Mine Line

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The Mine Line(美祢線,Mine-sen) is a railway line owned and operated by the West Japan Railway Company. It connects San'yō-Onoda to Nagato, both in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

West Japan Railway Company Japanese railway company

West Japan Railway Company, also referred to as JR-West, is one of the Japan Railways Group companies and operates in western Honshu. It has its headquarters in Kita-ku, Osaka.

Nagato, Yamaguchi City in Chūgoku, Japan

Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on March 31, 1954.

Yamaguchi Prefecture Prefecture of Japan

Yamaguchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Chūgoku region of the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Yamaguchi, in the center of the prefecture. The largest city, however, is Shimonoseki.

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History

The Sanyo Railway Company opened the Asa to Minami-Omine section in 1905 to haul coal. The company was nationalised in 1906, and the Japanese Government Railway (JGR) extended the line to Mine in 1909.

The Mine Light Railway Company opened the Mine to Shigeyasu section in 1916. That company was nationalised in 1920, and the JGR opened the section to Ofuku the same year. The line was extended to Nagato in 1924, completing the line.

Freight services ceased in 1984, except for limestone haulage from Shigeyasu, which ceased in 2009.

All services were suspended after heavy rainstorm flooding in July 2010. Despite estimates that repairs would take up to three years to complete, the Mine Line was restored to full service on 26 September 2011, in time for the 66th National Sports Festival, "Oidemase Yamaguchi Kokutai," which began in October 2011.

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Railway signalling the principle of signals used to control railway traffic

Railway signalling is a system used to direct railway traffic and keep trains clear of each other at all times. Trains move on fixed rails, making them uniquely susceptible to collision. This susceptibility is exacerbated by the enormous weight and inertia of a train, which makes it difficult to quickly stop when encountering an obstacle. In the UK, the Regulation of Railways Act 1889 introduced a series of requirements on matters such as the implementation of interlocked block signalling and other safety measures as a direct result of the Armagh rail disaster in that year.

Stations

All stations are in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

NameDistance (km)ConnectionsLocation
Asa 厚狭 0.0 JR West: Sanyō Shinkansen, Sanyō Main Line San'yō-Onoda
Kamonoshō S.B. 鴨ノ庄信号 (2.0) 
Yunotō 湯ノ峠 4.2 
Atsu 厚保 10.2  Mine
Shirōgahara 四郎ヶ原 13.2 
Minami-Ōmine 南大嶺 16.9 
Mine 美祢 19.4 
Shigeyasu 重安 22.3 
Ofuku 於福 27.2 
Shibuki 渋木 37.1  Nagato
Nagatoyumoto 長門湯本 41.0 
Itamochi 板持 43.3 
Nagatoshi 長門市 46.0JR West San'in Main Line

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