Hakubi Line

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Hakubi Line
JRW san-V.svg
JRW 381 Yuttari Yakumo 20071022.jpg
Limited Express Yakumo
Overview
Owner JR West
Locale Okayama and Tottori Prefectures
Termini Kurashiki Station
Hōki-Daisen Station
Stations28
Service
Type Regional rail
Operator(s)JR West
Ibara Railway (between Kiyone and Sōja)
Rolling stock 115 series
213 series
285 series
381 series
KiHa 120
KiHa 126
EF64
EF65
History
Opened1919
Technical
Line length138.4 km (86.0 mi)
Number of tracks2 (KurashikiBitchū-Takahashi)
2 (IkuraIshiga)
2 (NiimiNunohara)
1 for rest of line
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius 200 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed110 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.

Contents

Since 2007, the ICOCA card can be used in all stations between Kurashiki Station and Bitchū-Takahashi Station.[ citation needed ]

Line data

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.

Services

Limited express

Stations

LineNo.StationJapaneseDistance
(km)
Connecting linesLocation
Sanyō Main LineV01 Okayama 岡山15.9 Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
JRW oka-S.svg Sanyō Main Line
JRW oka-T.svg Tsuyama Line
JRW oka-U.svg Kibi Line (Momotaro Line)
Okaden:
Higashiyama Line
Seikibashi Line (Both at Okayama-Ekimae)
Kita-ku,
Okayama
Okayama
V02 Kitanagase 北長瀬12.5
V03 Niwase 庭瀬9.4
V04 Nakashō 中庄4.7 Kurashiki
V05 Kurashiki 倉敷0.0 JRW oka-W.svg San'yō Main Line
Mizushima Main Line (Kurashiki-shi Station)
Hakubi Line
V06 Kiyone 清音7.3 Ibara Line Sōja
V07 Sōja 総社10.7 JRW oka-U.svg Kibi Line (Momotaro Line)
Ibara Line
V08 Gōkei 豪渓15.3 
V09 Hiwa 日羽19.0 
V10 Minagi 美袋22.7 
V11 Bitchū-Hirose 備中広瀬29.6  Takahashi
V12 Bitchū-Takahashi 備中高梁34.0 
V13 Kinoyama 木野山38.8 
V14 Bitchū-Kawamo 備中川面42.7 
V15 Hōkoku 方谷47.4 
V16 Ikura 井倉55.2  Niimi
V17 Ishiga 石蟹59.7 
V18 Niimi 新見64.4 JRW kinki-K.svg Kishin Line
Nunohara 布原68.3 
Bitchū-Kōjiro 備中神代70.8 JRW hiro-P.svg Geibi Line
Ashidachi 足立77.0 
Niizato 新郷82.8 
Kami-Iwami 上石見86.7  Nichinan Tottori Prefecture
Shōyama 生山95.4 
Kamisuge 上菅98.9  Hino
Kurosaka 黒坂103.7 
Neu 根雨111.3 
Muko 武庫116.0  Kofu
Ebi 江尾118.1 
Hōki-Mizoguchi 伯耆溝口127.3  Hōki
Kishimoto 岸本132.3 
Hōki-Daisen 伯耆大山138.4 JRW san-A.svg San'in Main Line Yonago

Rolling stock

The experimental "Smart BEST" battery electric train was tested on the Hakubi Line between October and December 2012. [1]

History

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. [2] 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. [2]

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. [2] 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. [2]

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 ]

Timeline

See also

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Okayama Prefecture Prefecture of Japan

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 Prefecture of Japan

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Nichinan, Tottori Town in Japan

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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.

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.

Kurashiki Station Railway station in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

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 Railway station in Sōja, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

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 Railway station in Sōja, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

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.

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Hōki, Tottori Town in Japan

Hōki is a town in Saihaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

Minagi Station Railway station in Sōja, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Minagi Station is a JR West Hakubi Line station. It is located in Minagi, Sōja, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

Bitchū-Hirose Station Railway station in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Bitchū-Hirose Station is a JR West Hakubi Line station. It is in Matsuyama, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

Bitchū-Takahashi Station Railway station in 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 Railway station in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Bitchū-Kawamo Station is a train station in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

Ashidachi Station Railway station in Niimi, 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.

References

  1. 近畿車輛株式会社が開発した自己充電型バッテリー車両の走行試験について [Test running of battery train developed by Kinki Sharyo]. Press release (in Japanese). Japan: West Japan Railway Company. 30 October 2012. Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編[Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR]. Japan: JTB. pp. 96–97. ISBN   4-533-02980-9.