The Yahiko Line (弥彦線 Yahiko-sen) is a Japanese railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) which connects Yahiko Station in the village of Yahiko and Higashi-Sanjō Station in the city of Sanjo, both in Niigata Prefecture. The line shares its name with both Yahiko Village and nearby Mt. Yahiko.
|Rolling stock||115 series/E127 series/E129 series|
|Line length||17.5 km (10.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||85 km/h (55 mph)|
|Higashi-Sanjō||東三条||17.4||■Shinetsu Main Line||◇|
- | - Single-track
- ◇ - Single-track; station where trains can pass
- E127 series 2-car EMUs (since March 2015)
- E129 series 2/4-car EMUs (since March 2015)
- 115-1000 series 3-car EMUs
New E129 series EMUs were introduced on local services on the line from fiscal 2014.
- 115-500 series 2 car EMUs (until March 2015)
The Echigo Railway opened the Yahiko to Yoshida section in 1916 and extended the line to Higashi-Sanjo in 1926. The company was nationalised in 1927.
Freight services ceased in 1960, and the line was electrified in 1984.
Former connecting lines
- Tsubame Station: The Niigata Kotsu opened a 34 km line electrified at 1,500 V DC to Sekiya on the Echigo Line in 1933. Freight services ceased in 1982, and the line closed between 1993 and 1999.
- Higashi-Sanjo station: An 8 km line to Echigo Nagasawa operated between 1927 and 1985.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
- 通勤形車両の新造計画について [New commuter train manufacture plans] (PDF) (in Japanese). East Japan Railway Company. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Yahiko Line stations (JR East) (in Japanese)
- Yahiko Line timetable (JR East) (in Japanese)
- Yahiko Line (in Japanese)