Yamagata Railway Flower Nagai Line

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Flower Nagai Line
Flower line akayu station 2006-12-16.jpg
A Flower Nagai Line train at Akayu terminal
Overview
Locale Yamagata Prefecture
Termini Akayu
Arato
Stations 17
Operation
Opening 1913
Operator(s) Yamagata Railway
Technical
Line length 30.5 km (19.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Flower Nagai Line
JR EastYamagata Shinkansen
JR East Ōu Main LineYamagata Line
0.0 Akayu
0.9 Nanyō-Shiyakusho
3.0 Miyauchi
4.4 Orihata
6.8 Ringō
Mogami River
10.3 Nishi-Ōtsuka
JR East:Yonesaka Line
12.2 Imaizumi
Shirakawa River
Shirakawa Signal Stop-1984
JR East:Yonesaka Line
14.9 Tokiniwa
17.3 Minami-Nagai
18.3 Nagai
19.1 Ayame-Kōen
21.0 Uzen-Narita
23.2 Shirousagi
24.6 Koguwa
27.9 Ayukai
28.6 Shikinosato
Mogami River
30.5 Arato

The Flower Nagai Line (フラワー長井線 Furawā-Nagai-sen?) is a Japanese railway line in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. It connects Akayu Station in Nanyō to Arato Station in Shirataka.

The Flower Nagai Line is the only line operated by the third sector Yamagata Railway Company (山形鉄道 Yamagata Tetsudō?), which took over the former JR East line in 1988.

In 2005, Yamagata Railway was in danger of having to shut down due to low patronage, leaving many residents, especially the young and old, without a mode of transportation from their farms. The only option available to the company was to try to attract more tourists to the scenic views. Lone train operator, Tatsuo Asakura, working without the knowledge of his superiors increased out-of-town passengers from 350 in 2005 to 7,000 in 2006, and in September 2008 had entertained more than 20,000 tourists with his uplifting guided tours, spoken in local dialect.[1]

Operation[edit]

Seven single-car diesel multiple units serve the line, running from Akayu to Arato once every one to two hours.

History[edit]

Station list[edit]

All stations are located in Yamagata Prefecture.

Station Japanese Distance
(km)
Transfers Location
Akayu 赤湯 0.0 Yamagata Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line Nan'yō
Nan'yō-Shiyakusho 南陽市役所 0.9
Miyauchi 宮内 3.0
Orihata おりはた 4.4
Ringō 梨郷 6.8
Nishi-Ōtsuka 西大塚 10.3 Kawanishi, Higashiokitama District
Imaizumi 今泉 12.2 Yonesaka Line Nagai
Tokiniwa 時庭 14.9
Minami-Nagai 南長井 17.3
Nagai 長井 18.3
Ayame-Kōen あやめ公園 19.1
Uzen-Narita 羽前成田 21.0
Shirousagi 白兎 23.2
Koguwa 蚕桑 24.6 Shirataka, Nishiokitama District
Ayukai 鮎貝 27.9
Shikinosato 四季の郷 28.6
Arato 荒砥 30.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Judit Kawaguchi (September 9, 2008). "Words to Live By - Tatsuo Asakura". The Japan Times Online. 

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