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Yonesaka Line
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KiHa 52 and KiHa 47 on the Yonesaka Line in August 2008
Overview
Native name米坂線
StatusIn operation
Owner
JR logo (east).svg
JR East
LocaleYamagata Prefecture, Japan
Termini
Stations20
Service
TypeRegional rail
Operator(s)JR East
Rolling stockKiHa 110 series DMU, GV-E400 series DEMU
History
Opened1936
Technical
Line length90.7 km (56.4 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
CharacterRural
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationNone
Operating speed85 km/h (53 mph)
Route map
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The Yonesaka Line (米坂線, Yonesaka-sen) is a railway line in Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Yonezawa Station in Yamagata Prefecture to Sakamachi Station in Niigata Prefecture. At Yonezawa, connections to the Yamagata Shinkansen and Ōu Main Line can be made; while the Uetsu Main Line connects at Sakamachi Station. The line takes its name from the first kanji of Yonezawa () and Sakamachi ().

Trains can only pass each other at Uzen-Komatsu, Imaizumi, Uzen-Tsubaki, Oguni, Echigo-Kanamaru, and Echigo-Shimoseki stations.

Stations

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers   Location
Between
stations
Total
Yonezawa 米沢 - 0.0 Yonezawa Yamagata
Prefecture
Minami-Yonezawa 南米沢 3.1 3.1
Nishi-Yonezawa 西米沢 3.4 6.5
Narushima 成島 3.1 9.6
Chūgun 中郡 2.9 12.5 Kawanishi
Uzen-Komatsu 羽前小松 4.4 16.9
Inukawa 犬川 2.5 19.4
Imaizumi 今泉 3.6 23.0 Flower Nagai Line Nagai
Hagyū 萩生 4.3 27.3 Iide
Uzen-Tsubaki 羽前椿 2.8 30.1
Tenoko 手ノ子 4.6 34.7
Uzen-Numazawa 羽前沼沢 9.2 43.9 Oguni
Isaryō 伊佐領 6.1 50.0
Uzen-Matsuoka 羽前松岡 4.7 54.7
Oguni 小国 3.6 58.3
Echigo-Kanamaru 越後金丸 9.5 67.8 Sekikawa Niigata
Prefecture
Echigo-Katakai 越後片貝 5.3 73.1
Echigo-Shimoseki 越後下関 6.6 79.7
Echigo-Ōshima 越後大島 3.8 83.5
Sakamachi 坂町 7.2 90.7 Uetsu Main Line ^ Murakami

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Rolling stock

As of April 2020, the following rolling stock is used on the Yonesaka Line. All are based at Niitsu Depot.

Past

The following rolling stock was used on the Yonesaka Line. All were based at Niitsu Depot.

History

The Yonezawa to Oguni section was opened in stages between 1926 and 1935. The Sakamachi to Echigo-Kanamaru section was opened between 1931 and 1933. The line was completed with the opening of the Oguni to Echigo-Kanamaru section in 1936.[citation needed]

References