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Senzan Line
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Ayashi-bound Senzan Line west of Kuzuoka Station
Overview
Termini
Stations18
Service
Operator(s)
JR logo (east).svg
JR East
History
Opened1929
Technical
Line length58.0 km (Sendai — Uzen-Chitose)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification20 kV AC, 50 Hz
Route map
鉄道路線図 JR仙山線.png
Senzan Line
km
0.0
Sendai
Odawara-Higashicho
Umeda River
Sendai Gas freight line
Japan Tobacco and Salt
Public Corporation freight Line
3.2
Tōshōgū
Umeda River
4.8
Kita-Sendai
6.5
Kitayama
7.5
Tōhoku Fukushi-dai-mae
8.6
Kunimi
10.1
Kuzuoka
Hirose River
12.7
Rikuzen-Ochiai
15.2
Ayashi
Horikiri River
20.6
Rikuzen-Shirasawa
No.2 Takase River Bridge
(Kumagane Bridge
23.7
Kumagane
25.3
Nishi-Sendai-Hairando
28.7
Sakunami
Sakunami River
Nikkawa River
30.8
Yatsumori
33.8
Oku-Nikkawa
Senzan Tunnel
41.5
Omoshiroyama passing loop [ja]
42.5
Omoshiroyama-Kōgen
Tachiya River
48.7
Yamadera
52.4
Takase
Murayama-Takase River
54.9
Tateyama
Noro Rver
58.0
Uzen-Chitose

The Senzan Line (仙山線, Senzan-sen) is a railway line in Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) system, it runs from Sendai Station in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture to Uzen-Chitose Station in Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture, acting as a connector between the Tōhoku Main Line/Tōhoku Shinkansen and the Ōu Main Line in southern Tōhoku. It also provides access to western Miyagi Prefecture and eastern Yamagata Prefecture. It connects with the Tōhoku Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line and Senseki Line at Sendai Station, the Ōu Main Line at Uzen-Chitose, Kita-Yamagata, and Yamagata Stations in Yamagata, Yamagata, the Aterazawa Line at Kita-Yamagata and Yamagata Stations, and the Yamagata Shinkansen at Yamagata Station.

History

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Former connecting lines

Services

All trains which are bound for Yamagata Station run through to Yamagata Station via Ou Main Line between Uzen-Chitose and Yamagata Stations.

Rapid

Some Senzan Line trains run as rapid trains. All trains stop at the following stations:

In addition to these stops, the various Rapid trains will stop at all stations in between:

At one point, there was a G-Rapid that stopped at the most stations out of all rapid trains, but was considered too confusing by passengers and soon put out of service. Instead, the number of Local Trains were increased. Until 2004, there were only three types of rapids (A, B, C). Also, until September 30, 2003, there was a Special Rapid "Holiday Senzan" that used to run on Saturdays and weekends.

With the opening of the Sendai Airport Line (established in 2006), the Senzan Line was expected to have Sendai Airport-bound trains. But they have not connected with the direct train of lapid service.

Local

There are three types of local train service: Sendai — Yamagata, Sendai — Sakunami and Sendai — Ayashi.

Sendai ー Sakunami local trains run only in the morning, two Sendai-bound trains and one Sakunami-bound train.

Sendai — Ayashi

Since this part of the line is located in the central suburban area of Sendai, there are many commuters, and there are typically 2-4 Sendai — Ayashi trains every hour. Although there were fewer trains going from Ayashi to Sendai, the numbers have increased in recent years. The section is double-track and the interchange stations are Kita-Sendai, Kunimi, and Rikuzen-Ochiai. Presently, parts of the track are being elevated and there are plans to build a new station near the Shin-Ishinomaki Highway railroad crossing.

Ayashi — Yamagata

Before the abolition of the Saturday/weekend schedule, there was one Saturday/weekend return train from Sakunami that stopped at Nishi-Sendai Hi-Land, however, there have been no stops at Nishi-Sendai Hi-Land Station since 2004.

Local trains are scheduled around the rapid train schedules. However, trips to the Sakunami Hot Springs as well as the Yamadera temple well known from Matsuo Bashō's Oku no Hosomichi are popular. Also, during the ski-season, the only way to get to places such as Omoshiroyama is the train and there are a great number of passengers during the tourist season.

There are two temporary stations, but as there have been no stops at Nishi-Sendai Hi-Land and Yatsumori since October 2004 and June 2003, respectively. These two stations are abolished on March 14, 2014. [1]

Tōhoku Main Line

There are only two trains that share both the Senzan and Tōhoku Main Lines' tracks: Senzan Line 2832M, which runs from Sakunami Station to Sendai where it becomes 1428M and continues on the Tōhoku Main Line tracks until Iwanuma, and Tōhoku Main Line 425M, which originates in Shiroishi, changes to 1831M at Sendai, and continues on the Senzan Line tracks to Ayashi. The Sakunami — Iwanuma train runs only on Saturdays and weekends.

There used to be many more trains that utilized the Tōhoku Main Line's tracks, but the numbers have decreased in recent years. Past trains went to such places as Fukushima, Matsushima, and Kogota. After 2001, the numbers began going down until they reached two trains, which is the number. It was expected that that number would increase in 2006, though, when the Sendai Airport Line opens.

And now, no train runs through to Tohoku Main Line or Sendai Airport Access Line.

Station list

Station name Japanese Distance
(km)
Rapid Transfers Location
A B C
Sendai 仙台 0.0 Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Tōshōgū 東照宮 3.2 | |
Kita-Sendai 北仙台 4.8 Sendai Subway Namboku Line
Kitayama 北山 6.5 | |
Tōhoku Fukushi-dai-mae 東北福祉大前 7.5 | |
Kunimi 国見 8.6
Kuzuoka 葛岡 10.1 | |
Rikuzen-Ochiai 陸前落合 12.7
Ayashi 愛子 15.2
Rikuzen-Shirasawa 陸前白沢 20.6 | | |
Kumagane 熊ヶ根 23.7 | | |
(Nishi-Sendai-Hairando) 西仙台ハイランド 25.3 | | |
Sakunami 作並 28.7
(Yatsumori) 八ツ森 30.8 | | |
Oku-Nikkawa 奥新川 33.8 | | |
Omoshiroyama-Kōgen 面白山高原 42.5 | | | Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture
Yamadera 山寺 48.7
Takase 高瀬 52.4 | |
Tateyama 楯山 54.9 | |
Uzen-Chitose 羽前千歳 58.0 Ōu Main Line (Yamagata Line)
Kita-Yamagata 北山形 61.9
Yamagata 山形 62.8

Notes

References

[1] 仙山線 西仙台ハイランド駅及び八ツ森駅廃止について - JR東日本仙台支社 http://jr-sendai.com/upload-images/2014/02/ekihaishi.pdf