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)|
|No. 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 8000 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 in 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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