The Chizu Express Company (智頭急行株式会社 Chizu kyūkō Kabushikigaisha) is a Japanese third-sector railway that connects Hyōgo, Okayama and Tottori prefectures. The Chizu Line is not electrified, but is a high-grade railroad, and extends a total of 56.1 kilometres. The limited expresses Super Hakuto and Super Inaba operate on this line.
|Founded||31 May 1986|
|Hyōgo, Okayama and Tottori prefectures|
Chizu Express Chizu LineEdit
|Chizu Express Chizu Line|
A Chizu Express HOT7000 series train
|Locale||Hyōgo, Okayama and Tottori prefectures|
|Opened||3 December 1994|
|Line length||56.1 km (34.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||260 m|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
Some local trains operate through from the JR West Imbi Line (Tottori - Chizu).
|Kamigōri||上郡||0.0||Sanyo Main Line||Hyōgo||Kamigōri,|
|Through service to Tottori on the Imbi Line|
Construction of the line was approved under the Railway Construction Act in 1922, and commenced by Japanese National Railways (JNR) in June 1966. Work was well advanced when a freeze on expenditure in 1980 resulted in construction being halted with 95% of the route acquired and 93% of the earthworks completed.
The Tottori Prefectural Government facilitated the establishment of the Chizu Express Company in May 1986, which resumed construction.
The line opened on December 3, 1994, and includes the 5,592 m Shitozaka tunnel.