Ishinomaki Line

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The Ishinomaki Line (石巻線 Ishinomaki-sen?) is a rail line in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) system, it connects Kogota Station in Misato to Onagawa Station in Onagawa, acting as a spur line from the Tōhoku Main Line to the central coast of Miyagi Prefecture. It connects with the Rikuu East Line and Tōhoku Main Line at Kogota Station, the Kesennuma Line at Maeyachi Station and the Senseki Line at Ishinomaki Station, both in Ishinomaki, Miyagi. The line was damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and the damage was so severe that service between Urushuku and Onagawa is not scheduled to be reinstated until March 2015.

History[edit]

The Senpoku Light Railway Co. opened a 762mm (2'6") gauge line from Kogata to Ishinomaki in 1912. The line was nationalised in 1919 and converted to 1067mm (3'6") gauge in 1920

The Oshika Light Railway Co. opened a 762mm gauge horse-drawn tramway from Ishinomaki to Watanoha in 1915, and extended to Onagawa in 1924. A Petrol locomotive was introduced in 1926. The line was nationalised in 1939 and converted to 1067mm gauge the same year.

In 1958 the line was extended 1.4km to the Onagawa Port, that extension closing in 1980.

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the line, the Kogata - Ishinomaki section being out of service for 2 months, the Ishinomaki - Watanoha section for a year and the Watanoha - Urushuku section for 2 years, with the section to Onagawa not expected to resume service until March 2015.

Station list[edit]

Station Name Japanese Distance Transfers Location
Kogota 小牛田 0.0 Tōhoku Main Line, Rikuu East Line Misato, Miyagi
Kami-Wakuya 上涌谷 3.5 Wakuya, Miyagi
Wakuya 涌谷 6.2
Maeyachi 前谷地 12.8 Kesennuma Line Ishinomaki, Miyagi
Kakeyama 佳景山 17.1
Kanomata 鹿又 21.2
Sobanokami 曽波神 23.7
Ishinomaki 石巻 27.9 Senseki Line
Rikuzen-Inai 陸前稲井 30.9
Watanoha 渡波 35.9
Mangoku-Ura 万石浦 37.0
Sawada 沢田 38.3
Urashuku 浦宿 42.4 Onagawa, Miyagi
Onagawa 女川 44.9

References[edit]

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia