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Railways in the

Republic of Korea

(South Korea)

The first railway in Korea ran from Incheon to Seoul, a distance of 26 miles (42 km). The first section, from Incheon to Noryangjin on the banks of the Han river opened in 1899; the final section, with a major bridge across the river taking the railway into central Seoul, opened the following year. The line was built to standard gauge (1435 mm), as were most subsequent lines in the southern part of the country.

The South Korean network was disconnected from that of North Korea following the partition of 1945. A connection was officially reopened in 2003, but trains did not run until 2007. Freight traffic was sparse and services ceased in 2008. Depsite aspirations, no passenger services have used the restored link.

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