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The Etsumi-Nan Line (越美南線, Etsumi Nansen, "Etsumi South Line") is a railway line in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, operated by the third-sector operator Nagaragawa Railway (長良川鉄道, Nagaragawa Tetsudō). The line connects Mino-Ōta Station in Minokamo with Hokunō Station in Gujō. It is the only railway line operated by the Nagaragawa Railway. The line was originally operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR). JNR planned to connect the Etsumi-Nan Line and Etsumi-Hoku Line ("Etsumi North Line"), but the plan was never realized. The north line was later succeeded by West Japan Railway Company (JR West), while the south line was taken by Nagaragawa Railway, a newly founded third-sector company, in 1986. As the company name suggests, the line runs along Nagara River. As a consequence of Japan's declining population and frequent natural disasters (such as typhoons and heavy snowfall), the company is facing financial difficulties.

Etsumi-Nan Line
Nagaragawa Railway Nagara 3 Series train
A Nagaragawa Railway Nagara 3 series train
Overview
Native name 越美南線
Locale Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Termini Mino-Ōta
Hokunō
Stations 38
Operation
Opened 5 October 1923
Owner Nagaragawa Railway
Technical
Line length 72.1 km (44.80 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification Not electrified

Contents

StationsEdit

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
Mino-Ōta 美濃太田 - 0.0 Minokamo Gifu
Maehira-Kōen 前平公園 1.7 1.7  
Kamono 加茂野 2.0 3.7  
Tomika 富加 2.2 5.9   Tomika, Kamo District
Seki-Tomioka 関富岡 2.3 8.2   Seki
Seki-guchi 関口 1.5 9.7  
Hamonokaikan-mae 刃物会館前 1.5 11.2  
Seki 0.8 12.0  
Seki-Shiyakusho-mae 関市役所前 1.0 13.0  
Seki-Shimouchi 関下有知 1.6 14.6  
Matsumori 松森 1.5 16.1   Mino
Minoshi 美濃市 1.6 17.7  
Umeyama 梅山 1.1 18.8  
Yunohora-Onsen-guchi 湯の洞温泉口 3.5 22.3  
Suhara 洲原 2.4 24.7  
Hanno 母野 1.4 26.1   Gujō
Konno 木尾 1.2 27.3  
Yasaka 八坂 2.1 29.4  
Minami-Kodakara-Onsen みなみ子宝温泉 1.2 30.6  
Ōya 大矢 1.2 31.8  
Fukuno 福野 1.1 32.9  
Minami-Kariyasu 美並苅安 1.9 34.8  
Akaike 赤池 1.5 36.3  
Fukado 深戸 2.2 38.5  
Aioi 相生 4.5 43.0  
Gujō-Hachiman 郡上八幡 3.9 46.9  
Shizen'en-mae 自然園前 4.0 50.9  
Yamada 山田 3.1 54.0  
Tokunaga :徳永 1.9 55.9  
Gujō-Yamato 郡上大和 1.4 57.3  
Mamba 万場 2.4 59.7  
Kami-Mamba 上万場 1.4 61.1  
Ōnaka 大中 1.3 62.4  
Ōshima 大島 1.9 64.3  
Mino-Shirotori 美濃白鳥 1.8 66.1  
Shirotori-Kōgen 白鳥高原 3.5 69.6  
Hakusan-Nagataki 白山長滝 1.3 70.9  
Hokunō 北濃 1.2 72.1  

Rolling stockEdit

From spring 2016, two of the line's Nagara 300 series diesel cars are scheduled to be rebuilt as a Nagara sightseeing train. The rebuilding work on the two cars will be overseen by Don Design Associates, headed by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Mino-Ota to Mino-Shi section opened on 5 October 1923, and the line was then progressively extended, reaching Hokuno in 1934.[citation needed] Freight services ceased in 1974.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 長良川鉄道,観光列車「ながら」を導入 [Nagaragawa Railway to introduced "Nagara" sightseeing train]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 

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