A Maizuru limited express services at Higashi-Maizuru Station in July 2005
|Line length||26.4 km (16.4 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead wire|
The Maizuru Line (舞鶴線 Maizuru-sen?) is a 26.4 km (16.4 mi) railway line in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It connects Ayabe and Higashi-Maizuru, the line beyond there being called the Obama Line connecting to Tsuruga.
- Local trains stop at every station and rapid ones at the stations merked "S".
|Ayabe||綾部||0.0||S||Sanin Main Line||Ayabe||Kyoto Prefecture|
|Nishi-Maizuru||西舞鶴||19.5||S||Kyoto Tango Railway Miyamai Line|
The line opened in the autumn of 1904 to transport troops and materiel to the naval base and Maizuru-Higashi Port during the Russo-Japanese War, which commenced in February of that year. Although built by the Japanese Government, it was initially leased to the Bantsuru Railway Co, which opened the Ayabe - Fukuchiyama section of what is now the Sanin Main Line the same year.
The company was nationalised in 1907, the year the 2 km Maizurukō Line (舞鶴港線?) from Nishi-Maizuru to Maizuru Port opened. Passenger services operated on that branch between 1913 and 1924, and it closed in 1985.
The line was electrified in 1999.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- 帰ろう 私たちの故郷へ ＪＲ舞鶴線 [JR Maizuru Line - Returning to our hometown]. The Asahi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). Japan: The Asahi Digital Company. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2012.