Tobu Kinugawa Line
TN
Overview
OwnerTobu Railway
LocaleTochigi Prefecture
Termini
Service
TypeHeavy rail
Technical
Line length16.2 km (10.1 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 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]

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. Station Japanese Distance (km) SPACIA JR Revaty
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 0.8 0.8    
TN52 Ōkuwa 大桑 4.0 4.8    
TN53 Shin-Takatoku 新高徳 2.5 7.3    
TN54 Kosagoe 小佐越 2.6 9.9    
TN55 Tobu World Square 東武ワールドスクウェア 0.7 10.6    
TN56 Kinugawa-Onsen 鬼怒川温泉 1.8 12.4  
TN57 Kinugawa-Kōen 鬼怒川公園 2.1 14.5        
TN58 Shin-Fujiwara 新藤原 1.7 16.2       Yagan Railway Aizu Kinugawa Line
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
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

References

  1. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.
  2. ^ JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 76. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  3. ^ 「東武スカイツリーライン」誕生! あわせて駅ナンバリングを導入し、よりわかりやすくご案内します [Tobu Sky Tree Line created! Station numbering to be introduced at same time] (PDF). Tobu News (in Japanese). Tobu Railway. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b 東武鬼怒川線新駅「東武ワールドスクウェア」の開業日を7月22日(土)に決定しました! [New Tobu World Square Station on Tobu Kinugawa Line to open on 22 July 2017] (PDF). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 28 February 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b 東武鬼怒川線で復活するSL「大樹」の営業運転開始日を2017年8月10日(木)に決定! ["Taiju" steam locomotive on Tobu Kinugawa Line to enter service on Thursday 10 August 2017] (PDF). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 18 January 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.