Nishikigawa Seiryū Line
The Nishikigawa Seiryū Line (錦川清流線 Nishikigawa Seiryū-sen, "Nishiki River Limpid Stream Line") is a Japanese railway line connecting Kawanishi and Nishikichō stations, all within Iwakuni, Yamaguchi. As the name suggests, the line parallels the Nishiki River (Nishiki-gawa). This is the only railway line Nishikigawa Railway (錦川鉄道 Nishikigawa Tetsudō) operates. The third-sector company (in Japanese sense) took former West Japan Railway Company (JR West) line in 1987. The line was proposed to be extended to Nichihara, on the Yamaguchi Line, but was not completed (see History section below). The company also operates bus lines and a travel agency.
- Distance: 32.7 km (20.3 mi)
- Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
- Stations: 13
- Track: single
- Electric supply: not electrified
- Railway signalling:
- Kawanishi — Kita-Gōchi: Automatic
- Kita-Gōchi — Nishikichō: Simplified automatic
- All trains operate through to West Japan Railway Company (JR-West) Gantoku Line beyond Kawanishi to Iwakuni.
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The Gannichi Line (岩日線 Gannichi-sen) opened to Kawayama on 1 November 1960, operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR), and was extended to Nishikichō in 1963. Construction of the proposed extension to Nichihara on the Yamaguchi Line commenced in 1967, and about 50% of the roadbed had been completed when construction was abandoned in 1980.
The Nishikigawa Railway was established on 1 April 1987, renaming and taking over operations of the line from 25 July of the same year.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 167. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.
- Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. p. 176. ISBN 4533029809.
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