Chungbuk Line

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Chungbuk Line
Korail Chungbuk Line.png
Overview
Native name충북선(忠北線)
TypeFreight/Passenger
StatusOperational
LocaleSejong
North Chungcheong
TerminiJochiwon
Bongyang
Stations16
Operation
Opened1 November 1921
OwnerKorea Rail Network Authority
Operator(s)Korail
Technical
Line length115.0 km (71.5 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification25 kV 60 Hz Overhead Lines
Operating speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Route map
Gyeongbu Line
0.0 Jochiwon
Gyeongbu Line
Osong Line
Sejong/Cheongju
4.4 Osong
7.7 Wolgok
11.4 Cheongju (Former Jeongbong)
21.5 Ogeunjang
24.4 Cheongju International Airport
28.8 Naesu
Cheongju/Jeungpyeong
36.6 Jeungpyeong
42.8 Doan
Jeungpyeong/Eumseong
51.5 Bocheon
59.6 Eumseong
64.1 Soi
Eumseong/Chungju
71.9 Judeok (Former Daesowon)
78.9 Dalcheon
82.7 Chungju
88.1 Mokaeng
92.7 Dongnyang
100.6 Samtan
Chungju/Jecheon
106.4 Gongjeon
Jungang Line
115.0 Bongyang
Jungang Line

The Chungbuk Line(충북선, 忠北線) is a railway line serving North Chungcheong Province in South Korea. The line connects Jochiwon on the Gyeongbu Line to Bongyang on the Jungang Line, serving the major cities of Cheongju and Chungju en route. Cheongju International Airport is located near the rail line.

History[edit]

Prewar[edit]

The first section of the line was opened by the privately owned Chōsen Central Railway in 1921, which became part of the Chōsen Railway (Chōtetsu) in 1923.[1] Chōtetsu then continued to extend the line until 1928 to Chungju as follows:

Date Section Length
1 November 1921 JochiwonCheongju 22.7 km
1 May 1923 Cheongju–Cheongan (Jeungpyeong) 23.9 km
25 December 1928 Cheongan–Chungju 47.4 km

Plans existed to continue the line from Chungju to Yeongwol, but after the end of Japanese rule this plan was abandoned until 1949, after which the extension was built as the Korean National Railroad's Taebaek Line.

In the November 1942 timetable, the last issued prior to the start of the Pacific War, Chōtetsu operated the following schedule of local passenger services ("R" indicates that train was operated by railcar):[2]

Dist.
Price K. yen 1 101
R
3 5 103
R
7 105
R
9 Station name Dist.
Price
K. yen
10 2 102
R
4 104
R
6 106 8
2nd cl. 3rd cl. 2nd cl. 3rd cl.
0.0 - - 07:40 08:48 11:40 14:00 16:10 17:30 18:40 20:50 Jochiwon 94.0 6.60 3.30 06:28 09:31 08:25 12:25 14:47 15:51 18:15 20:21
22.7 1.70 0.85 08:45 09:29 12:50 15:30 16:52 18:40 19:22 21:32 Cheongju 71.3 5.00 2.50 05:50 08:50 07:40 11:40 14:05 15:10 17:30 19:40
94.0 6.60 3.30 11:06 ... 15:11 17:56 ... 20:58 ... ... Chungju 0.0 - - ... 06:00 ... 08:50 ... 12:10 ... 16:50

Postwar[edit]

Like the other private railways this line was also nationalized after the independence of Korea. The rest section of the line was opened on January 10, 1959.[3]

Upgrade[edit]

Until the 1980s the section Osong–Baongyang (110.6 km) was reconstructed with the double track and the part of the railway was moved.[3] The entire line was electrified on 30 March 2005.[4]

On September 1, 2010, the South Korean government announced a strategic plan to reduce travel times from Seoul to 95% of the country to under 2 hours by 2020. As part of the plan, the Chungbuk Line is to be upgraded for 230 km/h and may see KTX service.[5]

The movie Peppermint Candy was shot near Gongjeon station.

Route[edit]

Station Hangul Hanja Connecting lines
and services
Station
distance
Line
distance
Location
km
Jochiwon 조치원 鳥致院 KTX logo.svg Gyeongbu
Korail logo.svg ITX-Saemaeul services
Korail logo.svg Mugunghwa-ho services
0.0 0.0 Sejong Jochiwon
Osong 오송 五松 KTX logo.svg Gyeongbu HSR
Osong Line
O-Train
4.4 4.4 N. Chungcheong Cheongju
Cheongju 청주 淸州 7.0 11.4
Ogeunjang 오근장 梧根場 10.1 21.5
Cheongju Airport 청주공항 淸州空港 2.9 24.4
Naesu 내수 內秀 4.4 28.8
Jeungpyeong 증평 曾坪 7.8 36.6 Jeungpyeong County
Doan 도안 道安 6.2 42.8
Bocheon 보천 甫川 8.7 51.5 Eumseong County
Eumseong 음성 陰城 8.1 59.6
Soi 소이 蘇伊 4.5 64.1
Judeok 주덕 周德 7.8 71.9 Chungju
Dalcheon 달천 達川 7.0 78.9
Chungju 충주 忠州 O-Train 3.8 82.7
Mokhaeng 목행 牧杏 5.4 88.1
Dongnyang 동량 東良 4.6 92.7
Samtan 삼탄 三灘 7.9 100.6
Gongjeon 공전 公田 5.8 106.4 Jecheon
Bongyang 봉양 鳳陽 8.6 115.0

Original route[edit]

忠北線 - 충북선 - Chūhoku Line - Chungbuk Line
Distance Station name
Total; km S2S; km Transcribed, Korean Transcribed, Japanese Hunminjeongeum Hanja/Kanji Connections
0.0 0.0 Jochiwon Chōchien 조치원 鳥致院 Sentetsu Gyeongbu Line
4.4 4.4 Osong Goshō 오송 五松
7.7 3.3 Wolgok Gekkoku 월곡 月谷
22.7 18.3 Cheongju Shōshū 청주 淸州
32.8 10.1 Ogeunjang Gokonjō 오근장 梧根場
40.1 7.3 Naesu Naishū 내수 內秀
47.9 7.8 Cheongan Shōan 청안 清安
62.8 14.9 Bocheon Fusen 보천 甫川
70.9 8.1 Eumseong Insei 음성 陰城
75.4 4.5 Soi Soi 소이 蘇伊
83.2 7.8 Daesowon Daishōen 대소원 大召院
94.0 10.8 Chungju Chūshū 충주 忠州

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Establishment of the Chosen Railway, Dong-A Ilbo, 3 September 1923 (in Korean)
  2. ^ Tōa Travel Co. (東亜旅行社), Ministry of Railways Combined Timetable 1 November 1942 (鐵道省編纂時刻表昭和17年11月1日)
  3. ^ a b "경영원칙 > 경영공시 > 영업현황 > 영업거리현황". Korail. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  4. ^ "Electricity Almanac 2009" (PDF). Korea Electric Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  5. ^ "Bullet trains coming to a town near you by 2020". JoongAng Daily. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  • Japanese Government Railways, (1937), 鉄道停車場一覧. 昭和12年10月1日現在(The List of the Stations as of 1 October 1937), Kawaguchi Printing Company, Tokyo, p 507