Geibi Line

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Geibi Line
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A Geibi Line KiHa 120 DMU
Overview
Native name芸備線
StatusIn operation
Owner JR West
Locale Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures
Termini Bitchū Kōjiro Station
Hiroshima Station
Stations44
Service
Type Commuter rail line
System Hiroshima City Network (KarugaHiroshima)
Operator(s)JR West
Rolling stock KiHa 120 series DMU, KiHa 40 series DMU
History
Opened1915
Technical
Line length159.1 km (98.9 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
CharacterRural and urban
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed85 km/h (53 mph)
Route map
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km
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- Niimi
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- Nunohara
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Two tunnels
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0.0 Bitchū Kōjiro
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3.9 Sakane
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6.4 Ichioka
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10.0 Yagami
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13.6 Nochi
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18.8 Tōjō
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25.3 Bingo Yawata
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29.0 Uchina
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33.6 Onuka
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37.8 Dōgoyama
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44.6 Bingo Ochiai
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50.2 Hibayama
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53.2 Bingo Saijō
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57.4 Hirako
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68.5 Taka
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68.5 Bingo Shōbara
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70.5 Bingo Mikkaichi
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72.2 Nanatsuka
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75.2 Yamanouchi
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80.1 Shimowachi
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83.2 Shiomachi
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84.7 Kamisugi
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88.0 Yatsugi
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90.3 Miyoshi
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91.9 Nishi Miyoshi
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99.6 Shiwachi
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102.2 Kamikawatachi
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106.5 Kōtachi
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109.9 Yoshidaguchi
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116.1 Mukaihara
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122.0 Ibaraichi
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126.0 Shiwaguchi
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129.5 Kamimita
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134.0 Nakamita
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136.3 Shirakiyama
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138.5 Karuga
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140.7 Kamifukawa
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143.5 Nakafukawa
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144.9 Shimofukawa
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146.8 Kumura
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149.3 Akiyaguchi
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152.1 Hesaka
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156.9 Yaga
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159.1 Hiroshima
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The Geibi Line (芸備線, Geibi-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in the mountainous area of the Chūgoku region in Japan. It begins at Bitchū Kōjiro Station on the west side of Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, connecting through Miyoshi Station in Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, and terminating at Hiroshima Station in Hiroshima. In addition to the Chūgoku Expressway, the Geibi Line is considered the main commuter and local rail line covering the route between northern Hiroshima Prefecture and the city of Hiroshima. The name of the line refers to the ancient provinces of Aki () (in Hiroshima Prefecture) and Bitchū () (in Okayama Prefecture), which the line connects.

Contents

Since 2007, the ICOCA card can be used in all stations between Hiroshima Station and Karuga Station (stations in the Hiroshima City Network).

The majority of the line was out of service after a bridge was destroyed in the 2018 Japan floods. The entire line reopened in October 2019.

Stations

Listed in order from Bitchū Kōjiro Station to Hiroshima Station, though the chart shows through Niimi Station for convenience as most schedules show through Niimi and the train will indicate the last stop as Niimi.

LineNo.StationJapaneseDistance
(km)
Miyoshi LinerTransfersLocation
Hakubi Line Niimi 新見   JRW kinki-K.svg Kishin Line Niimi Okayama Prefecture
Nunohara 布原 
Bitchū Kōjiro 備中神代0.0 JRW san-V.svg Hakubi Line
Geibi Line
Sakane 坂根3.9 
Ichioka 市岡6.4 
Yagami 矢神10.0 
Nochi 野馳13.6 
Tōjō 東城18.8  Shōbara Hiroshima Prefecture
Bingo Yawata 備後八幡25.3 
Uchina 内名29.0 
Onuka 小奴可33.6 
Dōgoyama 道後山37.8 
Bingo Ochiai 備後落合44.6 JRW san-E.svg Kisuki Line
Hibayama 比婆山50.2 
Bingo Saijō 備後西城53.2 
Hirako 平子57.4 
Taka 62.3 
Bingo Shōbara 備後庄原68.5 
Bingo Mikkaichi 備後三日市70.5 
Nanatsuka 七塚72.2 
Yamanouchi 山ノ内75.2 
Shimowachi 下和知80.1  Miyoshi
Shiomachi 塩町83.2 JRW oka-Z.svg Fukuen Line
Kamisugi 神杉84.7 JRW oka-Z.svg Fukuen Line
Yatsugi 八次88.0 JRW oka-Z.svg Fukuen Line
Miyoshi 三次90.3 JRW oka-Z.svg Fukuen Line
Nishi Miyoshi 西三次91.9 
Shiwachi 志和地99.6 
Kamikawatachi 上川立102.2 
Kōtachi 甲立106.5  Akitakata
Yoshidaguchi 吉田口109.9 
Mukaihara 向原116.1 
Ibaraichi 井原市122.0  Asakita-ku, Hiroshima
Shiwaguchi 志和口126.0 
Kamimita 上三田129.5 
Nakamita 中三田134.0 
Shirakiyama 白木山136.3 
P09 Karuga 狩留家138.5 
P08 Kamifukawa 上深川140.7 
P07 Nakafukawa 中深川143.5 
P06 Shimofukawa 下深川144.9 
P05 Kumura 玖村146.8 
P04 Akiyaguchi 安芸矢口149.3 
P03 Hesaka 戸坂152.1  Higashi-ku, Hiroshima
P02 Yaga 矢賀156.9 
P01 Hiroshima 広島159.1 Minami-ku, Hiroshima

Former connecting lines

Rolling stock

The following diesel multiple unit (DMU) rolling stock operates on the Geibi Line.

