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A KiHa 100 series DMU at Ominato Station on a Shimokita rapid service in October 2009
|Owner||East Japan Railway Company|
|Rolling stock||KiHa 100 series|
|Line length||58.4 km (36.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
The Ōminato Line (大湊線 Ōminato-sen) is a railway route operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Noheji Station and Ōminato Station on the Shimokita Peninsula in eastern Aomori Prefecture.
|Noheji||野辺地||-||0.0||●||Aoimori Railway Line||Noheji||Aomori|
- ●: All rapid service trains stop, ○: Some rapid service trains stop
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On March 20, 1921, the Ōminato Light Railway (大湊軽便線 Ōminato-keibensen) began operations between Noheji Station and Mutsu-Yokohama Station. The line was extended to its present terminus of Ōminato Station by September 25, 1921. In 1922, the line was nationalized, and renamed the Ōminato Line of the Japanese Government Railway (JGR, later JNR).
Express Natsudomari operations began from Aomori Station on a seasonal basis began in 1968. The express was later downgraded to rapid service and renamed the Usori, and later the Shimokita. All freight operations were suspended from February 1, 1984. With the dissolution and privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1984, the line came under the control of the East Japan Railway Company. On December 4, 1999 a new centralized traffic control (CTC) system became operational. In 2002, seasonal excursion trains, Kirakira Michinoku operations were started, and a limited number of Shimokita trains were extended to terminate at Hachinohe Station instead of Noheji.
The Tōhoku Main Line section including Noheji was transferred from JR East to Aoimori Railway on December 4, 2010. This resulted in the isolation of the Ōminato Line from the rest of the JR East network.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
- JTB Timetable December 2010 issue
- JR East website (in Japanese)
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