Gantoku Line

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Gantoku Line
Overview
Type Regional rail
Locale Yamaguchi Prefecture
Termini Iwakuni
Kushigahama
Stations 15
Operation
Owner JR West
Technical
Line length 43.7 km (27.2 mi)
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None

The Gantoku Line (岩徳線 Gantoku-sen?) is a 43.7 km (27.2 mi) railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in western Japan, connecting Iwakuni Station in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, and Kushigahama Station in Shūnan, Yamaguchi.

Operations[edit]

Trains running on this line continue from Kushigahama Station to Tokuyama Station on the Sanyo Main Line.

This line has steep gradients and long tunnel sections, as the line was originally built to shorten the Sanyō Main Line along the old San'yōdō. It runs more closely parallel to the Sanyō Shinkansen than the Sanyō Main Line.

Stations[edit]

Station name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Iwakuni 岩国 0.0 Sanyō Main Line Iwakuni
Nishi-Iwakuni 西岩国 3.7  
Kawanishi 川西 5.6 Nishikigawa Seiryū Line
Hashirano 柱野 8.5  
Kinmeiji 欽明路 15.2  
Kuga 玖珂 17.1  
Suō-Takamori 周防高森 20.6  
Yonekawa 米川 24.4  
Takamizu 高水 28.8   Shūnan
Katsuma 勝間 31.1  
Ōkawachi 大河内 33.3  
Suō-Kubo 周防久保 34.7   Kudamatsu
Ikunoya 生野屋 38.0  
Suō-Hanaoka 周防花岡 39.8  
Kushigahama 櫛ヶ浜 43.7 Sanyō Main Line (toward Yanai) Shūnan
Tokuyama 徳山 47.1 Sanyō Shinkansen, Sanyō Main Line (toward Hōfu and Shin-Yamaguchi)

Morigahara Junction[edit]

Morigahara Junction

Morigahara Junction (森ヶ原信号場 Morigahara Shingōjō?) between Kawanishi and Hashirano Stations is the point where the Nishikigawa Seiryū Line diverges from the Gantoku Line. Between this junction and Kawanishi Station, the two lines share the same track.

History[edit]

A morning Gantoku Line train at Iwakuni Station, headed by a class DE10 diesel locomotive, circa 1976