Osaka Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in the city of Gero, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Takayama Station Railway station in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Takayama Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in the city of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, operated by Central Japan Railway Company.

Inotani Station Railway station in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Inotani Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line close to the city of Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company and Central Japan Railway Company. The station is the boundary for the two railway companies. Therefore, JR Central crewe working on Toyama-bound "Hida" Limited Express services will get off here and JR West crewe will take over the remaining journey. JR West crewe working on Nagoya or Ōsaka-bound "Hida" Limited Express services will get off here and JR Central crewe will take over the remaining journey.

Nirehara Station Railway station in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Nirehara Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in city of Toyama, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company.

Sasazu Station Railway station in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Sasazu Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in city of Toyama, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company.

Etchū-Yatsuo Station Railway station in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Etchū-Yatsuo Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in city of Toyama, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company.

Chisato Station (Toyama) Railway station in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Chisato Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in city of Toyama, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company.

Nishi-Toyama Station Railway station in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Nishi-Toyama Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in city of Toyama, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company. It is also a freight terminal for the Japan Freight Railway Company.

Fuchū-Usaka Station Railway station in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Fuchū-Usaka Station is a railway station on the Takayama Main Line in Toyama, Toyama, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company.

References

  1. 高山本線からキハ40系が引退 [KiHa 40 series withdrawn from Takayama Main Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. 高山線全線の運転再開について (About resuming the operation of the whole Takayama Line), news release by JR Central. Archived 23 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine