The Suwon – Inchon narrow gauge line: Suwon to Ansan (Part 1: Suwon to Omokcheon)

July 6, 2013 by
Filed under: Korea, Railways, Suwon - Inchon 
Map showing the next stretch on the line. This is the line next to the Gosaek Road (고색로), crossing several other roads.

Map showing the next stretch on the line. This is the line next to the Gosaek Road (고색로), crossing several other roads. At (1) is the black shed right on top of the old line, while at (2) is the crossing with the roses. Between (2) and (3) a small bridge can be found, while at (3) the Gosan Road (고산로) crossing is located. At (4) is the crossing of the Maesonggosaeng Road Nr. 676 (매송고색로676번길; mae-song-go-saeng-no676beon-gil). Finally, at (5) a complete new road has been built, which means for 30 meters the line has completely been broken up.

Right after the trees someone had started a business. The black shed is on top of the line, the path in front is the line again.

Right after the trees someone had started a business. The black shed is on top of the line, the path in front is the line again.

Here again someone had created a garden straight onto the track bed.

Here again someone had created a garden straight onto the track bed.

One of the smaller crossings coming up. Here the side of the track was quite clean, probably because someone has planted something here as well (or is planning to do so).

One of the smaller crossings coming up. Here the side of the track was quite clean, probably because someone has planted something here as well (or is planning to do so).

The smaller crossing, with lovely roses at this time of the year. Corn growing in between the sleepers.

The smaller crossing, with lovely roses at this time of the year. Corn growing in between the sleepers.

After this crossing the railway can be found quite easily again.

After this crossing the railway can be found quite easily again.

But then, slowly, the line becomes more overgrown. Apparently nobody was interested in starting a garden here…

But then, slowly, the line becomes more overgrown. Apparently nobody was interested in starting a garden here…

Another small neighbourhood crossing.

Another small neighbourhood crossing.

A small bridge, towards the end of Gosaek. Notice how the stone to the right of the bridge (black background, white lettering) tells this is Gosaek in Korean.

A small bridge, towards the end of Gosaek. Notice how the stone to the right of the bridge (black background, white lettering) tells this is Gosaek in Korean.

Near the bridge is this sign, one of many in the area.

Near the bridge is this sign, one of many in the area. It effectively states that this line still belongs to Korail and that people have no right to start a garden here. Until 2013 this was never really a problem, no train passed here since December 1995, but because Korail is building a new subway line this land will be reclaimed by Korail soon enough…

And when Korail reclaims the line, these gardens will have to disappear. Here the vegetables are growing literally within the track.

And when Korail reclaims the line, these gardens will have to disappear. Here the vegetables are growing literally within the track.

More signs telling to stay out of this area!

More signs telling to stay out of this area!

View towards Omokcheon.

View towards Omokcheon.

Looking back towards Suwon.

Looking back towards Suwon. I hadn’t noticed it earlier, but the grey metal box to the right is probably part of the former railway system. The same type of box, but in a much worse state, can be seen near the KTX bridge later on.

Near the fields towards Omokcheon the tracks become more visible again. The minibus is at (4) on the map.

Near the fields towards Omokcheon the tracks become more visible again. The minibus is at (4) on the map.

And then the tracks disappear again…

And then the tracks disappear again…

Sometimes this is the only thing which can still be found.

Sometimes this is the only thing which can still be found.

The track used to go on here, this is now the Seoburo in Gosaek, (5) on the map.

The track used to go on here, this is now the Seoburo in Gosaek, (5) on the map.

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2 Comments on The Suwon – Inchon narrow gauge line: Suwon to Ansan (Part 1: Suwon to Omokcheon)

    […] map below shows the whole line between Suwon and Ansan. The first article described the part between numbers 1 and 2. This second article describes the line from just to the west of (2) and to the south of (4), […]

  1. Sheldon Perry on Wed, 2nd Oct 2013 08:44
  2. Enjoyed your photos very much. I rode this line in 1994 when part of it was still intact. Hate seeing it in this state.

    Sheldon

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