Rikuu West Line
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|Rikuu West Line|
DMU train on the Rikuu West Line crossing the Tsunokawa River in Tozawa, Yamagata, Japan.
|Line length||43.0 km (26.7 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Rikuu West Line (陸羽西線 Rikuu-sai-sen?) is a rail line in Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) system, it connects Shinjo Station in Yamagata Prefecture to Amarume Station, and trains continue on to Sakata Station, even though it is not officially a part of the Rikuu West Line. At Shinjō, connections to the Yamagata Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line and Rikuu East Line can be made; while the Uetsu Main Line connects at Sakata Station. Its name refers to the ancient provinces of Mutsu (陸奥) and Dewa (出羽) (or alternatively, the Meiji-era provinces of Rikuzen (陸前) and Uzen (羽前)), although strictly speaking, only the Rikuu East Line connects both areas.
The line was opened in sections between 1913 and 1914. Freight services ceased in 1987, and CTC signalling was commissioned in 1991.
|Shinjō||新庄||0.0||Yamagata Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line, Rikuu East Line||Shinjō||Yamagata
|Amarume||余目||43.0||Uetsu Main Line|
|Uetsu Main Line section. Intermediate stations are not shown.|
|Sakata||酒田||55.3||Uetsu Main Line||Sakata|
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
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