Minamiaso Railway Takamori Line

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Tateno Bridge with a scenic view.

The Takamori Line (高森線 Takamori-sen?) is Japanese railway line in Kumamoto Prefecture, between Tateno Station, Minamiaso and Takamori Station, Takamori. This is the only railway line Minamiaso Railway (南阿蘇鉄道 Minamiaso Tetsudō?, "South Aso Railway") operates. As the company name suggests, the line traverses the south part of Mount Aso caldera. The line has two stations with very long names, namely Minamiaso Mizu-no-Umareru-Sato Hakusui-Kōgen Station and Aso-Shimodajō-Fureai-Onsen Station, the former being the longest in Japan.


The entire line was opened by the then Japanese Government Railways in 1928.

Freight services ceased in 1984.

The third sector company took over the former JNR line in 1986.

The MLIT tested a DMV railbus on the line in November, 2007.

Proposed connection[edit]

After the Takachiho line opened in 1972, construction of the 23km section to Takamori continued until 1975, when flooding in the 6500m Takamori tunnel (7km north of Takamori) resulted in work being suspended. Construction was formally abandoned in 1980.

Basic data[edit]

  • Distance: 17.7 km / 11.0 mi.
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm / 3 ft. 6 in.
  • Stations: 9
  • Double-track line: None
  • Electric supply: Not electrified
  • Railway signalling: Simplified automatic
  • Stations with passing loops: 1 (Nakamatsu Station)


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

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