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The Wakayama Line (和歌山線, Wakayama-sen) is a railway line that links Nara Prefecture to Wakayama Prefecture in Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It connects Ōji Station on the Yamatoji Line to Wakayama Station on the Hanwa Line and Kisei Main Line, with through train service to JR Namba via the Yamatoji Line and to Nara via the Sakurai Line.
A 105 series EMU on the Wakayama Line
|Locale||Nara, Wakayama prefectures|
|Rolling stock||105 series, 103 series, 117 series, 221 series, 201 series, 227 series EMUs|
|Line length||87.5 km (54.4 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||85 km/h (53 mph)|
The section between Oji and Takada was opened in 1891 by the Osaka Railway. The Minami Kazu Railway opened the Takada to Yoshinoguchi section in 1896, and extended the line to Gojo in 1898, the same year the Kiwa Railway opened the Gojo to Hashimoto section, extending it to Wakayama in 1900, the year the Osaka Railway merged with the Kansai Railway.
The line was electrified in 1980.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
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