Akechi Line
Akechi 10 series diesel railcar 11
Overview
StatusIn operation
OwnerAkechi Railway
LocaleGifu Prefecture
TerminiEna
Akechi
Stations10
Service
Operator(s)Akechi Railway
Rolling stockAkechi 10 series DMU
History
Opened24 May 1933
Technical
Line length25.1 km (15.6 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
CharacterRural
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius200 m
ElectrificationNone
Operating speed60 km/h (37 mph)

The Akechi Line (明知線, Akechi-sen) is a Japanese railway line in Gifu Prefecture connecting Ena and Akechi stations, which are both located in Ena. There are stations located in Nakatsugawa city as well. This is the only railway line Akechi Railway (明知鉄道, Akechi Tetsudō) operates. The third-sector company took over the former Japanese National Railways line in 1985.

Stations

All stations are located in Gifu Prefecture.

No. Station Japanese Distance
(km)
Rapid Express
Taishō Roman Gō
Transfers Location
1 Ena 恵那 0.0 Chūō Main Line Ena
2 Higashino 東野 2.6  
3 Iinuma 飯沼 7.6   Nakatsugawa
4 Agi 阿木 9.9  
5 Iibama 飯羽間 12.7   Ena
6 Gokuraku 極楽 13.7  
7 Iwamura 岩村 15.0  
8 Hanashiro 花白 18.3  
9 Yamaoka 山岡 19.7  
10 Noshi 野志 23.1  
11 Akechi 明智 25.1  
Express Taisho Roman
Express Taisho Roman

Rolling stock

Akechi 10 series railcar 12 in March 2007
Akechi 10 series railcar 12 in March 2007

As of 1 April 2016, the line is operated using a fleet of five Akechi 10 series diesel railcars and one Akechi 6 series diesel railcar.[1]

A new Akechi 100 series diesel railcar (number 101) entered service on 8 April 2017, replacing the former Akechi 6 series car.[2]

History

The line opened on 24 May 1933, between Oi Station (present-day Ena Station) and Agi.[3] It was extended to Akechi on 24 June 1934.[3] Freight services were discontinued from 1 February 1981.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
  2. ^ 明知鉄道 アケチ100形 [Akechi Railway Akechi 100 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 57, no. 674. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. June 2017. p. 98.
  3. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.