Iwate Galaxy Railway Line
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The Iwate Galaxy Railway Line (いわて銀河鉄道線 Iwate Ginga Tetsudō-sen) is a railway line in Japan operated by the "third sector" publicly and privately owned operator Iwate Galaxy Railway Company. It connects Morioka Station in Morioka, Iwate to Metoki Station in Sannohe, Aomori.
|Iwate Galaxy Railway Line|
An IGR 7000 series EMU at Morioka Station, March 2007
|Opened||1 December 2002|
|Owner||Iwate Galaxy Railway Company|
|Rolling stock||IGR 7000 series (701 series) EMUs|
|Line length||82.0 km (51.0 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||20,000 V AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||100 km/h (60 mph)|
Formerly part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Tohoku Main Line, it was separated from 1 December 2002 with the opening of the Tohoku Shinkansen which parallels the route. JR Freight services and JR East overnight sleeping car trains continue to travel over the line.
|Morioka||盛岡||-||0.0||Tohoku Shinkansen, Tohoku Main Line, Tazawako Line (Akita Shinkansen), Yamada Line||Morioka||Iwate|
|Kōma||好摩||4.7||21.3||Hanawa Line (some through services)|
|Metoki||目時||3.6||82.0||Aoimori Railway Line (through service)||Sannohe||Aomori|
|Through to Hachinohe Station on the Aoimori Railway Line|
The Iwate Galaxy Railway Company owns a fleet of IGR 7000 series 2-car electric multiple unit (EMU) trains. The fleet consists of four 7000-0 series sets, which were originally JR East 701-1000 series sets transferred from Morioka in December 2002, and three newly built 7000-100 series sets.
The section of the line between Morioka and Metoki first opened on 1 September 1891, and was nationalized on 1 November 1906. The line was double-tracked by 12 July 1968, and it was electrified on 22 August 1968. With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 1 April 1987, the line came under the control of East Japan Railway Company (JR East). From 1 December 2002, with the opening of the parallel Tohoku Shinkansen extension to Hachinohe, ownership of the line was transferred to the third-sector Iwate Galaxy Railway Company.