Kishū Railway Line
|Kishu Railway Line|
Kitetsu 1 type
|Locale||Wakayama Prefecture, Japan|
|Opened||15 June 1931|
|Line length||2.7 km (1.7 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Kishu Railway Line (紀州鉄道線? Kishū Tetsudō-sen) is a Japanese railway line between Gobō Station and Nishi-Gobō Station, all within Gobō, Wakayama. This is the only railway line of the Kishu Railway (紀州鉄道? Kishū Tetsudō), as the company's main business is managing real estate and hotels. The current Tokyo-based hotel company, previously not a railway operator, took over the line in 1973 in order to gain the prestige of being a railway company. Despite its name meaning the railway of the entire Kii Province (Kishū, the current Wakayama), the railway is the second shortest passenger line in Japan, the shortest being the Shibayama Railway. Kitetsu (紀鉄?) is the abbreviation of the company's name.
Additional basic data
The Gobō Rinkō Railway (御坊臨港鉄道? Gobō Rinkō Tetsudō, "Gobō Portside Railway") opened the 1.8 km section from Gobō to Kii-Gobō section on 15 June 1931, extended 0.9 km to Nishi-Gobō on 10 April 1932, and to Hidakagawa on 10 August 1934.
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