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Travel News Trolley train route to Kurobe Dam opening to tourists in 2024


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14 Mar 2002
A rail route once reserved for power plant workers will be opened as part of a new sightseeing line connecting Kurobe City and Japan's tallest dam in 2024. The scenic service spans Unazuki and Sasadaira stations. Officials said the train will operate between Unazuki and Kanetsuri stations from 29 April and between Unazuki and Keyakidaira stations--the entire stretch of the line--from 6 May.


Photo credit: Kurobe Gorge Railway Co.


Photo credit: Mainichi/Shinichi Sariishi
According to the railway company, which is based in Kurobe, the section between Unazuki and Kanetsuri stations will open two days earlier than scheduled because there was less snowfall this winter. The section between Unazuki and Keyakidaira stations will open four days earlier. "We appreciate the fact that we can start operations, even if it is only a day sooner," said a company official. This year marks the centenary of the opening of the Unazuki Onsen hot spring resort. Next year, a work route called the Kurobe-Unazuki Canyon Route that connects the Kurobe Dam and Keyakidaira Station will open to the public. The project was implemented by Kansai Electric Power Co., along with other entities, to construct the Kurobe River No. 4 Power Plant and work on related facilities. At the same time, the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line's extended section between Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture and Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture is set to open next spring.

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