The Suwon – Inchon narrow gauge line: Suwon to Ansan (Part 2: Omokcheon to Ansan Outskirts)

July 12, 2013 by
Filed under: Korea, Railways, Suwon - Inchon 
Same spot as in the previous picture, but looking towards the west. The bridge in the distance is route 39.

Same spot as in the previous picture, but looking towards the west. The bridge in the distance is route 39.

The bus stop next to the road. This area is, as the bus stop implies, 화성시 (Hwaseong), which was made famous internationally in “Memories of Murder” (2003; Bong Joon-ho), a Korean film about the first (known) serial killer in Korea. In this (wider) are someone killed 10 women between October 1986 and April 1991. The murderer was never found… The film gets quite a high rating on IMDB.

The bus stop next to the road. This area is, as the bus stop implies, 화성시 (Hwaseong), which was made famous internationally in “Memories of Murder” (2003; Bong Joon-ho), a Korean film about the first (known) serial killer in Korea. In this (wider) are someone killed 10 women between October 1986 and April 1991. The murderer was never found… The film gets quite a high rating on IMDB.

Shortly afterwards the next road bridge can be seen. This is road 15 (Seohaean Expressway), a major road in Korea. The subway line is progressing quite nicely here.

Shortly afterwards the next road bridge can be seen. This is road 15 (Seohaean Expressway), a major road in Korea. The subway line is progressing quite nicely here.

In this part of the line one small piece of the old railway is still available. Probably part of the signalling system, looking in a very bad condition.

In this part of the line one small piece of the old railway is still available. Probably part of the signalling system, looking in a very bad condition.

But then all of a sudden the construction ends, and the old line can be seen again. This is a view eastwards, back to the area in the previous picture.

But then all of a sudden the construction ends, and the old line can be seen again. This is a view eastwards, back to the area in the previous picture.

For a short distance the railway is obscured and difficult to find in the country side.

For a short distance the railway is obscured and difficult to find in the country side.

Just after this point야목역 (Yamog Station) will be constructed. In Yamog the railway has been turned into a local road.

Just after this point야목역 (Yamog Station) will be constructed. In Yamog the railway has been turned into a local road.

The local road however will eventually become the new subway line, a second road has already been constructed (to the left) for the local villagers. At the end, near the small house (which is not railway related), is the비봉로 (Bibong Road, also Road 69), the road into Ansan.

The local road however will eventually become the new subway line, a second road has already been constructed (to the left) for the local villagers. At the end, near the small house (which is not railway related), is the비봉로 (Bibong Road, also Road 69), the road into Ansan.

Looking back towards Suwon, the road in front is the비봉로 (Bibong Road, also Road 69). The railway crossed here and then went on to Ansan.

Looking back towards Suwon, the road in front is the비봉로 (Bibong Road, also Road 69). The railway crossed here and then went on to Ansan.

Looking towards Ansan. Just behind the trees is the last railway bridge before Ansan.

Looking towards Ansan. Just behind the trees is the last railway bridge before Ansan.

The bridge next to the 비봉로 (Bibong Road) over the 반월천 (river Banwol, Banwolcheon). In the distance is Ansan.

The bridge next to the 비봉로 (Bibong Road) over the 반월천 (river Banwol, Banwolcheon). In the distance is Ansan.

Another view of the bridge over the반월천 (river Banwol, Banwolcheon). This bridge is probably the longest one between Suwon and Ansan. From here onwards it is not possible to easily walk to line into Ansan, as there is no escape possible onto the road if the line ends in the field. (The main road has no bike lane.) In the distance, in Ansan, construction of the new line is already on-going and anything previously left of the old line has been destroyed. The next station in Ansan which is already in use on the old line is한대앞역 (Handaeap Station), on the new line 4.

Another view of the bridge over the반월천 (river Banwol, Banwolcheon). This bridge is probably the longest one between Suwon and Ansan. From here onwards it is not possible to easily walk to line into Ansan, as there is no escape possible onto the road if the line ends in the field. (The main road has no bike lane.) In the distance, in Ansan, construction of the new line is already on-going and anything previously left of the old line has been destroyed. The next station in Ansan which is already in use on the old line is한대앞역 (Handaeap Station), on the new line 4.

 

At the end of the article: the map of the last part of this series of pictures.

At the end of the article: the map of the last part of this series of pictures. At (1) is the village at 원평리 (Wonpyeongri) and the KTX railway line, where currently the new commuter line is being built (in 2013). Only bridges are still left at this part. The next village on the map is 매송 (Maesong) at (2), which used to have a station (named 어천역 (Eocheonyeok, Eocheon Station) between 1937 and 1995 on the narrow gauge line. Between (2) and (3) the track bed can still be found, but most of the track is now either invisible or part of the building process of the new commuter line. The village of 야목 (Yamok) at (4) also used to have a station, but nothing can be found now. The bridge at the end of this series of pictures can be found just to the north of (5). Notice how the Google Map at this point oddly “cuts” the old railway line, the thin grey line is disconnected for some reason…

 

One final map (and a satellite picture).

One final map (and a satellite picture). At (1) is 매송 (Maesong), while at (2) the strange gap in the Google Map can be seen. The village of 야목 (Yamok) is at (3), which used to have a station. At (4) is the bridge over the 반월천 (river Banwol, Banwolcheon). After this bridge the line can still be found in the fields, but from (5) onwards, which is the entry to Ansan near the former station of Sari, the new commuter line is already being built, so nothing is left there.

 

The satellite picture comes from the Naver Maps website. The bridge can easily be seen next to the main road to Ansan. Especially the shadow of the railway bridge is an easy give away of the location of the bridge.

The satellite picture comes from the Naver Maps website. The bridge can easily be seen next to the main road to Ansan. Especially the shadow of the railway bridge is an easy give away of the location of the bridge.

 

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