Nichinan Line

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Nichinan Line
JR Kyushu Kiha 125 Umisachi Yamasachi-Kiha 40 nichinan.jpg
Nichinan Line trainsets, with the Umisachi Yamasachi limited express on the right
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Kyushu
Termini Minami-Miyazaki
Shibushi
Stations 28
Operation
Owner JR Kyushu
Technical
Line length 88.9 km (55.2 mi)
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 20 kV AC, overhead catenary (Minami Miyazaki - Tayoshi)

The Nichinan Line (日南線 Nichinan-sen?) is a railway line in south-eastern Kyushu, Japan, operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu). It connects Minami-Miyazaki Station in Miyazaki, Miyazaki to Shibushi Station in Shibushi, Kagoshima.

History[edit]

The Miyazaki Prefectural Government opened the first section of the line from Obi - Aburatsu in 1913, the same year that the Miyazaki Light Railway was opened from the port of Miyazaki to Uchiumi. The lines were linked in 1932, and nationalised in 1935. The extension to Kitago opened in 1941, and to Shibushi (as a passenger only section) in 1963.

Freight services to Kitago ceased in 1982, and in 1990 the Shibushi station was relocated 100m closer to Miyazaki. The Minami Miyazaki - Tayoshi section was electrified in 1996 in conjunction with the opening of the Miyazaki Airport line.

Former connecting lines[edit]

Shibushi station -

  • The 39km line to Nishi Miyakonojo (known as the Shibushi Line) opened between 1923 and 1925, connecting to the Nippo Main Line. Freight service ended in 1983 and the line closed in 1987.
  • The 98km line to Kokubo (known as the Osumi Line), also connecting to the Nippo Main Line, was not completed until 1972. The first section was opened by the Osumi Light Railway Co. as a 762mm gauge line from Funama to Kushira, via a reversing station at Kanoya, between 1915 and 1923. The line was nationalised in 1935, the same year the Shibushi - Higashikushira section was opened by JR. The 1km connection to Kushira opened the following year, and in 1938 the Kushira - Funama section was regauged, with a new station at Kanoya removing the need to reverse direction there. The Funama - Kaigata section opened in 1961 as a passenger only line, and the Kaigata - Kokubu section also opened without freight service. The rest of the line lost freight service in 1982, and the entire line closed in 1987.

Stations[edit]

•: Stops
|: Non-stop
Stations Distance
(km)
Nichinan Marine rapid Transfers Location
↓ Down ↑ Up
Nippō Main Line
Miyazaki -2.6 Nippō Main Line (For Ōita and Kokura) Miyazaki Miyazaki Prefecture
Nichinan Line
Minami-Miyazaki 0.0 Nippō Main Line (For Kagoshima) Miyazaki Miyazaki Prefecture
Tayoshi 2.0 Miyazaki Kūkō Line
Minamikata 4.2 | |  
Kibana 7.5  
Undōkōen 9.0  
Sosanji 10.2 | |  
Kodomonokuni 11.4  
Aoshima 12.7  
Oryūzako 13.8 |  
Uchiumi 17.5 |  
Kouchiumi 19.9 |  
Ibii 23.3   Nichinan
Kitagō 32.5  
Uchinoda 37.1 | |  
Obi 39.8  
Nichinan 43.8  
Aburatsu 46.0  
Ōdōtsu 50.3  
Nangō 53.0  
Taninokuchi 56.1 |    
Yowara 60.5    
Hyūga-Ōtsuka 68.6     Kushima
Hyūga-Kitakata 71.8 |    
Kushima 74.4    
Fukushima-Imamachi 77.2    
Fukushima-Takamatsu 79.6    
Ōsumi-Natsui 84.5 |     Shibushi Kagoshima Prefecture
Shibushi 88.9    

References[edit]

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