Kintetsu Shima Line - History - Timeline


  • July 23, 1929 - Toba - Kashikojima - Shinjukō section opened by Shima Electric Railway.
  • February 11, 1944 - Shima Electric Railway and six other companies merge to form Mie Transport (Sanco). Line officially renamed Sanco Shima Line.
  • December 1, 1946 - Ugataguchi Station officially renamed to Shima-Yokoyama Station.
  • July 25, 1949 - Shima-Akasaki Station opens.
  • February 1, 1964 - Sanco railway division splits off and forms a new company Mie Electric Railway (Sanden). Line officially renamed Sanden Shima Line.
  • April 1, 1965 - Sanden, and all of its lines, are acquired by Kintetsu. Line officially renamed Kintetsu Shima Line.
  • July 1, 1969 - Freight service along the line ceases and Shinjukō Station closes. Kashikojima becomes endpoint.
  • December 10, 1969 - Shima Line is closed and construction to make various improvements on the line begins.
  • March 1, 1970 - Improvements are finished and the Shima Line reopens, now connected to the rest of the Kintetsu rail network. Shima-Isobe Station renamed Kaminogō; Hasama Station renamed Shima-Isobe. Direct service begins from both Osaka and Nagoya to Kashikojima begins.
  • March 6, 1988 - Second track opens on Ugata to Shima-Shimmei section.
  • December 8, 1990 - Second track opens on Shima-Shimmei to Kashikojima section.
  • November 6, 1992 - Second track opens on Toba to Nakanogō section.
  • December 22, 1992 - Second track opens on Funatsu to Kamo section.
  • April 28, 1993 - Second track opens on Gochi to Kaminogō section.
  • June 1, 1993 - Second track opens on Shima-Isobe to Ugata section.
  • September 11, 1993 - Second track opens on Kamo to Gochi section. Aomine Tunnel completed.
  • September 21, 1993 - Tracks re-routed through Aomine Tunnel on Shiraki to Gochi section. Total line length reduced by 0.7 km.
  • May 30, 2001 - Wanman driver-only operation begins.

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