Manpo Line

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Manpo Line
Native name 만포선(滿浦線)
Type Heavy rail, Regional rail
Locale South P'yŏngan
North P'yŏngan
Termini Sunch'ŏn
Manpo Ch'ŏngnyŏn
Stations 44
Opened Stages between 1918 - 1939
Owner Korean State Railway
Operator(s) Korean State Railway
Line length 299.8 km (186.3 mi)
Number of tracks Single track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Minimum radius 300 m (980 ft)
Electrification 3000 V DC Catenary
Maximum incline 24.5‰
Route map

DPRK-Manpo Line.png

P'yŏngra Line
0.0 Sunch'ŏn
Sunch'ŏn Calcium Cyanamide Factory
P'yŏngra Line
10.9 Chungp'yŏng
17.7 Kag'am
January 18 Machinery Complex
22.1 Ryongwŏlli(mine)
Lake Yŏnp'ung
Taegak(uranium mine)
Taegak Branch
32.6 Ch'ŏndong
Churŏng River
22.1 Choyang T'an'gwang(coal mine)
Sŏkkan(coal mine)
Chunam River
Kaech'ŏn Line
Choyang Colliery Branch
38.9 Kaech'ŏn
Chunhyŏk Branch
46.9 Wŏlli
Pongch'ŏn Colliery Branch
49.9 Pongch'ŏn
2.0 Pongch'ŏn T'an'gwang(coal mine)
4.2 Chŏnjin(coal mine)
Chŏnjin Branch
54.0 Chajak
58.3 Ramjŏn
underground facility
7.4 Ryong'am(coal mine)
Ryong'am Branch
Kujang Cement Complex
63.0 Kujang Ch'ŏngnyŏn
P'yŏngdŏk Line
Ch'ŏngnyŏn P'alwŏn Line
68.5 Ŏryong
Ryongmun Branch
7.1 Ryongmun T'an'gwang(coal mine)
71.5 Sinhŭngdong
81.1 Puksinhyŏn
Unsan Line Closed
Myohyangsan elite station
90.1 Myohyangsan
103.0 Pusŏng
Ch'ŏngch'ŏn River
109.8 Hŭich'ŏn Ch'ŏngnyŏn
Hŭich'ŏn Consumer Goods Factory
Chup'yŏng Branch
122.9 Ch'osang
Hŭich'ŏn River
129.3 Tongsin
140.0 Kaego Ch'ŏngnyŏn
Ryŏnmok Closed
156.6 Chinp'yŏng
167.3 Koin(turntable)
174.2 Riman
Ulli Closed
189.5 Unsong
Unsong Colliery
Changja River
195.1 Chŏnch'ŏn(Chŏnch'ŏn Match Factory)
203.1 Hwaam
Changja River
Changja River
212.5 Ssangbangdong
217.4 Chungsŏnggan
221.5 Sŏnggan
Changja River
230.5 Sinch'ŏng
Puji Closed
243.9 Kongin
lumber mill
Kanggye Line
250.6 Kanggye(Kanggye Wood Processing Factory)
Kanggye elite station & underground facility
260.9 Kokha
269.8 Ssangbu
276.9 Anch'an
Changja River
286.0 Sijung
291.9 Kŏnha
Pukpu Line
299.8 Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn
China - Yalu River - DPRK
Ji'an, China
Amrokkang Tire Factory
Manp'o Chemical Factory
6.5 Unha
Manpo Line
Hancha 滿
Revised Romanization Manposeon
McCune–Reischauer Manp'osŏn

The Manp'o Line is an electrified standard-gauge trunk line of the North Korean State Railway running from Sunch'ŏn on the P'yŏngra Line to Manp'o on the Pukpu Line. The line continues on from Manp'o to Ji'an, China.[1] The length of the line from Sunch'ŏn Station to Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn Station is 299.8 km (186.3 mi); it is another 3.6 km (2.2 mi) to the border, making the total length from Sunch'ŏn to the border 303.4 km (188.5 mi).[2] It also connects to the Kaech'ŏn, P'yŏngdŏk, Ch'ŏngnyŏn P'alwŏn, Unsan and Kanggye lines. Not including Sunch'ŏn, there are 44 stations on the line; the average distance between stations is 6.8 km (4.2 mi).

