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     Shin'etsu Main Line
Overview
Locale Niigata Prefecture
Termini Shinonoi Station
Niigata Station
Operation
Operator(s) JR East
Technical
Track gauge 1,067 mm
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary

The Shin'etsu Main Line (信越本線 Shin'etsu-honsen ?) is a set of lines operated by the East Japan Railway Company. The bulk of the line runs from Shinonoi Station in Nagano Prefecture to Niigata Station in Niigata Prefecture, with several connections to other lines including Hokuriku Main Line at Naoetsu Station in Niigata Prefecture. The other section of the Shin'etsu Main Line runs from Takasaki Station in Gunma Prefecture to Yokokawa Station in Gunma Prefecture. Additionally, there are three freight branches, namely from Echigo-Ishiyama Station to Niigata Kamotsu Terminal, from Kami-Nuttari Junction to Nuttari Station, and from Kami-Nuttari Junction to Higashi-Niigata-kō Station. The name of the line refers to the old names for Nagano and Niigata Prefectures, Shinano (濃) and Echigo (後), which the main section still connects.

The separation of the two sections of the line was a result of the abandonment of the section between Yokokawa and Karuizawa and the assignment of business of the section between Karuizawa and Shinonoi to Shinano Railway, both occurred on October 1, 1997 concurrently to the opening of the Nagano Shinkansen between Takasaki and Nagano stations. The abandoned section through the Usui Pass was famous for its steep 66.7 gradient.[1]

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Stations

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Takasaki–Yokokawa

Station Distance
(km)
Connections Location
Takasaki 0.0 JR East: Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen, Takasaki Line, Hachikō Line, Jōetsu Line, Ryōmō Line
Joshin Dentetsu Joshin Line
Takasaki Gunma
Prefecture
Kita-Takasaki 2.4  
Gumma-Yawata 6.4  
Annaka 10.6   Annaka
Isobe 17.6  
Matsuida 22.7  
Nishi-Matsuida 23.9  
Yokokawa 29.7  

Yokokawa–Shinonoi

JR East ceased to operate this section on October 1, 1997. Effective the same date, the segment between Karuizawa and Shinonoi was transferred to Shinano Railway and the segment between Yokokawa and Karuizawa was abandoned. The content of the table is correct as of September 30, 1997.

Station Distance
(km)
Connections Location
Yokokawa 0.0   Matsuida Gunma
Prefecture
Kumanotaira Signal Box 6.1  
Karuizawa 11.2   Karuizawa Nagano
Prefecture
Naka-Karuizawa 15.2  
Shinano-Oiwake 18.3  
Miyota 24.2   Miyota
Hirahara 29.9   Komoro
Komoro 33.6 JR East: Koumi Line
Shigeno 39.5   Tōbu
Tanaka 42.9  
Ōya 46.4   Ueda
Ueda 51.6 Ueda Kōtsū Bessho Line
Nishi-Ueda 56.0  
Sakaki 62.0   Sakaki
Togura 66.6   Togura
Yashiro 71.6 Nagano Electric Railway Kōshoku
Shinonoi 76.8 (see below) Nagano

Shinonoi–Niigata

Station Distance
(km)
Connections Location
Shinonoi 0.0 JR East: Shinonoi Line,
Shinano Railway Line
Nagano Nagano
Prefecture
Imai 2.1  
Kawanakajima 4.3  
Amori 6.4  
Nagano 9.3 JR East: Nagano Shinkansen
Nagano Electric Railway
Kita-Nagano 13.2  
Sansai 16.1  
Toyono 20.1 JR East: Iiyama Line
Mure 27.9   Iizuna
Furuma 34.4   Shinano
Kurohime 38.2  
Myōkō-Kōgen 46.6   Myōkō Niigata
Prefecture
Sekiyama 53.0  
Nihongi 61.3   Jōetsu
Arai 67.6   Myōkō
Kita-Arai 70.5  
Wakinoda 73.9   Jōetsu
Minami-Takada 75.6  
Takada 77.6  
Kasugayama 81.5  
Naoetsu 84.3 JR West: Hokuriku Main Line
Kuroi 87.0  
Saigata 91.4 Hokuhoku Line
Dosokohama 93.7  
Katamachi 95.5  
Jōgehama 98.3  
Kakizaki 101.9  
Yoneyama 107.8   Kashiwazaki
Kasashima 111.7  
Ōmigawa 113.9  
Kujiranami 116.9  
Kashiwazaki 120.6 JR East: Echigo Line
Ibarame 123.6  
Yasuda 126.5  
Kitajō 129.1  
Echigo-Hirota 132.4  
Nagatori 135.1  
Tsukayama 140.1   Nagaoka
Echigo-Iwatsuka 144.8  
Raikōji 147.6  
Maekawa 151.7  
Miyauchi 154.3 JR East: Jōetsu Line
(Freight) Minami-Nagaoka 155.7  
Nagaoka 157.3 JR East: Jōetsu Shinkansen
Kita-Nagaoka 159.8  
Oshikiri 164.2  
Mitsuke 168.7   Mitsuke
Obiori 172.8   Sanjō
Tōkōji 175.4  
Sanjō 178.9  
Higashi-Sanjō 180.5 JR East: Yahiko Line
Honai 184.3  
Kamo 188.1   Kamo
Hanyūda 192.2   Tagami
Tagami 195.4  
Yashiroda 199.1   Akiha-ku, Niigata
Furutsu 202.2  
Niitsu 205.4 JR East: Uetsu Main Line, Banetsu West Line
Satsukino 206.9  
Ogikawa 209.2  
Kameda 214.1   Kōnan-ku, Niigata
Echigo-Ishiyama 216.5   Higashi-ku, Niigata
Kaminuttari Signal Box (218.7)   Chūō-ku, Niigata
Niigata 220.6 JR East: Jōetsu Shinkansen, Hakushin Line, Echigo Line

References

  1. ^ Harada, Katsumasa (1981). "Technological independence and progress of standardization in the Japanese railways" (in English). JETRO. http://d-arch.ide.go.jp/je_archive/society/wp_je_unu36.html. Retrieved 2 January 2009. "it was eventually decided to build the track at a steep grade of 66.7/1,000"  

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