Fukuen Line

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Fukuen Line
JRW oka-Z.svg
JRwest105-Fukuen Line.jpg
105 series EMUs at Yokoo Station, July 2011
Native name福塩線
Owner JR West
Locale Hiroshima Prefecture
Termini Fukuyama
TypeHeavy rail
Operator(s)JR West
Line length85.1 km (52.9 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines (FukuyamaFuchū)

The Fukuen Line (福塩線, Fukuen-sen) is a railway line in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It connects Fukuyama Station in Fukuyama to Miyoshi Station in Miyoshi.



LineNameDistance (km)TransfersLocation
Fukuen Line Fukuyama 福山0.0 Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
JRW oka-W.svg JRW oka-X.svg Sanyō Main Line
Fukuyama Hiroshima
Bingo-Honjō 備後本庄1.8 
Yokoo 横尾6.1 
Kannabe 神辺8.4 Ibara Railway Ibara Line
Yudamura 湯田村10.4 
Michinoue 道上11.3 
Managura 万能倉13.4 
Ekiya 駅家14.6 
Chikata 近田16.0 
Tode 戸手17.0 
Kamitode 上戸手18.8 
Shin-ichi 新市20.0 
Takagi 高木21.7  Fuchū
Ukai 鵜飼22.7 
Fuchū 府中23.6
Shimo-Kawabe 下川辺27.9 
Nakahata 中畑31.8 
Kawasa 河佐34.9 
Bingo-Mikawa 備後三川42.4  Sera, Sera
Bingo-Yano 備後矢野46.6 Fuchū
Jōge 上下50.3 
Kōnu 甲奴54.7  Miyoshi
Kajita 梶田57.1 
Bingo-Yasuda 備後安田62.3 
Kisa 吉舎67.3 
Mirasaka 三良坂73.6 
Shiomachi 塩町78.0 JRW hiro-P.svg Geibi Line
Geibi Line
Kamisugi 神杉79.5 
Yatsugi 八次82.8 
Miyoshi 三次85.1 JRW hiro-P.svg Geibi Line

Former connecting lines

Rolling stock


The Ryobi Light Railway opened a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge line to Fuchu in 1914, and electrified it at 750 V DC in 1927. The company was nationalised in 1933, the same year the Japanese Government Railway opened the Shiomachi to Kisa section of the line (then as an extension of the Geibi Line).[ citation needed ] The Fukuyama to Fuchu section was regauged to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) in 1935, the year the Kisa to Joge section opened. The two sections were connected with the opening of the Fuchu to Joge section in 1938.[ citation needed ]

The Fuchu to Shimo-Kawabe section was electrified in 1954, and whilst the voltage on the Fukuyama to Fuchu section was increased to 1500 V DC in 1961, the Fuchu to Shimo-Kawabe electrification was decommissioned the following year.[ citation needed ]

Freight services ceased in 1986, and in 1989, the 6,123 m Hattabara Tunnel and associated deviation were commissioned, shortening the route by 1.4 km.[ citation needed ]

Wanman driver only operation commenced on the non-electrified section between Fuchū and Miyoshi on 1 April 1991, using KiHa 120-300 DMUs. [1] Driver-only operation commenced on the electrified section between Fukuyama and Fuchū on 14 March 1992, using 105 series EMUs. [1]

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