Ōarai Kashima Line
|Kashima Rinkai Railway Ōarai Kashima Line|
A Kashima Rinkai Railway 6000 series diesel railcar in August 2007
Kashima Soccer Stadium
|Opened||14 March 1985|
|Owner||Kashima Rinkai Tetsudo|
|Line length||53.0 km (32.9 mi)|
|Number of tracks||Single|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||500 m|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Kashima Rinkai Railway Ōarai Kashima Line (鹿島臨海鉄道大洗鹿島線 Kashima Rinkai Tetsudō Ōarai Kashima-sen?) is a 53.0 km Japanese railway line in Ibaraki Prefecture, which connects Mito Station in Mito with Kashima Soccer Stadium Station in Kashima. It is owned and run by the third-sector railway operating company Kashima Rinkai Tetsudo (KRT).
|Line||Station||Japanese||Between (km)||Distance (km)||Transfers||Location|
|Ōarai Kashima||Mito||水戸||-||0.0||Jōban Line
|Chōjagahama Shiosai Hamanasu Kōenmae||長者ヶ浜潮騒はまなす公園前||2.3||48.4|
|Kashima Soccer Stadium||鹿島サッカースタジアム||2.9||53.0||Kashima Rinkō Line|
As of 1 April 2015[update], passenger services on the line were operated by a fleet of 19 6000 series diesel railcars, numbered 6001 to 6019, as well as a two-car 7000 series diesel multiple unit (DMU) train owned by Ibaraki Prefecture and reserved for special event services. The railway also operates three diesel locomotives: Class KRD locomotive number KRD 5 and two Class KRD64 locomotives, KRD64-1 and KRD64-2.
The first of a new fleet of 8000 series diesel cars is scheduled to be introduced on the line, replacing the 6000 series cars, with the first unit due to enter revenue service from 26 March 2016.
The line opened on 14 March 1985 between Mito and Kita-Kashima (now Kashima Soccer Stadium) stations.
Freight operations over the line commenced from 1 November 1989, but were discontinued from 16 March 1996.
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