A JR West 105 series EMU on a local service, January 2010
|Line length||33.2 km (20.6 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead lines|
The Ube Line (宇部線, Ube-sen) is a railway line in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The line connects Shin-Yamaguchi Station in Yamaguchi and Ube Station in Ube.
All stations are in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Sanyō Main Line, Yamaguchi Line
|Ube||宇部||33.2||Sanyō Main Line|
The Ube Light Railway Co. opened the Ube - Ube-Shinkawa section in 1914, extending the line to Tokonami in 1923 and Ogori (now Shin-Yamaguchi) in 1925. The line was electrified at 1500 VDC in 1929.
In 1928 the Ube Electric Railway Co. opened a 1km line from Ube-Shinkawa to Ubeko, with a 2km branch to the Okinoyama coal mine, both electrified at 1500 VDC.
Both companies merged in 1941, becoming the Ube Railway Co. which was nationalised in 1943.
Passenger services to Ubeko ceased in 1952, and both branches closed in 1961.
CTC signalling was commissioned in 1983, and freight services ceased in 1999.
Wanman driver only operation commenced on the section between Ube-Shinkawa and Inō on 1 June 1990, using 105 and 123 series EMUs. The entire line was switched to driver only operation on 14 March 1992.
Former connecting lines
- Ube station - The Funaki Railway Co. opened a 6km 762mm gauge line in 1916. The line was converted to 1067mm gauge in 1922, and extended 12km to Kibe in 1926. The last 8km closed in 1944, and the balance of the line in 1961.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
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