Flower Nagai Line
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|Flower Nagai Line|
A Flower Nagai Line train at Akayu terminal in December 2006
|Line length||30.5 km (19.0 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
In 2005, Yamagata Railway was in danger of having to shut down due to low patronage, leaving many residents, especially the young and old, without a mode of transportation from their farms. The only option available to the company was to try to attract more tourists to the scenic views. Lone train operator, Tatsuo Asakura, working without the knowledge of his superiors increased out-of-town passengers from 350 in 2005 to 7,000 in 2006, and in September 2008 had entertained more than 20,000 tourists with his uplifting guided tours, spoken in local dialect.
Eight single-car diesel multiple units were built by Niigata Transys in 1988 and 1990 for the Flower Nagai Line, using the Niigata Transys NDC model. Six units exist as of 2018. One unit, YR-881 has been scrapped in 2003, and YR-885 had been scrapped in 2015.
A snow blower car manufactured by Niigata Transys. One unit has been manufactured.
- October 26, 1913: Akayu - Ringō section opens
- November 15, 1914: Ringō - Nagai section opens
- December 11, 1922: Nagai - Ayukai section opens
- April 22, 1923: Ayukai - Arato segment opens
- November 15, 1954: Diesel multiple units replace steam engines on the line
- June 1, 1959: Miyauchi Station opens
- May 20, 1960: Minami-Nagai Station opens
- October 28, 1986: Government designates line for closure
- April 1, 1987: Line inherited by JR East following privatization of JNR
- October 10, 1988: Line transferred from JR East to Yamagata Railway Company
- December 15, 1989: Shirousagi Station opens
- October 23, 1997: Centralized traffic control (CTC) introduced
- June 9, 2002: Ayame-Kōen Station opens
- October 13, 2007: Shikinosato Station opens
All stations are located in Yamagata Prefecture.
|Akayu||赤湯||0.0||Yamagata Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line||Nan'yō|
|Nishi-Ōtsuka||西大塚||10.3||Kawanishi, Higashiokitama District|
|Koguwa||蚕桑||24.6||Shirataka, Nishiokitama District|
- Judit Kawaguchi (September 9, 2008). "Words to Live By - Tatsuo Asakura". The Japan Times Online.
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