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Yamada Line Train at Kawauchi Station, 2004
|Line length||157.5 km (97.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Yamada Line (山田線 Yamada-sen?) is a railway line in Japan operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It originally connected Morioka Station in Morioka, Iwate to Kamaishi Station in Kamaishi, Iwate via Miyako Station in Miyako, Iwate. The tracks from Morioka Station to Miyako parallel the Hei River through a mountain valley.
The Miyako to Kamaishi section, which parallels the Sanriku-Kaigan Sea, was extensively damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Service has not resumed on this portion of the Yamada Line, and in February 2012, JR East officially proposed that this section of the line be scrapped and the right-of-way used as a bus rapid transit (BRT) route.
Stations in greyed out cells have been closed since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
|Morioka||盛岡||0.0||Tōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line, Tazawako Line, Iwate Ginga Line||Morioka||Iwate Prefecture|
(A few through services to Miyako)
|Miyako||宮古||102.1||Sanriku Railway Kita-Rias Line
(A few through services to Kamaishi and Sakari)
|Kamaishi||釜石||157.5||Kamaishi Line (suspended), Sanriku Railway Minami-Rias Line
(A few through services from Yamada Line)
The Morioka - Kami-Yonai section opened in 1923, and the line was opened to Kamaishi in sections between 1928 and 1939.
Freight services ceased between 1984 and 1986.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- 被災２路線、廃止しバス専用道提案へ ＪＲ東、岩手県に [JR East proposes to scrap two lines and convert to bus routes]. The Asahi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). Japan: The Asahi Shimbun Company. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "奥羽・山田線駅を冬季休止へ" [Ou & Yamada Line stations to be closed during winter season]. Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd.) 53 (622): p.163. February 2013.