Asatō Line

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Asa Kaigan Railway ASA-101 Series train.

The Asatō Line (阿佐東線?, Asatō-sen, "Asa East Line") is a Japanese railway line connecting Kaifu Station, Kaiyō and Kannoura Station, Tōyō. Together with JR Shikoku's Mugi Line, it has the official nickname Awa Muroto Seaside Line (阿波室戸シーサイドライン?, Awa Muroto Shīsaido Rain). This is the only railway line Asa Kaigan Railway (阿佐海岸鉄道?, Asa Kaigan Tetsudō, "Asa Coastal Railway") operates. The company is abbreviated as Asatetsu (阿佐鉄?). Since the line goes through a relatively sparsely populated area, it is under severe business stress, to the point where closure of the line has been proposed.

History[edit]

Japanese National Railways started the construction of the eastern section of the Asa Line in 1959, proposed to reach Muroto, where it would connect with the planned extension of the western section of the Asa line from Kochi.

The first 12km section to Kaifu opened in 1973, and further construction undertaken until work was suspended in 1980. In 1988 construction work south of Kaifu was recommenced by the Asa Kaigan Railway, the newly founded third sector company. The Kaifu - Kannoura section, now called the Asatō Line, opened in 1992.

The western portion of the planned Asa Line opened as Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line to Nahari in 2002. The Kannoura - Nahari section of the proposed Asa line has not been constructed. The proposed stations were None, Muroto, Kiragawa and Tosa-Hane.

Basic data[edit]

  • Distance: 8.5 km / 5.3 mi.
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm / 3 ft. 6 in.
  • Stations: 3
  • Double-track line: None
  • Electric supply: Not electrified
  • Railway signalling: Simplified automatic

Stations[edit]

No. Name Distance (km) Connections Location
AK28 Kaifu 海部 0.0 Shikoku Railway Company: Mugi Line (M28) Kaiyō, Kaifu District,
Tokushima Prefecture
AK29 Shishikui 宍喰 6.1  
AK30 Kannoura 甲浦 8.5   Tōyō, Aki District,
Kōchi Prefecture

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

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