The Manp'o Line runs in the northwestern part of Korea along the banks of the Ch'ŏngch'ŏn and Changja rivers. It is an important trunk line connecting ten cities, counties and districts in South P'yŏngan, North P'yŏngan and Chagang provinces. This connection is particularly important to the economies of North P'yŏngan and Chagang provinces; a great deal of coal is moved from mines along the Manp'o Line to various power plants and factories in the country.[2]

With the exception of Sunch'ŏn station, which is administered by the P'yŏngyang Railway Bureau, the entirety of the Manp'o line from Chungp'yŏng to Manp'o is under the jurisdiction of the Kaech'ŏn Railway Bureau.[2]

Due to the terrain it traverses, the Manp'o Line has a large number of tunnels, bridges and fills. The ruling grade is 24.5‰ and the minimum curve radius is 300 m (980 ft). There are 180 bridges totalling 7,563 m (24,813 ft) in length, and 53 tunnels totalling 18,306 m (60,059 ft) in length. 125 km (78 mi) of the line - 41% of the total length - is laid with heavy rail, and 5% of the line is laid on concrete sleepers.[2]


The Kaech'ŏn–Ch'ŏndong section was originally a 762 mm narrow-gauge line opened in 1918 by the Kaech'ŏn Light Railway. This section was bought by the Chosen Government Railway and was converted to standard gauge, the reconstruction being completed on 15 July 1933, whose length was changed to 6.3 km.[3]

The CGR continued executing the plan of the construction of the main line and the line was extended between 1932 and 1939 as follows:

Date Section Length
1 November 1932 Sunch'ŏn–Ch'ŏndong 32.6 km
15 October 1933 Kaech'ŏn–Kujang 24.1 km
1 November 1934 Kujang–Hŭich'ŏn 46.8 km
1 October 1935 Hŭich'ŏn–Kaegu 30.2 km
1 December 1936 Kaegu–Chŏnch'ŏn (Hwaam) 63.1 km
1 December 1937 Chŏnch'ŏn (Hwaam)–Kanggye 47.5 km
1 February 1939 Kanggye–Manp'o 49.3 km

The Ji'an Yalu River Border Railway Bridge was completed on 31 July 1939, connecting the Manp'o line to the South Manchuria Railway's line from Ji'an to Siping.

In 1948, the electrification of the section from Kaegu to Koin was completed, but this was subsequently destroyed during the Korean War. The electrification of the line began in 1975 with the completion of the section from Hŭich'ŏn to Koin, followed by the Kaech'ŏn - Hŭich'ŏn section in 1979; the remaining sections, from Koin to Manp'o and from Kaech'ŏn to Sunch'ŏn, were completed in 1980.[2]



Freight trains serve the major industries along the line, such as textiles in Kanggye and rubber and cement plants in Manp'o. Coal and forest products are also important commodities shipped on this line. The line is also an important artery for freight traffic to and from China. Due to the large amount of coal shipped on the line, freight traffic towards Sunch'ŏn is three times greater than the amount of freight moved from Sunch'ŏn towards Manp'o.[2]

Most of the coal traffic from Kujang towards Sunch'ŏn supplies Chagang Province with fuel; in the other direction, from Kujang towards Manp'o, coal shipped on the line is for local use for heating, and for large factories at Ch'agap'yŏng and Mun'ak on the Pukpu Line. 58% of all freight traffic between Kanggye and Manp'o is wood.[2]

In terms of freight traffic, Kaech'ŏn and Kujang are the most important stations on the line. Kaech'ŏn is the starting point of the Kaech'ŏn Line, which connects the Manp'o line to the P'yŏngŭi Line at Sinanju,[1] and of a branch to the large colliery at Choyang. Other important coal mines in the area are at Ramjŏn, Pongch'ŏn Colliery and at Kaech'ŏn; this area accounts for 20% of the DPRK's anthracite production.[2] Kujang, which is the point where the Manp'o Line connects to the P'yŏngdŏk and Ch'ŏngnyŏn P'alwŏn lines, is the location of a major cement factory that supplies much of North P'yŏngan province; cement is the major outbound commodity originating at Kujang.[2]

Hŭich'ŏn, Chŏnch'ŏn and Kanggye are major loading points for freight from areas not served by rail. Hŭich'ŏn station is where freight from Tongsin county is transferred to trains, Kanggye station for freight from Usi, Chosan, Wiwŏn, Hwap'yŏng and Changgang counties, and Chŏnch'ŏn for freight from Kopung and Ryongrim counties.[2]


The following passenger trains are known to operate on this line and its branches:[1]

  • Express trains 15-16/17-18, operating between Haeju Ch'ŏngnyon and Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn, run on this line between Sunch'ŏn and Manp'o;
  • Express trains 19/20, operating between P'yŏngyang and Hŭich'ŏn Ch'ŏngnyŏn, run on this line between Sunch'ŏn and Hŭich'ŏn;
  • Semi-express trains 124-125/126-127, operating between Sinŭiju Ch'ŏngnyŏn and Ch'ongjin Ch'ŏngnyŏn, run on this line between Kaech'ŏn and Sunch'ŏn;
  • Semi-express trains 134-135/136-137, operating between Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn and Hamhŭng, run on this line between Manp'o and Sunch'ŏn;
  • Semi-express trains 138-139/140-141, operating between Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn and Changyŏn, run on this line between Manp'o and Kujang;
  • Long-distance stopping trains 250/251, operating between Sinŭiju Ch'ŏngnyŏn and Hŭich'ŏn Ch'ŏngnyŏn, run on this line between Kaech'ŏn and Hŭich'ŏn.