History

The Geibi Line consists of the section opened by the Geibi Railway, which connected Hiroshima Station and Bingo Shōbara, the Shōbara Line between Bingo Shōbara and Bingo Ochiai which was partly built by the Geibi Railway and then nationalised and extended by the Japanese Government Railways (JGR) and the Sanshin Line built by the JGR between Onuka and Bitchū Kōjiro. In 1936, the line between Hiroshima and Bitchū Kōjiro was completed, and the Geibi Railway was nationalised the following year, bringing the entire line under the control of the JGR. Opening dates for individual sections are given below.

Geibi Railway

Shōbara Line

Sanshin Line

Geibi Line

See also

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Saijō, Hiroshima (Shōbara) Municipal division in Chūgoku, Japan

Saijō was a town located in Hiba District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The site of a feudal castle from the Sengoku period, it was first incorporated as a town in 1898. It then went through several mergers with other towns and villages in the area before being incorporated itself into the city of Shōbara in March 2005. It is now a municipal division within Shōbara.

Niimi Station Railway station in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Niimi Station is a JR West station located in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. It offers connecting service to the Geibi, Hakubi, and Kishin Lines.

Yagami Station Railway station in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Yagami Station is a JR West Geibi Line station located in Yada, Tessei-chō, Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

Sakane Station Railway station in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Sakane Station is a JR West Geibi Line station in Shimokōjiro, Shingō, Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

Bitchū-Kōjiro Station Railway station in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Bitchū-Kōjiro Station is a JR West station located on the west side of Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. It offers connecting service to the Geibi and Hakubi Lines.

Tōjō Station (Hiroshima) Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Tōjō Station is a JR West Geibi Line station located in Kawatō, Tōjō-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Bingo-Yawata Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Bingo-Yawata Station is a JR West Geibi Line station located in Suga, Tōjō-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Tickets are available at the nearby Suga Post Office.

Onuka Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Onuka Station is a JR West Geibi Line station located in Onuka, Tōjō-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Onuka Station is a kantaku station.

Dōgoyama Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Dōgoyama Station is a JR West Geibi Line station located in Kōo, Saijō-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Bingo-Ochiai Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Bingo-Ochiai Station is a JR West Geibi and Kisuki Line station in Hattori, Saijō-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Hibayama Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Hibayama Station is a JR West Geibi station located in Ōya, Saijō-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Bingo-Saijō Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Bingo-Saijō Station is a JR West Geibi station located in Ōsa, Saijō-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. While it was formerly an express train stop, there are currently no express trains operating east of Miyoshi Station.

Taka Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Taka Station is a JR West Geibi station located in Taka-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Bingo-Shōbara Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Bingo-Shōbara Station is a JR West Geibi station located in 2-chōme, Nakamoto-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The station was a stop for the former Chidori and Taishaku express trains from Miyoshi.

Bingo-Mikkaichi Station Railway station in Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Bingo-Mikkaichi Station is a JR West Geibi Line station located in Uehara-chō, Shōbara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Shimowachi Station Railway station in Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Shimowachi Station is railway station operated by West Japan Railway Company in Miyoshi, Hiroshima, Japan.

Shiomachi Station Railway station in Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Shiomachi Station is a JR West Geibi and Fukuen Line station located in Wachi-chō, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. This station should not be confused with other stations of similar-sounding name on the Geibi Line: Shimowachi, Shiwachi, and Shiwaguchi.

Kamisugi Station (Hiroshima) Railway station in Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Kamisugi Station is a JR West Geibi and Fukuen Line station located in Takasugi-chō, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Miyoshi Station (Hiroshima) Railway station in Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Miyoshi Station is a railway station in Miyoshi, Hiroshima, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company. Along with Niimi and Tsuyama Stations, Miyoshi is one of the major central region stations in the Chūgoku region of Japan.

Shimofukawa Station Railway station in Hiroshima, Japan

Shimofukawa Station is a JR West Geibi Line station located in 5-chōme, Fukawa, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. This is the largest of the three Fukawa stations on the Geibi Line, and handles many trains daily.

References

  1. 平成19年夏のダイヤ改正(広島・山口エリア) [Summer 2007 timetable revision (Hiroshima and Yamaguchi area)]. News release (in Japanese). Japan: West Japan Railway Company. 9 May 2007. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. "10 rail sections out of service for over a month in flood-hit region:The Asahi Shimbun".
  3. "線路上に土砂、快速列車が横転 広島・芸備線、乗客なし:朝日新聞デジタル". 朝日新聞デジタル (in Japanese). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  4. "廃線危機の芸備線一部区間 JR発足時から大きく変化したダイヤ 途中で急行化し広島へ". 乗りものニュース (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 June 2021.