Wakasa Railway Wakasa Line
Wakasa Railway "Sakura 1" train
|Operator(s)||Wakasa Railway Company|
|Track length||19.2 km (11.9 mi)|
|No. of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||65 km/h (40 mph)|
The Wakasa Line (若桜線 Wakasa-sen?) is a Japanese railway line in Tottori Prefecture operated by the third sector company Wakasa Railway (若桜鉄道 Wakasa Tetsudō?). The line connects Kōge Station in Yazu and Wakasa Station in Wakasa. It is the only railway line operated by the Wakasa Railway. The third sector company took over operations of the former West Japan Railway Company (JR West) line in 1987.
The line was opened by the Japanese Government Railways in 1930. Freight services ceased in 1974.
The operation of the line was transferred to the Wakasa Railway Company in 1987.
Owners and operator
The line is operated by Wakasa Railway Company. Although the company originally owned the railway line, on April 1, 2009, the ownership was transferred to the municipalities (towns) where the line exists and the company became a pure operator of the railway as a Category 2 Railway Operator. The town of Yazu owns 16.5 km of track and the town of Wakasa owns 2.7 km of track as Category 3 Railway Operators.
- Some trains operate through from the JR West Imbi Line (Tottori - Kōge).
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- Tetsudō Kyoku, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (2009). Tetsudō Yōran (Heisei 21 Nendo) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Denkisha Kenkyūkai. pp. 166–167. ISBN 978-4-88548-113-0.
- Wakasa Railway official website (Japanese)