Kitakami Line

The Kitakami Line (北上線, Kitakami-sen) is a rail line in Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) system, it connects Kitakami Station in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture to Yokote Station in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, acting as a connecting line between the Ōu Main Line to the Tōhoku Main Line. It connects with the Tōhoku Shinkansen and Tohoku Main Line at Kitakami Station, and the Ōu Main Line at Yokote Station.

Kitakami Line
Terminus of the Kitakami Line at Kitakami Station
Overview
TypeHeavy rail
LocaleIwate, Akita prefectures
TerminiKitakami
Yokote
Stations17
Operation
Opened1924
Operator(s)JR East
Technical
Line length61.6 km (38.3 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrificationnon
Operating speed85 kilometres per hour (53 mph)
Route map

History

The line opened in sections from both Kitakami and Yokote between 1920 and 1924.

In 1962 a 15 km deviation was built in conjunction with the construction of the Yuda Dam, which added 0.8 km to the length of the line.

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1994, and Freight services ceased in 2010.

Station list

Station Japanese Distance (km)
(from Kitakami)
Transfers Location
Kitakami 北上 0.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line Kitakami Iwate Prefecture
Yanagihara 柳原 2.1
Ezuriko 江釣子 5.2
Fujine 藤根 8.4
Tatekawame 立川目 12.1
Yokokawame 横川目 14.3
Iwasawa 岩沢 18.1
Waka-Sennin 和賀仙人 20.3
Yudakinshūko ゆだ錦秋湖 28.8 Nishiwaga
Hottoyuda ほっとゆだ 35.2
Yudakōgen ゆだ高原 39.1
Kurosawa 黒沢 44.3 Yokote Akita Prefecture
Komatsukawa 小松川 49.6
Hiraishi 平石 51.6
Ainono 相野々 53.4
Yabitsu 矢美津 56.6
Yokote 横手 61.1 Ōu Main Line

Rolling stock

References

  • Sone, Satoru (2009). "No.21 釜石線・山田線・岩泉線・北上線・八戸線". 週刊 歴史でめぐる鉄道全路線 国鉄・JR (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun: 23.
  • This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

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