Tobu Kinugawa Line

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Tobu Kinugawa Line
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Overview
Owner Tobu Railway
Locale Tochigi Prefecture
Termini
Service
Type Heavy rail
Technical
Line length16.2 km (10.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary

The Tobu Kinugawa Line (東武鬼怒川線, Tōbu Kinugawa-sen) is a 16.2 km (10.1 mi) long Japanese railway line from Shimo-Imaichi Station to Shin-Fujiwara Station in Nikkō, Tochigi. It is owned and operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway. [1]

Contents

At Shimo-Imaichi Station it connects with the Tobu Nikko Line. At Shin-Fujiwara Station it connects with the Yagan Railway Aizu Kinugawa Line. Some trains goes beyond the Aizu Kinugawa Line terminus at Aizu-Kōgen Oze-guchi Station onto the Aizu Railway Aizu Line.

The line runs surcharged, reserved-seat limited express services from and to Asakusa and Shinjuku in Tokyo.

The whole line is electrified at 1,500 V DC, but it is single tracked except for a 0.8 km (0.50 mi) double-tracked section at Kinugawa-Onsen Station.

Stations

All stations are located within Nikkō, Tochigi.

No.StationJapaneseDistance (km)SPACIAJRRevaty
Aizu
Revaty
Kinu
SL&DL
Taiju
Ozatoro
Tenbō
Ressha
YUMEGURI
Transfers
Between
stations
Total
TN23 Shimo-Imaichi 下今市-0.0  Tobu Nikko Line
TN51 Daiya-Mukō 大谷向0.80.8  
TN52 Ōkuwa 大桑4.04.8  
TN53 Shin-Takatoku 新高徳2.57.3  
TN54 Kosagoe 小佐越2.69.9  
TN55 Tobu World Square 東武ワールドスクウェア0.710.6  
TN56 Kinugawa-Onsen 鬼怒川温泉1.812.4 
TN57 Kinugawa-Kōen 鬼怒川公園2.114.5    
TN58 Shin-Fujiwara 新藤原1.716.2    Yagan Railway Aizu Kinugawa Line
Route map of the Kinugawa Line TB Nikko, Kinugawa, Aidu-Kinugawa, Aidu Line.png
Route map of the Kinugawa Line

History

From 17 March 2012, station numbering was introduced on all Tobu lines, with Tobu Kinugawa Line stations adopting the prefix "TN" in orange. [3]

A new station, called Tobu World Square Station, opened between Kosagoe and Kinugawa-Onsen on 22 July 2017 to serve the nearby Tobu World Square theme park. [4] From this date, Tobu World Square Station was numbered "TN-55", and the station numbers for Kinugawa-Onsen to Shin-Fujiwara were adjusted on 21 April 2017, ahead of the opening. [4]

Future developments

Steam-hauled services

C11 207 in June 2020 Tobu Railway C11 207 taiju Shimo-Imaichi Station 20200620.jpg
C11 207 in June 2020
C11 207 at Tobu's Minami-Kurihashi Depot in December 2016 C11207 minamikurihashi tobu.jpg
C11 207 at Tobu's Minami-Kurihashi Depot in December 2016

Tobu has leased former JNR Class C11 steam locomotive C11 207 from JR Hokkaido for use on the 12.4 km section of the Kinugawa Line between Shimo-Imaichi and Kinugawa-Onsen stations from 10 August 2017. [5] Turntables will also be installed at Shimo-Imaichi and Kinugawa-Onsen to turn the locomotive in service. [5] A two-stall engine shed is also being constructed for the steam loco at Shimo-Imaichi.

See also

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