An international passenger service from Manp'o to Ji'an exists in the form of a single passenger car attached to the daily cross-border freight train. This train is not open to use by foreigners other than ethnic Koreans from China.

Commuter trains also operate on this line between Sunch'ŏn and Kaech'ŏn (four pairs), Kanggye and Chungsŏng (five pairs), Hŭich'ŏn Ch'ŏngnyŏn and Koin (two pairs) and Hŭich'ŏn Ch'ŏngnyŏn and Kaegu Ch'ŏngnyŏn (one pair). These trains are intended to serve local workers, and stop at all stations.[2]


A yellow background in the "Distance" box indicates that section of the line is not electrified.

Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Sunch'ŏn 순천 P'yŏngra Line
10.9 Chungp'yŏng 중평
17.7 Kag'am 각암
22.1 Ryongwŏl-li 룡원리
32.6 Ch'ŏndong 천동 Taegak Branch
38.9 Kaech'ŏn 개천 Kaech'ŏn Line, Choyang Colliery Branch
46.9 Wŏlli 원리
49.9 Pongch'ŏn 봉천 Pongch'ŏn Colliery Branch
54.0 Chajak 자작 Chŏnjin Branch
58.3 Ramjŏn 람전
63.0 Kujang Ch'ŏngnyŏn 구장청년 P'yŏngdŏk Line, Ch'ŏngnyŏn P'alwŏn Line, Ryong'am Branch
68.5 Ŏryong 어룡 Ryongmun Branch
71.5 Sinhŭngdong 신흥동
81.1 Puksinhyŏn 북신현 Unsan Line
90.1 Myohyangsan 묘향산 Branch to governmental station
103.0 Pusŏng 부성
109.8 Hŭich'ŏn Ch'ŏngnyŏn 희천청년
114.7 Ch'ŏnha 천하
122.9 Ch'osang 초상
129.3 Tongsin 동신
140.0 Kaego Ch'ŏngnyŏn 개고청년
156.6 Chinp'yŏng 진평
167.3 Koin 고인
174.2 Riman 리만
Ulli 운리
189.5 Unsong 운송
195.1 Chŏnch'on 전천
203.1 Hwaam 화암
212.5 Ssangbangdong 쌍방동
217.4 Chungsŏnggan 중성간
221.5 Sŏnggan 성간
230.5 Sinch'ŏng 신청리
243.9 Kongin 공인
250.6 Kanggye 강계 Kanggye Line
260.9 Kokha 곡하
269.8 Ssangbu 쌍부
276.9 Anch'an 안찬
286.0 Sijung 시중
291.9 Kŏnha 건하
299.8 Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn 만포청년 Pukpu Line, Unha Branch

Taegak Branch[edit]


Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
Ch'ŏndong 천동 Manp'o Line
Taegak 대각

Choyang Colliery Branch[edit]


Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Kaech'ŏn 개천 Kaech'ŏn Line, Manp'o Line
Kuŭp 구읍
Sŏkkan 석간
22.1 Choyang T'an'gwang 조양탄광

Pongch'ŏn Colliery Branch[edit]

Not electrified.

Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Pongch'ŏn 봉천 Manp'o Line
2.0 Pongch'ŏn T'an'gwang 봉천탄광

Chŏnjin Branch[edit]


Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
Chajak 자작 Manp'o Line
4.2 Chŏnjin 정진

Ryong'am Branch[edit]

The branch from Kujang to Ryongdŭng, later renamed Ryong'am, was opened by the Chosen Government Railway on 1 April 1934. Dongryonggul Station, 2.6 km (1.6 mi) from Kujang, was closed on 15 June 1944. The branch was electrified by 1980.

Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Kujang Ch'ŏngnyŏn 구장 청년 P'yŏngdŏk Line, Ch'ŏngnyŏn P'alwŏn Line, Manp'o Line
7.4 Ryong'am 용암

Ryongmun Branch[edit]

The branch from Ŏryong to Ryongmun Colliery was opened by the Chosen Government Railway on 1 September 1941.[4] Electrification of the branch was completed by 1980.

Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Ŏryong 어룡 Manp'o Line
7.1 Ryongmun T'an'gwang (Coal Mine) 룡문탄광

Unha Branch[edit]


Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn 만포청년 Pukpu Line, Manp'o Line
Kuo 구오
6.5 Unha 운하


  1. ^ a b c Kokubu, Hayato, 将軍様の鉄道 (Shōgun-sama no Tetsudō), ISBN 978-4-10-303731-6
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k
  3. ^ 朝鮮総督府官報 (The Public Journal of the Governor-General of Korea), Shōwa No. 1947, 7 July 1933 (in Japanese)
  4. ^ 朝鮮總督府官報 (The Public Journal of the Governor-General of Korea), Shōwa No. 4378, 26 August 1941
  • 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 497