Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line
|Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line|
A 9640 series car on the Asa Line, May 2010
|Other name(s)||Gomen-Nahari Line|
|Opened||1 July 2002|
|Owner||Tosa Kuroshio Railway|
|Line length||42.7 km (26.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (70 mph)|
The Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line (土佐くろしお鉄道阿佐線 Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa-sen?) is a 42.7 km Japanese railway line operated by the third-sector railway operator Tosa Kuroshio Railway. It connects Gomen Station in the city of Nankoku with Nahari Station in the city of Nahari in Kōchi Prefecture. The line is also commonly known as the Gomen-Nahari Line (ごめん・なはり線?).
Limited-stop "Rapid" services and some all-stations "Local" services inter-run over the JR Shikoku Dosan Line to and from Kochi Station. Trains are formed of single or two-car diesel multiple units.
|GN40||Gomen||後免||0.0||●||Dosan Line||Nankoku||Kōchi Prefecture|
|GN39||Gomenmachi||後免町||1.1||●||Tosaden Kōtsū Gomen Line|
A fleet of 11 9640 series ("9640" can be read as "Kuroshio" in Japanese) stainless steel-bodied diesel multiple unit cars are used on the line, including two cars, 9640-1S and 9640-2S with rounded front ends in a whale motif and an open observation balcony on one side.
The Tosa Kuroshio Railway was established on 8 May 1986 for the purpose of resuming construction of the Sukumo and Asa lines, which had been planned by JNR but abandoned. The company acquired a license to operate the Asa Line in January 1988, and commenced construction of the line, which opened on 1 July 2002.
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