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Operator Hakone-Tozen
System Type Counter-balance
Year Opened
# of Lines 1
# of Cars 2
Power Overhead/ Cable
Fare Media
Data Date
1st Visit 6/2003
Last Visit 6/2003
% Rode 100%

Hakone Transit
Hakone Incline

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Hakone Incline

This line can be called an incline or counter balance, but the Japanese call it a Cablecar. The line connects Gora with Sounzan. It is the link between the Hakone Tozen railway and the Hakone Ropeway.

It uses two cars hooked together via a single cable. There is a passing siding mid-way on the line. There a few stops between the top and bottom, of course all are equally spaced apart for the counter balance. The interior of the cars are stepped to maintain level. The overhead wire is for lighting and probably power for part of the braking systems.

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hakaone-incline-061103-04.jpg (572405 bytes)Train is coming up to the Sounzan terminal (6/11/03) hakaone-incline-gora-061103-01.jpg (405604 bytes)The car is at the bottom terminal of Gora. (6/11/03)
hakaone-incline-061103-03.jpg (490479 bytes)Looking down the track at Sounzan. (6/11/03) hakaone-incline-061103-06.jpg (325962 bytes)A look at the turnout mid-way on the line. (6/11/03)
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Last Updated: 03/25/17


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