Sohae Line

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Sŏhae Line
Other name(s) Anju Colliery Line
(안주 탄광성)
Native name 서해선(西海線)
Type Heavy rail, Passenger & freight rail
Regional rail
Status Operational
Locale South P'yŏngan
Termini Mundŏk
T'aehyang (Mainline)
Sŏsa (Ch'ŏngnam Branch)
Stations 16
Owner Korean State Railway
Operator(s) Korean State Railway
Number of tracks Single track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 3000 V DC Overhead line
Route map

DPRK-Sohae Line.png

P'yŏngŭi Line
Sŏngbŏp Branch Closed
0.0 Mundŏk
P'yŏngŭi Line
DPRK-Iran Friendship Ripsŏk Co-op Farm
Ch'ŏngnam(coal mine)
Namdong Branch
Ch'ŏngnam Branch Closed
Ripsŏk T'an'gwang(coal mine)
Ryongrim Closed
Ch'illi Closed
Wŏnhŭng Closed
P'yŏngnam Sŏho Closed
Ch'angdong Closed
Sŏsa(coal mine)
Hwap'ung Closed
22.4 Namdong Closed
P'yŏngnam Line
(Namdong Branch)
Sohae Line
Chosŏn'gŭl 서해선
Hancha 西
Revised Romanization Seohae-seon
McCune–Reischauer Sŏhae-sŏn

The Sŏhae Line, also known as the Anju Colliery Line (안주 탄광선), is a partially electrified standard-gauge secondary line of the North Korean State Railway running from Mundŏk on the P'yŏngŭi Line to Hwap'ung.[1] The line is electrified between Mundŏk and T'aehyang and between Ch'ŏngnam and Sŏsa.


The Korean State Railway built this line to exploit coal fields in the area, opening the MundŏkCh'ŏngnamNamdong line in the 1970s.[2] Electrification of the line to Namdong was completed in 1978, and in 1987 the Ch'ŏngnam—SŏsaHwap'ung and the RyongrimCh'illiWŏnhŭngCh'angdongSamch'ŏnp'o—Sŏsa lines were opened.[2] Most of the trackage was later abandoned, and at present only the Mundŏk—Ch'ŏngnam—T'aehyang and Ch'ŏngnam—Samch'ŏnp'o—Sŏsa sections remain.


Much of the coal that originates on the line is shipped to the Ch'ŏngch'ŏn River Thermal Power Plant at Ch'ŏnghwaryŏk on the Ryonghŭng Line.[3]


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 Mundŏk 문덕 P'yŏngŭi Line
Sŏngbŏp 성법
Ch'ŏngnam 청남 Namdong Branch, Ch'ŏngnam Branch
Ripsŏk T'an'gwang 립석 탄광
T'aehyang 태향
P'yŏngnam Sŏho 평남 서호 Closed
Sŏsa 서사 Ch'ŏngnam Branch
Hwap'ung 화풍 Closed

Namdong Branch[edit]

Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Ch'ŏngnam 청남 Sŏhae Line mainline, Ch'ŏngnam Branch
Samch'ŏnp'o 삼천포 Ch'ŏngnam Branch
22.4 Namdong 남동 Closed. P'yŏngnam Line (Namdong Branch)

Ch'ŏngnam Branch[edit]

Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
0.0 Ch'ŏngnam 청남 Sŏhae Line mainline, Ch'ŏngnam Branch
Ryongrim 룡림 Closed
Ch'illi 칠리 Closed
Wŏnhŭng 원흥 Closed
Ch'angdong 창동 Closed
Samch'ŏnp'o 삼천포 Namdong Branch, Samch'ŏnp'o Branch
Sŏsa 서사 Ch'ŏngnam Branch

Sŏngbŏp Branch[edit]


Distance Station Name (Transcribed) Station Name (Chosŏn'gŭl) Connections
Sŏngbŏp 성법 Sŏhae Line mainline
Taegyo 대교 P'yŏngŭi Line


  1. ^ Kokubu, Hayato, 将軍様の鉄道 (Shōgun-sama no Tetsudō), ISBN 978-4-10-303731-6
  2. ^ a b Choe, Un-sik, 한국의 전통 사회 운송 기구, ISBN 978-89-7300-728-8, pp. 114-115
  3. ^ North Korea Geographic Information: Transportation Geography - P'yŏngŭi Line (in Korean)