|Type||Heavy rail, Regional rail|
|Opened||Stages between 1934–1944|
|Owner|| Chosen Government Railway (1934–1945)|
Korean State Railway (since 1945)
|Line length||191.7 km (119.1 mi)|
|Number of tracks||Single track|
|Track gauge|| 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) (Paegam–Taet'aek)|
762 mm (2 ft 6 in)
|Electrification||1500 V DC Catenary |
(Taet'aek–Kulsong, formerly to Yugok)
The Paengmu Line is a partially electrified narrow gauge line of the Korean State Railway running from Paeg'am on the Paektusan Ch'ŏngnyŏn Line to Musan on the Musan Line, in the Ryanggang and North Hamgyŏng provinces of North Korea.
The Korean State Railway is the operating arm of the Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and has its headquarters at P'yŏngyang. The current Minister of Railways is Jang Hyuk, who has held the position since 2015.
Paegam Ch'ŏngnyŏn Station is a railway station in Paegam-ŭp, Paegam county, Ryanggang province, North Korea, on the Paektusan Ch'ŏngnyŏn Line of the Korean State Railway. The narrow-gauge Paengmu Line connects to the standard-gauge network here.
The Paektusan Ch'ŏngnyŏn Line is an electrified standard-gauge secondary mainline of the Korean State Railway running from Kilju on the P'yŏngra Line to Hyesan on the Pukpu Line; it connects to the narrow gauge Paengmu Line at Paeg'am Ch'ŏngnyŏn Station, and to the Samjiyŏn Line at Wiyŏn Station.
The electrified section originally ran 111 km (69 mi) from Paeg'am Ch'ŏngnyŏn station to Yugok, whence the remaining 80.7 km (50.1 mi) to the terminus at Musan remained unelectrified. Since the closure of part of the line due to the construction of a reservoir, the line has been split into two disconnected sections, the electrified Paeg'am—Kulsong and the non-electrified Ch'ŏnsu—Musan sections. A new standard gauge section from Paeg'am to Taet'aek, roughly paralleling the narrow-gauge line, was built in 2013.
In 1927, the Government-General of Korea formulated a "12-Year Plan for Railways in Chosen", under which the railway network of the Korean Peninsula was to be greatly expanded.Although not part of that 12-year plan, it was decided to build the Paengmu Line for the transport of forest products and to aid in the development of the area. Construction was started at Paeg'am' by the Chosen Government Railway on 16 November 1932, and the first section, from Paeg'am to San'yangdae, was opened in September 1934. The line was extended to Yŏn'am in September of the following year and to Yup'yŏngdong in October 1936. Service on the Yup'yŏngdong—Yŏnsa section began in October 1939, but the final section to Musan, connecting the line to the Musan Line, was completed only in December 1944.
The Governor-General of Chosen was the chief administrator of the Japanese colonial government in Korea from 1910 to 1945.
The Chosen Government Railway was a state-owned railway company in Korea under Japanese rule. It was a department of the Railway Bureau of the Government-General of Korea, whose functions were the management and operation of railways in Korea, as well as the supervision of privately owned railway companies.
The Musan Line is an electrified standard-gauge secondary trunk line of the Korean State Railway in Musan and Puryŏng counties, North Hamgyŏng Province, North Korea, running from Komusan on the Hambuk Line to Musan, where it connects to the narrow-gauge Paengmu Line. The section from Komusan to Sinch'am is double tracked.
The names of several stations were changed over the years following the establishment of the DPRK, with Paeg'am Station becoming Paeg'am Ch'ŏngnyŏn Station, Hambuk Sinjang Station becoming Sinjang Station (this station was subsequently closed), Hambuk Mun'am Station becoming Tuam Station, and Sinyang Station becoming Samyu Station. Electrification of the section from Paeg'am to Yugok was completed in August 1991.
