Kabe Line

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Kabe Line
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Overview
Owner JR West
Locale Hiroshima Prefecture
TerminiYokogawa
Aki-Kameyama
Stations14
Service
Type Regional rail
System Hiroshima City Network
History
Opened1909
Technical
Line length14.0 km (8.7 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed65 km/h (40 mph)

The Kabe Line (可部線, Kabe-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) within the city of Hiroshima in Japan. It connects Hiroshima Station and Aki-Kameyama Station in Asakita-ku. The actual junction station is Yokogawa. It is one of the commuter lines to Hiroshima.

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Route data

History

Private railway

The section now in operation of the Kabe Line was originally constructed by a private company and later purchased by Japanese Government Railways.

The section was opened by Dainippon Kidō in four phases.

The line was handed over to Kabe Kidō on 11 March 1919. Kabe Kidō was merged to Hiroshima Denki Kidō on 1 May 1926.

The line was originally built to 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge and not electrified. The line was electrified and re-gauged (to the national standard of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)) in the following steps.

The line was handed over to the Kōhin Railway on 1 July 1931. On 1 December 1935, the line's legal status was changed from light railway to railway.

After nationalization

The line was nationalized on 1 September 1936, and became a part of Japanese Government Railways as the Kabe Line. Simultaneously, some station names were changed as follows:

The line voltage was raised from 750 V to 1,500 V (JNR standard) on 23 April 1962.

Since 4 September 1968, the line had been on the government's list of deficit-ridden railways where service was to be discontinued.

After JR West took over the line in 1987, wanman driver-only operation was introduced on the Kabe – Sandankyō section.

Beginning in summer 2007, the ICOCA card can be used in all stations in the Hiroshima City Network, including all stations on the Kabe Line.

On 4 February 2011, it was announced that a 1.6 km (0.99 mi) section of the abandoned segment, between Kabe Station and the former Kōdo Station, would be electrified and reopened. This will be the first such reopening by a JR Group company since the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR). [1] Operation was scheduled to resume from fiscal 2015; [2] the two new stations at Kōdo-Homachigawa and Aki-Kameyama finally opened on 4 March 2017.

Discontinued/suspended section

a train for non-electrified section at Kake Station Kake sta.jpg
a train for non-electrified section at Kake Station

JGR extended the line beyond Kabe Station. The extended sections were not electrified.

The line was intended to be extended to Hamada station on the Sanin Main Line, and construction on that section commenced in 1974, before being abandoned in 1980.

The Kabe – Sandankyō section was closed on 1 December 2003.

Stations

Trains can pass at stations marked "||", "◇", "∨", and "∧". Trains cannot pass at stations marked "|".

No.StationJapaneseDistance
(km)
TransfersTracksLocation
Sanyō Main Line
B01 Hiroshima 広島 Sanyō Shinkansen, Kure Line, Geibi Line, Hiroden Main Line || Minami
B02 Shin-Hakushima 新白島 Astram Line || Naka
Kabe Line
B03 Yokogawa 横川0.0 Sanyō Main Line, Hiroden Yokogawa Line Nishi
B04 Mitaki 三滝1.1
B05 Aki-Nagatsuka 安芸長束2.6 Asaminami
B06 Shimo-Gion 下祗園3.9
B07 Furuichibashi 古市橋5.3
B08 Ōmachi 大町6.5 Astram Line |
B09 Midorii 緑井7.3
B10 Shichikenjaya 七軒茶屋8.0|
B11 Bairin 梅林9.6
B12 Kami-Yagi 上八木11.2|
B13 Nakashima 中島12.6| Asakita
B14 Kabe 可部14.0
B15 Kōdo-Homachigawa 河戸帆待川14.8|
B16 Aki-Kameyama あき亀山15.6

Rolling stock

New 2- and 3-car 227 series electric trains are scheduled to be introduced on the Kabe Line from around 2015,[ needs update ] replacing older 115 series trains. [3]

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References

  1. JR廃線、初の復活…広島市の可部線 [First-ever reopening of an abandoned JR line: the Kabe Line in Hiroshima]. Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). 4 February 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  2. 可部線、15年度に延伸 [Kabe Line to be extended in fiscal 2015]. The Chigoku Shimbun Online (in Japanese). Japan: Chugoku Shimbun. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. JR西日本、広島地区に227系近郊形直流電車を投入 [JR West to introduce 227 series DC suburban trains in Hiroshima area]. The Page (in Japanese). Japan: Wordleaf Corporation. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.