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Limited Express Yakumo
|Locale||Okayama and Tottori Prefectures|
|Termini|| Kurashiki Station |
Ibara Railway (between Kiyone and Sōja)
|Rolling stock|| 115 series |
|Line length||138.4 km (86.0 mi)|
|Number of tracks||2 (Kurashiki – Bitchū-Takahashi)|
2 (Ikura – Ishiga)
2 (Niimi – Nunohara)
1 for rest of line
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||200 m|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (68 mph) – 120 km/h (75 mph)|
The Hakubi Line (伯備線, Hakubi-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in the mountainous area of the Chūgoku region of Japan. It begins at the south end of Okayama Prefecture at Kurashiki Station in Kurashiki, passing through Niimi Station on the west side of Niimi, and terminating at Hōki-Daisen Station in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, linking Okayama Prefecture and Yonago across the Chūgoku Mountains. The Hakubi Line follows the Takahashi River between Kurashiki and Niimi, and the Hino River between Shōyama and Hōki-Daisen.
Since 2007, the ICOCA card can be used in all stations between Kurashiki Station and Bitchū-Takahashi Station.[ citation needed ]
The Okayama Division of JR West has jurisdictional control over operations between Kurashiki and Niizato stations, with the Yonago Division having control between Kami-Iwami and Hōki-Daisen Station. The boundary is midway between Niizato and Kami-Iwami Stations. The line color for the portion covered by the Okayama Division is vermillion orange, while the section covered by the Yonago Division is the standard blue.
|Sanyō Main Line||V01||Okayama||岡山||15.9|
■ Higashiyama Line
■ Seikibashi Line (Both at Okayama-Ekimae)
Mizushima Main Line (Kurashiki-shi Station)
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The experimental "Smart BEST" battery electric train was tested on the Hakubi Line between October and December 2012.
The first section of the Hakubi Line to open was the northern section, initially named the Hakubihoku Line (伯備北線, lit. "Hakubi North Line"), between Hōki-Mizoguchi and Hōki-Daisen on 10 August 1919. The northern section was then progressively extended south, to Ebi Station on 25 March 1922, to Neu Station on 30 July 1922, to Kurosaka Station on 10 November 1922, to Shōyama Station on 28 November 1923, to Kami-Iwami Station on 6 December 1924, and to Ashidachi Station on 1 December 1926.
The first section of the southern part of the Hakubi Line, named the Hakubinan Line (伯備南線, lit. "Hakubi South Line"), was opened on 17 February 1925, between Shisawa (now Gōkei) and Kurashiki. The southern section was gradually extended north, extending to Bitchū-Kawamo on 31 July 1927, with connection between the north and south sections being made on 25 October 1928, from which date the entire line was named the Hakubi Line.
The Kiyone to Bitchu-Takahashi section was double-tracked between 1968 and 1973, with the Kurashiki to Kiyone and Niimi to Nunohara sections being double-tracked in 1979, and the Ishiga to Ikuta section double-tracked between 1982 and 1983 in conjunction with a realignment which shortened the route by 1.2 km.[ citation needed ] CTC signalling was commissioned on the entire line in 1972, and the Kurashiki to Hokidaisen section was electrified in 1982.[ citation needed ]
Okayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region of Honshu. Okayama Prefecture has a population of 1,906,464 and has a geographic area of 7,114 km². Okayama Prefecture borders Tottori Prefecture to the north, Hyogo Prefecture to the east, and Hiroshima Prefecture to the west.
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region of Honshu. Tottori Prefecture is the least populous prefecture of Japan at 570,569 (2016) and has a geographic area of 3,507 km2. Tottori Prefecture borders Shimane Prefecture to the west, Hiroshima Prefecture to the southwest, Okayama Prefecture to the south, and Hyogo Prefecture to the east.
Niimi is a city located in northwestern Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
Nichinan is a town located in Hino District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Hino is a town located in Hino District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Kōfu is a town located in the northeast of Hino District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
The Geibi Line is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company 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 (安芸) and Bitchū (備中), which the line connects.
Niimi Station is a JR West station located in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. It offers connecting service to the Geibi, Hakubi, and Kishin Lines.
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.
Kurashiki Station is a JR West Sanyō Main Line and Hakubi Line railway station located in 1-1 1-chōme, Achi, Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. All Sanyō Main Line and Hakubi Line express and limited express trains stop at this station. The Mizushima Coastal Railway Kurashiki-shi Station is near the station.
Sōja Station is a station jointly operated by JR West and Ibara Railway on the Hakubi, Kibi, and Ibara Lines. The station is in Kiyone, Kami-Nakajima, Sōja, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Sōja Station is the terminus of the Kibi Line, and the beginning of the Ibara Line.
Gōkei Station is a JR West Hakubi Line station. The station is named after the Gōkei area, a scenic valley about 8 km north of the station. Gōkei Station is located in Shisawa, Sōja, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
The Sanin Main Line is a railway line in western Japan, which connects Kyoto and Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, operated by West Japan Railway Company. It is the major railway line of the San'in region, approximately paralleling the Japan Sea, crossing Kyoto, Hyōgo, Tottori, Shimane, and Yamaguchi prefectures. The main portion from Kyoto to Hatabu is the longest single continuous railway line in Japan at 673.8 km, although no regularly scheduled train operates over the entire line.
Hōki is a town in Saihaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Minagi Station is a JR West Hakubi Line station. It is located in Minagi, Sōja, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
Bitchū-Hirose Station is a JR West Hakubi Line station. It is in Matsuyama, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
Bitchū-Takahashi Station is a JR West Hakubi Line station located in Asahi-chō, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. The Hakubi Line extends as a single track from this station north.
Bitchū-Kawamo Station is a train station in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
Ashidachi Station is a railway station in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
Hōki-Mizoguchi Station is a train station in Hōki, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.