Honshi-Bisan Line

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Honshi-Bisan Line
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Marine Liner on the Honshi-Bisan Line
Overview
Owner JR West, JR Shikoku
Locale Okayama, Kagawa prefectures
Termini Chayamachi
Utazu
Stations6
Service
TypeHeavy rail
Operator(s) JR West, JR Shikoku, JR Freight
History
Opened1988
Technical
Line length31.0 km (19.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed130 km/h (81 mph)
Route map
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The Honshi-Bisan Line (本四備讃線, Honshi-Bisan-sen) is a Japanese railway line which connects Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture with Utazu in Kagawa Prefecture. It is owned and operated jointly by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku). The line is the central section of the Seto-Ōhashi Line, a service connecting Okayama and Takamatsu; as a result, the Honshi-Bisan Line is rarely referred to by itself, but rather as a part of the larger Seto-Ōhashi Line service.

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The line's name comes from the two islands it links: Honshu and Shikoku, and the old provincial names of the areas through which the line passes, Bitchū Province/Bizen Province and Sanuki Province.

History

The 13km Chayamachi - Kojima section opened on 20 March 1988, and the 18km Kojima - Utazu on 10 April 1988 in conjunction with the opening of the Seto-Ohashi Bridge system.

This provided the first rail connection between Honshu and Shikoku, prior to this passengers traveled via the Uno Line and train ferry to Takamatsu.

The opening of the line also facilitated electrification of the Yosan Line between Takamatsu and Matsuyama, enabling direct services from both cities to Okayama.

Basic data

Station list

StationJapaneseDistance
(km)
TransfersLocation
Chayamachi 茶屋町0.0 JRW oka-L.svg JRW oka-M.svg Uno Line Kurashiki Okayama
Uematsu 植松2.9  Okayama
Kimi 木見5.6 Kurashiki
Kaminochō 上の町9.7 
Kojima 児島12.9 
Border between JR West and JR Shikoku
Utazu 宇多津31.0 Yosan Line Utazu, Ayauta District Kagawa

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References

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia