Kyūdai Main Line

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Kyūdai Main Line
KiHa 58 DMU between Yufuin and Minami-Yufu

The Kyūdai Main Line (久大本線 Kyūdai-honsen?) is a railway line in Kyushu, Japan, operated by the Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu). It connects Kurume Station, Kurume in Fukuoka Prefecture and Ōita Station, Ōita in Ōita Prefecture. It is also known as the Yufu Kōgen Line.

The line crosses the whole of Kyushu, approximately paralleling the Chikugo River and its tributary the Kusu River near Kurume, and along the Ōita River close to Ōita. It also traverses popular tourist resorts such as Hita (known as Little Kyoto) and spa resorts around Yufu.

Line data[edit]

  • Operator: JR Kyushu
  • Distance: 141.5 km
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Stations: 36
  • Multiple track section: None
  • Electrification: None
  • Railway signalling: Automatic
  • Maximum service speed: 95 km/h (60 mph)

Stations[edit]

Station Distance
(km)
Transfers Location
Kurume 0.0 Kagoshima Main Line, Kyushu Shinkansen Kurume Fukuoka
Kurume-Kōkōmae 3.4  
Minami-Kurume 4.9  
Kurume Daigaku-mae 6.8  
Mii 8.0  
Zendōji 12.6  
Chikugo Kusano 15.7  
Tanushimaru 20.8  
Chikugo Yoshii 26.4   Ukiha
Ukiha 30.0  
Chikugo Ōishi 33.0  
Yoake 39.1 Hitahikosan Line Hita Ōita
Teruoka 45.2  
Hita 47.6  
Bungo Miyoshi 49.4  
Bungo Nakagawa 55.3  
Amagase 59.5  
Sugikawachi 63.6   Kusu
Kita Yamada 67.8  
Bungo Mori 73.2  
Era 77.3   Kokonoe
Hikiji 80.7  
Bungo Nakamura 83.1  
Noya 88.2  
Yufuin 99.1   Yufu
Minami Yufu 102.5  
Yunohira 109.6  
Shōnai 114.5  
Tenjinyama 118.1  
Onoya 119.6  
Onigase 124.6  
Mukainoharu 127.7  
Bungo Kokubu 131.7   Ōita
Kaku 133.9  
Minami Ōita 136.6  
Furugō 138.9  
Ōita 141.5 Nippō Main Line, Hōhi Main Line

History[edit]

In 1915, the Oyu Railway Co. opened the 22 km Oita - Onoya section. The company was nationalised in 1922, and westerly extensions were undertaken in stages from 1923 until Amagase was reached in 1933. The Kurume - Chikugoyoshi opened in 1928, and easterly extensions to Amagase opened between 1931 and 1934.

CTC signalling was commissioned over the entire line in 1984, and freight services ceased in 1987.

In 2012, a landslide disrupted services for 6 weeks.

Previous connecting/transfer lines[edit]

Higo-oguni station, ~1962
  • Era Station: the 27 km Miyanoharu Line to Higo-oguni opened between 1937 and 1954. Freight services ceased in 1971, and the line closed on 1 December 1984.
  • Kurume Station: the 46 km 3 ft (914 mm) gauge Chigoku Line to Mameda opened between 1904 and 1916, and was electrified at 600 V DC in 1919. It had three short branch lines (1 to 4 km long). The entire system closed in 1929.

References[edit]

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