Kibi Line

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Kibi Line
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KiHa 40 series and KiHa 47 series DMUs on the Kibi Line between Ashimori and Hattori in October 2010
Overview
Other name(s)Momotaro Line
Native name吉備線
StatusIn operation
Owner JR West
Locale Okayama Prefecture
Termini Okayama
Sōja
Stations10
Service
Type Heavy rail
Operator(s)JR West
Rolling stock KiHa 40 series DMU
History
Opened11 November 1904
Technical
Line length20.4 km (12.7 mi)
CharacterUrban and rural
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed85 km/h (53 mph)

Kibi Line (吉備線, Kibi-sen) is a railway line in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It is also referred to as the Momotaro Line (桃太郎線).

Contents

Stations

All stations are in Okayama Prefecture.

No.NameJapaneseDistance
(km)
ConnectionsLocation
U01 Okayama 岡山0.0 Kita-ku, Okayama
U02 Bizen-Mikado 備前三門1.9 
U03 Daianji 大安寺3.3 
U04 Bizen-Ichinomiya 備前一宮6.5 
U05 Kibitsu 吉備津8.4 
U06 Bitchū-Takamatsu 備中高松11.0 
U07 Ashimori 足守13.4 
U08 Hattori 服部16.2  Sōja
U09 Higashi-Sōja 東総社18.8 
U10 Sōja 総社20.4

Rolling stock

History

The line opened in 1904.[ citation needed ]

On 1 June 1944, the Chugoku Railway was nationalized, becoming part of Japanese National Railways (JNR). [1] With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the line came under the control of JR West. [1]

From the start of the 26 March 2016 timetable revision, the line was branded the "Momotaro Line" (桃太郎線). [2]

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編[Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Japan: JTB. p. 96. ISBN   4-533-02980-9.
  2. 岡山・福山エリアの主な路線に「路線記号」「ラインカラー」を導入します [Line codes and line colours to be introduced on main lines in Okayama and Fukuyama areas]. News release (in Japanese). Japan: West Japan Railway Company. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.