The Tokushima Line (徳島線 Tokushima-sen) is a railway line in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, owned and operated by Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku). The Tokushima Line connects Sako Station in Tokushima and Tsukuda Station in Miyoshi from west to east in central Tokushima Prefecture. As the line parallels the Yoshino River, it is officially nicknamed the "Yoshino River Blue Line" (よしの川ブルーライン). In addition to linking Tokushima and Kōchi prefectures, the line's eastern half serves the city of Tokushima as a commuter line.
Local trains stopped at Kō Station
|Line length||67.5 km (41.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (70 mph)|
Although the official start of the line is at Tsukuda, rail services from Sako to Tsukuda are considered outbound, with the reverse being inbound. This is to allow for more efficient connecting service to the Dosan Line at Tsukuda.
The Tsurugisan limited express provides the bulk of express services on the line from Awa-Ikeda (on the Dosan Line) and Anabuki to Tokushima and Kaifu (on the Mugi Line). In the March 2009 timetable revision, a single inbound Muroto limited express was established, providing through service to Kaifu on the Mugi Line.
There are two to three local trains per hour, with most trains serving the Tokushima – Awa-Ikeda, Tokushima – Anabuki, and Tokushima – Awa-Kawashima sections. Some trains continue through to the Mugi Line via Tokushima. Local trains are generally driver-only operated, but some daytime and late-night trains between Tokushima and Anabuki, as well as three trains between Anabuki and Awa-Ikeda, often have a conductor on board. Due to the length of platforms, train lengths are limited to a maximum of four cars.
The Tokushima Line serves as a bypass route between Tokushima and Kōchi; in the past, the Asa and Yoshinogawa express and some Tsurugisan limited express services connected the two cities (now passengers must change at Awa-Ikeda to the Nanpū limited express).
- All stations are located in Tokushima Prefecture.
- Local trains stop at all stations. For details of the Tsurugisan and Muroto limited express services, see the respective articles.
- Trains can pass one another at stations marked "◇" and cannot pass at those marked "｜".
|Station No.||Station||Japanese||Distance (km)||Transfers||Location|
|T00||Tokushima||徳島||-||1.4||Mugi Line (M00)||◇||Tokushima|
|Through from Tokushima via the Kōtoku Line|
|B01||Sako||佐古||1.4||0.0||Kōtoku Line (T01) (for Ikenotani and Naruto Line)*||◇||Tokushima|
|B05||Ishii||石井||3.7||8.9||◇||Ishii, Myōzai District|
|B18||Sadamitsu||貞光||5.2||48.1||◇||Tsurugi, Mima District|
|B20||Eguchi||江口||6.0||56.3||◇||Higashimiyoshi, Miyoshi District|
|B24||Tsukuda||佃||1.5||67.5||Dosan Line (D21) (for Tadotsu)||◇|
|Through to Awa-Ikeda via the Dosan Line|
|B25||Awa-Ikeda||阿波池田||5.1||72.6||Dosan Line (D22) (for Kōchi)||◇||Miyoshi|
*: Although the official start of the Naruto Line is at Ikenotani, most trains travel through on the Kōtoku Line to Tokushima.
The first section of the line, between Tokushima and Kawata, was opened in 1899 by the Tokushima Railway (徳島鉄道 Tokushima-tetsudō). In 1907, the Tokushima Railway was nationalised under the Railway Nationalization Act.
The line was extended to Awa-Ikeda in 1914, connecting to the Dosan Line, and further extended to Minawa in 1931, which at the time was classed as an extension of the Tokushima line. In 1935 the section was incorporated into the Dosan Line.
Freight service on the line ceased in 1986.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
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- JR Shikoku official website (in Japanese)