The Chizu Express Company (智頭急行株式会社 Chizu kyūkō Kabushikigaisha?) is a Japanese third-sector semi-public railway that connects Hyōgo, Okayama and Tottori prefectures. The Chizu Line is not electrified, but is a high-grade railroad, and extends a total of 56.1 kilometres. The limited expresses Super Hakuto and Super Inaba operate on this line.
Construction of the line was approved under the Railway Construction Act in 1922, and commenced by JNR in 1966. Work was well advanced when a freeze on expenditure in 1980 resulted in construction being halted with 95% of the route acquired, 30% of the earthworks completed and 10% of the track laid.
The Tottori Prefectural Government facilitated the establishment of the Chizu Express Railway Co. in 1986, which resumed construction.
The line opened on December 3, 1994, and features 17 tunnels, including the 5592m Shitozaka, the 2499m Kunimi and the 2118m Hachiya.
List of stations on the Chizu Line
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This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia