Chikuhô Honsen (Wakamatsu-sen) 筑豊本線 (若松線)

Trains crossing at Fujinoki. Diesel car KIHA 31 21 is at the rear of a local to Nôgata. (2015)

A train consisting of KIHA 40 8051 and KIHA 47 1052 has arrived at Wakamatsu. (2015)

The northernmost part of the Chikuhô Honsen can today be seen as a separate line with a shuttle service between Nôgata or Orio and Wakamatsu. The Wakamatsu area on the north side of the Dôkai Bay was once very heavily industrialised, with coal and other freight trains working through from the Nôgata region. The whole Dôkai Bay used to be oriented towards shipping and was marked especially by the huge Yahata Steel Works, constructed 1896-1901.

Now the Wakamatsu-sen, which for itself is 10, 8 km long, is a quiet branch line serving the settlements around Wakamatsu about every half hour. Freight services ended in 1984. The line is still double track, but not electrified. Since operation began of the electric Fukuhoku Yutaka-sen (Kurosaki to Hakata via Orio and Nôgata) the Wakamatsu-sen on its way from Nôgata runs through its own low-level station at Orio.

In October 2016 the Wakamatsu-sen began to test a new battery electric train (type BEC 819), which feeds its batteries from an overhead catenary at the end stops. In March 2017 all trains were turned over to BEC 819 operation.

View over Dôkai Bay from a train approaching Wakamatsu. (2015)

In 1972 steam locomotive 68660 (class 8620) stands outside Wakamatsu, still with much freight traffic and numerous wagons in the yard alongside Dôkai Bay.

Battery electric train class BEC819 (no.6) leaving Orio low level station on the non-electrified line to Wakamatsu. At Orio the train has lowered its pantograph, after arriving from Nôgata using overhead current collection. (2018)

On the Wakamatsu line between Okudôkai and Fujinoki. (2018)

Class BEC819 no. 1, operating here as a battery powered set, crosses on the non-electrified line between Futajima and Honjô. (2018)