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The Chungbuk Line(충북선, 忠北線) is a railway line serving North Chungcheong Province in South Korea. The line connects Jochiwon on the Gyeongbu Line to Bongyang on the Jungang Line, serving the major cities of Cheongju and Chungju en route. Cheongju International Airport is located near the rail line.
|Opened||1 November 1921|
|Owner||Korea Rail Network Authority|
|Line length||115.0 km (71.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||25 kV 60 Hz Overhead Lines|
|Operating speed||100 km/h (62 mph)|
The first section of the line was opened by the privately owned Chōsen Central Railway in 1921, which became part of the Chōsen Railway (Chōtetsu) in 1923. Chōtetsu then continued to extend the line until 1928 to Chungju as follows:
|1 November 1921||Jochiwon–Cheongju||22.7 km|
|1 May 1923||Cheongju–Cheongan (Jeungpyeong)||23.9 km|
|25 December 1928||Cheongan–Chungju||47.4 km|
Plans existed to continue the line from Chungju to Yeongwol, but after the end of Japanese rule this plan was abandoned until 1949, after which the extension was built as the Korean National Railroad's Taebaek Line.
In the November 1942 timetable, the last issued prior to the start of the Pacific War, Chōtetsu operated the following schedule of local passenger services ("R" indicates that train was operated by railcar):
|Price K. yen||1||101
|2nd cl.||3rd cl.||2nd cl.||3rd cl.|
Like the other private railways this line was also nationalized after the independence of Korea. The rest section of the line was opened on January 10, 1959.
On September 1, 2010, the South Korean government announced a strategic plan to reduce travel times from Seoul to 95% of the country to under 2 hours by 2020. As part of the plan, the Chungbuk Line is to be upgraded for 230 km/h and may see KTX service.
The movie Peppermint Candy was shot near Gongjeon station.
|Osong||오송||五松|| Gyeongbu HSR
|Total; km||S2S; km||Transcribed, Korean||Transcribed, Japanese||Hunminjeongeum||Hanja/Kanji||Connections|
|0.0||0.0||Jochiwon||Chōchien||조치원||鳥致院||Sentetsu Gyeongbu Line|
- Establishment of the Chosen Railway, Dong-A Ilbo, 3 September 1923 (in Korean)
- Tōa Travel Co. (東亜旅行社), Ministry of Railways Combined Timetable 1 November 1942 (鐵道省編纂時刻表昭和１７年１１月１日)
- "경영원칙 > 경영공시 > 영업현황 > 영업거리현황". Korail. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "Electricity Almanac 2009" (PDF). Korea Electric Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
- "Bullet trains coming to a town near you by 2020". JoongAng Daily. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- Japanese Government Railways, (1937), 鉄道停車場一覧. 昭和12年10月1日現在(The List of the Stations as of 1 October 1937), Kawaguchi Printing Company, Tokyo, p 507