Minamiaso Railway Takamori Line
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Tateno Bridge with a scenic view
|Locale||Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan|
|Line length||17.7 km (11.0 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Takamori Line (高森線? Takamori-sen) is Japanese railway line in Kumamoto Prefecture, between Tateno Station, Minamiaso, and Takamori Station, Takamori. This is the only railway line Minamiaso Railway (南阿蘇鉄道? Minamiaso Tetsudō, "South Aso Railway") operates. As the company name suggests, the line traverses the south part of Mount Aso caldera. The line has two stations with very long names, namely Minamiaso Mizu-no-Umareru-Sato Hakusui-Kōgen Station and Aso-Shimodajō-Fureai-Onsen Station, the former being the longest in Japan.
- Double-track line: None
- Electric supply: Not electrified
- Railway signalling: Simplified automatic
- Stations with passing loops: 1 (Nakamatsu Station)
The entire line was opened by the then Japanese Government Railways in 1928.
After the Takachiho line opened in 1972, construction of the 23 km section to Takamori continued until 1975, when flooding in the 6,500 m Takamori tunnel (7 km north of Takamori) resulted in work being suspended. Construction was formally abandoned in 1980.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
- Official website (in Japanese)