Akō Line

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Akō Line
JRW kinki-A.svg JRW oka-N.svg
JRW-213 001 JPN.JPG
213 series EMU on an Akō Line local service at Osafune Station
Overview
Native name赤穂線
Owner JR West
Locale Hyogo Prefecture and Okayama Prefecture
TerminiAioi
Higashi-Okayama
Stations19
Service
TypePassenger/freight
SystemUrban Network (Aioi - Banshū-Akō)
Operator(s)JR West
JR Freight
Rolling stock113 series EMU
115 series EMU
117 series EMU
213 series EMU
221 series EMU
223-1000 series EMU
223-2000 series EMU
223-6000 series EMU
225-0 series EMU
225-100 series EMU
History
Opened1951
Technical
Line length57.4 km (35.7 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed85 km/h (53 mph)

Akō Line (赤穂線, Akō-sen) is a railway line owned by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) between Aioi, Hyōgo to Okayama, Okayama in Japan. A loop line off the Sanyō Main Line, the Akō Line commences at Aioi, is situated south of the main line approximately paralleling the Seto Inland Sea, and rejoins the main line at Higashi-Okayama.

Contents

The entire 57.4-kilometre (35.7 mi) line is single track. Only one train runs the entire length of the line, with service divided at Banshū-Akō, and no trains terminate at either of the official terminals. Trains from the east continue from Himeji on the Sanyō Main Line and terminate at Akō, while westbound services originating from Akō continue past Higashi-Okayama and continue on the Sanyō Main Line to Okayama and beyond. "Rapid" and "Special Rapid" trains from Kyoto and beyond make local stops between Aioi and Banshū-Akō, and the segment of the line is part of JR West's Kinki region Urban Network.

Stations

The line is split into two sections at Banshū-Akō Station, where passengers would have to interchange for train services to/from the Keihanshin region and the Okayama region.

Common nameOfficial line nameNo.StationJapaneseDistance
(km)
TransfersLocation
CityPrefecture
JRW kinki-A.svg Sanyō Main Line Sanyō Main Line Himeji 姫路 Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
JRW kinki-A.svg JR Kobe Line ( A85 )
JRW kinki-J.svg Bantan Line
JRW kinki-K.svg Kishin Line
Himeji Hyōgo
Agaho 英賀保
Harima-Katsuhara はりま勝原
Aboshi 網干
Tatsuno 竜野 Tatsuno
Aioi 相生0.0 Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
JRW kinki-A.svg Sanyō Main Line
Aioi Hyōgo
JRW kinki-A.svg Akō LineAkō Line
Nishi-Aioi 西相生3.0
Sakoshi 坂越7.8 Ako
Banshū-Akō 播州赤穂10.5 JRW oka-N.svg Akō Line (for Okayama)
JRW oka-N.svg Akō Line JRW kinki-A.svg Akō Line (for Himeji)
Tenwa 天和14.5
Bizen-Fukukawa 備前福河16.4
N16 Sōgo 寒河19.6 Bizen Okayama
N15 Hinase 日生22.1
N14 Iri 伊里27.7
N13 Bizen-Katakami 備前片上31.0
N12 Nishi-Katakami 西片上32.3
N11 Inbe 伊部34.5
N10 Kagato 香登38.5
N09 Osafune 長船42.3 Setouchi
N08 Oku 邑久45.9
N07 Odomi 大富48.0
N06 Saidaiji 西大寺51.2 Higashi-ku, Okayama
N05 Ōdara 大多羅54.1
N04 Higashi-Okayama 東岡山57.4 JRW oka-S.svg Sanyō Main Line Naka-ku, Okayama
JRW oka-S.svg Sanyō Main LineSanyō Main Line
N03 Takashima 高島
N02 Nishigawara 西川原
N01 Okayama 岡山 Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
JRW oka-S.svg JRW oka-W.svg Sanyō Main Line
JRW oka-T.svg Tsuyama Line
JRW oka-L.svg Uno Line ( JRW oka-M.svg Seto-Ōhashi Line)
JRW oka-U.svg Kibi Line (Momotaro Line)
Okayama Electric Tramway Higashiyama Main Line
Kita-ku, Okayama

History

Opening ceremony for the Ako Railway at Banshu-Ako station, 14 April 1921 Akou Railway Banshu Akou station.jpg
Opening ceremony for the Ako Railway at Banshu-Ako station, 14 April 1921
Dowa Mining Co. diesel rail car Katakami kiha312.jpg
Dowa Mining Co. diesel rail car

The initial section between Aioi and Banshu-Ako opened in 1951, and the line was opened progressively, to Hinase in 1955, Inbe in 1958, and Higashi-Okayama in 1962. The Aioi - Banshu-Ako section was electrified in 1961, and the rest of the line in 1969.

CTC signalling was commissioned between Higashi-Okayama and Banshu-Ako in 1983.

Former connecting lines

See also

Main line alternate routes

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