In August 1980, Kim Il-sung ordered the construction of a new, northern east-west transversal line to run from Manp'o on the Manp'o Line to Hoeryŏng on the Hambuk Line.The Pukpu Line, as the planned line was called (북부, pukpu, means "northern"), was to have been built in three stages: Manp'o to Hyesan, Hyesan to Musan, and Musan to Hoeryŏng; to save on labour and expenditures, the new line was to make use of existing rail lines where possible - the Hŭngam–Musan section of the Paengmu Line was to have been regauged. However, this plan was only partially realised before it was abandoned in the 1990s. The plans were revived again in the mid-2000s, and work began on the second stage, in the form of the shortening and regauging of the Samjiyŏn Line from Hyesan to Motka. Work stopped and started several times, until finally work on the Hyesan–Motka section was completed in April 2017, but the plans to continue construction of the line to Musan are not currently being pursued.
Kim Il-sung was the first leader of North Korea which he ruled from the country's establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Premier from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1994. He was also the leader of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) from 1949 to 1994. Coming to power after the end of Japanese rule in 1945, he authorized the invasion of South Korea in 1950, triggering an intervention in defense of South Korea by the United Nations led by the United States. Following the military stalemate in the Korean War, a ceasefire was signed on 27 July 1953. He was the third longest-serving non-royal head of state/government in the 20th century, in office for more than 45 years.
Manp'o Ch'ŏngnyŏn Station is a railway station in Manp'o municipal city, Chagang Province, North Korea, on the Manp'o Line of the Korean State Railway; it is also the starting point of the Pukpu Line to Hyesan and of the Unha Line to Unha.
The Manp'o Line is an electrified standard-gauge trunk line of the North Korean State Railway running from Sunch'ŏn on the P'yŏngra Line to Manp'o on the Pukpu Line. The line continues on from Manp'o to Ji'an, China.
Construction of the reservoir of the Paektusan Sŏngun Youth Power Station led to the flooding of part of the line,resulting in the closure of the section between Ch'ŏnsu and Kulsong; since the closure, the line is electrified only between Paeg'am and Kulsong.
Construction of the line took place as follows:
|1 September 1934||Paeg'am–Sanyangdae||33.8 km (21.0 mi)|
|1 September 1935||Sanyangdae–Yŏn'am||22.1 km (13.7 mi)|
|16 October 1936||Yŏn'am-Yup'yŏngdong||44.6 km (27.7 mi)|
|1 October 1939||Yup'yŏngdong–Yŏnsa||36.3 km (22.6 mi)|
|1 December 1944||Yŏnsa–Musan||54.9 km (34.1 mi)|
An orange background in the "Distance" box indicates that section of the line is not electrified narrow-gauge; a pink background indicates that section is electrified narrow gauge. The Paegam—Taet'aek section is electrified standard gauge.
|Distance (km)||Station Name||Former Name|
|Total||S2S||Transcribed||Chosŏn'gŭl (Hanja)||Transcribed||Chosŏn'gŭl (Hanja)||Connections|
|0.0||0.0||Paeg'am Ch'ŏngnyŏn||백암청년 (白岩青年)||Paeg'am||백암 (白岩)||Paektusan Ch'ŏngnyŏn Line|
Flooded by reservoir of
Paektusan Sŏngun Youth Power Station
Flooded by reservoir of
Paektusan Sŏngun Youth Power Station
|77.4||8.8||Ch'ŏnsu||천수 (天水)||No longer electrified.|
|86.0||8.6||Hahwangt'o||하황토 (下黄土)||No longer electrified.|
|상경평 (上境坪)||No longer electrified.|
No longer electrified.
No longer electrified.
|111.0||10.5||Yugok||유곡 (楡谷)||No longer electrified.|
|126.9||9.5||Samyu||삼유 (-)||Sinyang||신양 (新陽)|
|143.4||6.6||Hambuk Sinjang||함북신장 (咸北新長)||Closed.|
|158.4||8.3||Tuam||두암 (두岩)||Hambuk Mun'am||함북문암 (咸北文岩)|
|186.0||4.8||Tokso||독소 (篤所)||Flag stop.|
|191.7||5.7||Musan||무산 (茂山)||Musan Line|
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