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Watarase Keikoku Railway Watarase Keikoku Line

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Watarase Keikoku Railway Watarase Keikoku Line

The Watarase Keikoku Line (わたらせ渓谷線 -sen?) is a Japanese railway line between Kiryū Station in Kiryū, Gunma and Matō Station in Nikkō, Tochigi. This is the only railway line that the third-sector company Watarase Keikoku Railway (わたらせ渓谷鐵道 Watarase Keikoku Tetsudō?) operates. The company and line are also known as Watakei (わた渓?) or Watetsu (わ鐵?). The company acquired the line from the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in 1989. As the name suggests, the line runs along the Watarase River through a deep valley.

Basic data

  • Distance: 44.1 km
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm
  • Stations: 17
  • Double-tracking: None
  • Electrification: None
  • Railway signalling:
    • Kiryū — Shimo-Shinden: Automatic
    • Shimo-Shinden — Matō: Simplified Automatic

Station list

  • Trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
  • Local trains stop at all stations (other than Shimo-Shinden Signal Box).
Station Japanese Watarase Keikoku-gō Transfers Location
Kiryū 桐生   East Japan Railway Company (JR East): Ryōmō Line
Jōmō Electric Railway: Jōmō Line (Nishi-Kiryū)
Kiryū Gunma
Shimo-Shinden Signal Box 下新田信号場    
Shimo-Shinden 下新田    
Aioi 相老 Tōbu Railway: Kiryū Line
Undō-Kōen 運動公園 Jōmō Electric Railway: Jōmō Line (Kiryū-Kyūjō-Mae)
Ōmama 大間々 Tōbu: Kiryū Line (Akagi)
Jōmō Electric Railway: Jōmō Line (Akagi)
Kami-Kambai 上神梅  
Motojuku 本宿   Kiryū
Mizunuma 水沼  
Hanawa 花輪   Midori
Nakano 中野  
Konaka 小中  
Gōdo 神戸  
Sōri 沢入  
Haramukō 原向   Nikkō Tochigi
Tsūdō 通洞  
Ashio 足尾  
Matō 間藤    

External links

  • Watarase Keikoku Railway official website (Japanese)
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