Chapters: Railway Stations in Okinawa Prefecture, Rail
Transportation in Okinawa, Okinawa Monorail, Omoromachi Station,
Shuri Station, Naha-K?k? Station. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 21. Not
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Okinawa Monorail is the only rail line providing rail
transportation in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. In the past, Okinawa
Island had railroad, trolley, and horse-drawn streetcar service.
Also, Minami Daito and other islands had rail lines to transport
sugar cane and other commodities. The first rail line laid down in
Okinawa was during the Meiji period when in 1902, in Minami Dait, a
line opened with handcars. Okinawa Island's first railroad opened
in 1910, for the transportation of sugar cane. After many false
starts, rail transportation began in earnest during the Taish
period. The Okinawa Electric Railway (the predecessor of Okinawa
Electric Company), having received exclusive rights to this route
in 1910, opened the island's first streetcar line, between
Daimon-mae and Shuri (5.7 km, 1067 mm gauge, 500 V). Some months
later, as an expansion of service on the sugar-cane line in
Nishihara, the company introduced person-drawn service between
Yonabaru and Konaha (762 mm gauge). This line would later convert
to horse-drawn service. Extensions brought the rails to Awase, part
of the present-day city of Okinawa (17.7 km). Meanwhile, the
prefectural government, recognizing the failure of private
attempts, was preparing its own line, and opened the Okinawa
Prefectural Railways line between Naha and Yonabaru in December
1914. At the end of the Taisho period, the prefecture completed a
railway system having three lines radiating from Naha: one to
Kadena, one to Yonabaru, and one to Itoman. Okinawa Electric also
extended its routes. A horse-drawn trolley lin...More:
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