The is a Japanese railway
line in Niigata Prefecture
, between Muikamachi
. This is the only railway line operates. The construction as Japanese National Railways
line begun in 1968
, finally completed as the third sector
line in 1997
Unlike most other third sector company lines, the line is steadly making profits. This is because the shortest rail link between Kantō and Hokuriku is to use Jōetsu Shinkansen, stop at Echigo-Yuzawa, and transfer to Hokuhoku Line. However, most of these users are expected to use Hokuriku Shinkansen when it expands to Kanazawa in 2014. The maximum speed at service, 160 km/h, is the fastest in the country, excluding Shinkansen.
- Distance: 59.5 km / 37.0 mi.
- Gauge: 1,067 mm / 3 ft. 6 in.
- Stations: 12
- Maximum speed at service
- Limited express: 160 km/h
- Rapid, local: 110 km/h
- Double-track line: Several stations
- Electric supply: Whole the line (1500 V DC)
- Railway signalling: Automatic (ATS-P)
- CTC center: Muikamachi Operation Control Center
There are 3 signal boxes in Hokuhoku line. Every of them has 1 bidirectinal through road with straight track in order to prevent speed falling and 1 siding track.
Akakura Signal Box
is a passing loop
between Uonumakyūryō and Misashima in Tōkamachi, Niigata
. It is in Akakura tunnel.
Yakushitōge Signal Box
is a passing loop between Tōkamachi and Matsudai in Tōkamachi, Niigata. It is in Yakushitōge tunnel.
Gimyō Signal Box
is a passing loop between Matsudai and Hokuhoku-Ōshima in Tōkamachi, Niigata. It is in Nabetaniyama tunnel.