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The Minobu Line (身延線, Minobu-sen) is a railway line in the Tōkai region of Japan operated by the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central). It connects Fuji Station in Fuji, Shizuoka to Kōfu Station in Kōfu, Yamanashi, and the Tōkaidō Main Line with the Chūō Main Line trunk railroads.

Minobu Line
JR Central Minobu Line.svg
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JR Central 313 series EMU on the Minobu Line
Overview
TypeHeavy rail
TerminiFuji
Kōfu
Stations39
Operation
Opened1890
OwnerJR Central
Technical
Line length88.4 km
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead line
Operating speed85 km/h (55 mph)
Route Map of Minobu Line

HistoryEdit

The Fuji Horse Tramway (富士馬車鉄道, Fuji Basha Tetsudō) opened a line from Suzukawa (present Yoshiwara) on the Tōkaidō Main Line to Ōmiya (present Fujinomiya) (the southern end of the current route) in 1890.

The Fuji Minobu Railway (富士身延鉄道, Fuji Minobu Tetsudō) purchased the tramway in 1912, and converted it to a steam railway the following year, gradually extending the line to Minobu, a distance of 26.9 miles (43.3 km) by 1920. In 1927, the line was electrified, and in 1928 extended to Kōfu on the Chūō Main Line completing the line with a distance of 54.7 miles (88.0 km).

In 1938 the Minobu line was leased by the government, and nationalized in 1941. The alignment at Fuji was changed in 1968 to allow through trains to operate from Tokyo without requiring a reversal of direction, and the Fuji - Fujinomiya section was duplicated between 1969 and 1974.

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1982, and freight services ceased in 1987, the year that Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) took over operations of the Minobu Line following privatization of the Japanese National Railways.

Former connecting linesEdit

  • Fujinomiya station - The Fuji Horse Tramway operated a 20km 610mm gauge line to Kami-ide between 1909 and 1939.

OperationEdit

The Fujikawa limited express service operates between Kōfu and Shizuoka via Fuji using JR Central 373 series EMU trains. Other trains are all-stations "Local" services, with higher frequencies on the Fuji - Nishi-Fujinomiya and Kajikazawaguchi - Kōfu sections compared to the section in between. 313 series and 211 series EMUs are used on local services.

StationsEdit

No. Name Distance
(km)
Connections Location
CC00 Fuji 富士 0.0 Tōkaidō Main Line Fuji Shizuoka
Prefecture
CC01 Yunoki 柚木 1.5  
CC02 Tatebori 竪堀 2.8  
CC03 Iriyamase 入山瀬 5.6  
CC04 Fujine 富士根 8.0  
CC05 Gendōji 源道寺 9.3   Fujinomiya
CC06 Fujinomiya 富士宮 10.7  
CC07 Nishi-Fujinomiya 西富士宮 11.9  
CC08 Numakubo 沼久保 16.9  
CC09 Shibakawa 芝川 19.2  
CC10 Inako 稲子 24.0  
CC11 Tōshima 十島 26.3   Nanbu Yamanashi
Prefecture
CC12 Ide 井出 29.4  
CC13 Yorihata 寄畑 31.9  
CC14 Utsubuna 内船 34.1  
CC15 Kai-Ōshima 甲斐大島 39.8   Minobu
CC16 Minobu 身延 43.5  
CC17 Shionosawa 塩之沢 45.7  
CC18 Hadakajima 波高島 50.2  
CC19 Shimobe-onsen 下部温泉 51.7  
CC20 Kai-Tokiwa 甲斐常葉 54.1  
CC21 Ichinose 市ノ瀬 56.1  
CC22 Kunado 久那土 58.8  
CC23 Kai-Iwama 甲斐岩間 60.3   Ichikawamisato
CC24 Ochii 落居 61.8  
CC25 Kajikazawaguchi 鰍沢口 66.8  
CC26 Ichikawa-Daimon 市川大門 69.8  
CC27 Ichikawa-Hommachi 市川本町 70.7  
CC28 Ashigawa 芦川 71.7  
CC29 Kai-Ueno 甲斐上野 72.8  
CC30 Higashi-Hanawa 東花輪 76.3   Chūō
CC31 Koikawa 小井川 77.5  
CC32 Jōei 常永 78.9   Shōwa
CC33 Kokubo 国母 81.2   Kōfu
CC34 Kai-Sumiyoshi 甲斐住吉 83.1  
CC35 Minami-Kōfu 南甲府 84.0  
CC36 Zenkōji 善光寺 86.3  
CC37 Kanente 金手 87.2  
CC38 Kōfu 甲府 88.4 Chūō Main Line

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

External linksEdit