Mugunghwa-ho

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Mugunghwa-ho
Chungbuk Line Mugunghwa Train.jpg
Chungbuk Line Mugunghwa-ho train.
Overview
Service typeRegional rail
StatusOperating
LocaleSouth Korea
First serviceJanuary 1, 1984
Current operator(s)Korail
Route
Distance travelledUp to 8 hours
On-board services
Seating arrangementsEconomy Class (2+2)
Catering facilitiesMinicafe Vending Machine (on some trains only)[1]
Technical
Rolling stockVarious carriage configurations including regular cars built between 1998 and 2004, downgraded ex. Saemaeul-ho cars and RDC DMU's
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Mugunghwa-ho
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMugunghwaho
McCune–ReischauerMugunghwaho

The Mugunghwa-ho is a class of train operated by Korail, main railway operator of South Korea. Mugunghwa trains are Korail's slowest tier of trains stopping at a number of towns and villages, and operating over a number of lines that are not served by other trains. Journey times are generally well over double that of KTX trains and 25% longer than express trains[2]. In 1980, new express train, named 우등 (Udeung, literally meaning Premium), was introduced. Soon it was renamed as Mugunghwa-ho, which was a name of an express train operated in the 1960s. Since train classes below Mugunghwa had been retired, thus Mugunghwa trains are now the cheapest class of trains to operate cross-country. Along rural lines such as the Gyeongbuk Line, they remain the only class of passenger train operating. They (and in some cases the Tonggeun) are the only trains to stop at many stations not served by Saemaeul-ho or KTX trains. Mugunghwa are built to accommodate large numbers of standing passengers, and frequently have many more standees than sitting passengers.

The Mugunghwa-ho takes its name from the hibiscus syriacus, the national flower of South Korea.

Carriages and Equipment[edit]

  • Passenger Car: Due to the number of services operating a variety of carriages are used on Mugunghwa-ho trains, including:
    • Long-length Mugunghwa-ho Passenger carriages
    • Streamlined Mugunghwa-ho Passenger carriages
    • Ex. Saemaeul-ho carriages
    • Some Mugunghwa-ho trains contain old cafe cars which have been refurbished as subway style high-density non-reserved carriages [3]
  • Multiple Units
    • Refurbished Diesel Car (RDC): Former Commuter Diesel Car (CDC)
    • New Diesel Car (Retired in 2010)
    • Diesel Excellent Car (Retired in 2001)

Accidents[edit]

  • On March 28, 1993, a Mugunghwa-ho train in the vicinity of Gupo Station in Busan rolled over due to land depression under a section of track caused by nearby construction. Seventy-eight people were killed and another 198 injured, making it the worst rail accident in South Korea.
  • On April 22, 2016, a Mugunghwa-ho 9-car train which departed Yongsan Station at around 10:45 p.m, and headed for Yeosu Expo Station on the Jeolla Line, was derailed at 3:41 a.m on a curved track intersection while approaching Yulchon Station. 5 out of 9 cars were derailed, and 2 toppled down, damaging parts of the railway electrification system. The engine car toppled away from the tracks, one engine driver was killed, 7 passengers were injured and a secondary engine driver was injured. 23 people were known to be onboard the train. Upon derailment, it is known that the train crashed into an unknown object. According to Korail engineers, the locomotive was operating at 127 km/h on the curved railway intersection. As the train was approaching a platform, it was designated to operate under 50 km/h when approaching stations. After further analysis on the train's data and voice recorders, the accident seemed to be occurred by the engine driver. Legal measures are to be taken on the two engine drivers. The remaining four cars were moved away from the tracks, and the destroyed rail electrification pylons were recovered in 25 hours.[4]

Services[edit]

Since retirements of Tongil-ho and Bidulgi-ho, some of those trains are upgraded to Mugunghwa-ho trains, although they rather stop more stations. Although some of stations are closed from the retirements, stops of Mugunghwa-ho are varies for each train. List below are lines with regular Mugunghwa-ho trains:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mugunghwa-ho | South Korean Regional Trains | Reviews, Photos & More". trainreview.com. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  2. ^ "Mugunghwa-ho | South Korean Regional Trains | Reviews, Photos & More". trainreview.com. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  3. ^ "Mugunghwa-ho | South Korean Regional Trains | Reviews, Photos & More". trainreview.com. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  4. ^ Jung, Woo Young. "Mugungwaha train derailed". Kukje Newspaper Korea. Kuje Newspaper. Retrieved 24 April 2016.