Rikuu East Line
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|Rikuu East Line|
A Rikuu East Line diesel train
|Locale||Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures, Japan|
|Line length||94.1 km (58.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Rikuu East Line (陸羽東線 Rikuu-tō-sen?) is a rail line in Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Kogota Station in Misato, Miyagi Prefecture to Shinjō Station in Shinjō, Yamagata Prefecture, acting as a connector between the Tōhoku Main Line, Ōu Main Line, and Tōhoku Shinkansen in the southern Tōhoku region, and provides access to north-western Miyagi Prefecture and north-eastern Yamagata Prefecture. It connects with the Ishinomaki Line and Tōhoku Main Line in Misato, the Tōhoku Shinkansen in Ōsaki, and the Ōu Main Line and Yamagata Shinkansen in Shinjō. Its name refers to the ancient provinces of Mutsu (陸奥) and Dewa (出羽) (or alternatively, the Meiji period provinces of Rikuzen (陸前) and Uzen (羽前)), which the line connects.
The Kogata - Naruko-Onsen section was opened in stages between 1913 and 1915, with the Shinjo - Naruko-Onsen section opened in stages between 1915 and 1917.
CTC signalling was commissioned in 1983, and freight services ceased in 1987.
Former connecting lines
- Nishi-Furukawa station - A 762mm (2'6") gauge line ultimately extending 44km to Tori-Machi, and connecting to the Senzen Line at Toshogu station, was opened by the Sendai City Council between 1922 and 1929. It closed in sections between 1937 and 1960.
|Kogota||小牛田||0.0||Tōhoku Main Line, Ishinomaki Line||Misato||Miyagi Prefecture|
|Shinjō||新庄||94.1||Yamagata Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line, Rikuu West Line|
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