Kishin Line

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Kishin Line
JRW kinki-K.svg
JRW series127 Kishin.jpg
A Himeji-bound KiHa 127 series train
Overview
Native name姫新線
StatusIn operation
OwnerJR West
Locale Hyōgo Prefecture and Okayama Prefecture
TerminiHimeji
Niimi
Stations36
Service
Operator(s) JR West
Rolling stock KiHa 40 series DMU, KiHa 120 series DMU, KiHa 122/127 series DMU
History
Opened1923
Technical
Line length158.1 km (98.2 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
CharacterRural
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed100 km/h (62 mph) (HimejiKōzuki)
85 km/h (53 mph) (KōzukiNiimi)

Kishin Line (姫新線, Kishin-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) between Himeji, Hyōgo and Niimi, Okayama, Japan. The name of the line comes from the first kanji of Himeji () and Niimi () which the line connects.

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Stations

NameDistance (km)RapidTransfersLocation
Himeji 姫路0.0  

Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
JRW kinki-A.svg Sanyō Main Line (JR Kobe Line)
JRW kinki-J.svg Bantan Line
Number prefix San-yo Railway line.png Sanyo Railway Main Line (SY 43: Sanyo Himeji)

Himeji Hyōgo
Harima-Takaoka 播磨高岡3.8   
Yobe 余部6.1   
Ōichi 太市9.9   
Hon-Tatsuno 本竜野14.9    Tatsuno
Higashi-Hashisaki 東觜崎17.8   
Harima-Shingū 播磨新宮22.1   
Sembon 千本27.6   
Nishi-Kurisu 西栗栖31.2   
Mikazuki 三日月36.6    Sayō,
Sayō District
Harima-Tokusa 播磨徳久42.5   
Sayo 佐用45.9S  Chizu Express Chizu Line
Kōzuki 上月50.9S  
Mimasaka-Doi 美作土居57.6s   Mimasaka Okayama
Mimasaka-Emi 美作江見63.0S  
Narahara 楢原66.4s  
Hayashino 林野70.4S  
Katsumada 勝間田74.3S   Shōō,
Katsuta District
Nishi-Katsumada 西勝間田77.3s  
Mimasaka-Ōsaki 美作大崎79.3s   Tsuyama
Higashi-Tsuyama 東津山83.7S  JRW san-B.svg Inbi Line
Tsuyama 津山86.3SS JRW oka-T.svg Tsuyama Line
Innoshō 院庄90.8 s 
Mimasaka-Sendai 美作千代95.6 S 
Tsuboi 坪井98.3 S 
Mimasaka-Oiwake 美作追分103.9   Maniwa
Mimasaka-Ochiai 美作落合110.9 S 
Komi 古見114.6 s 
Kuse 久世118.9 S 
Chūgoku-Katsuyama 中国勝山123.8 S 
Tsukida 月田128.6 S 
Tomihara 富原134.7 s 
Osakabe 刑部141.2 S  Niimi
Tajibe 丹治部145.0 s 
Iwayama 岩山149.8 s 
Niimi 新見158.1 S

JRW san-V.svg Hakubi Line
JRW hiro-P.svg Geibi Line

Rolling stock

New KiHa 122 and KiHa 127 series diesel multiple units (DMUs) were introduced on the line between Himeji and Kōzuki from spring 2009. Journey times were reduced from spring 2010 after the entire fleet of new trains had been delivered. [1]

History

The first section of the line opened was from Tsuyama to the north in 1923, and the line was progressively extended until it reached Niimi in 1929. The section from Himeji opened in stages from 1930, and the line was completed in 1936.

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1986, and freight services ceased the following year.

Former connecting lines

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References

  1. キハ122、127系気動車の新製投入について Archived 2009-01-15 at the Wayback Machine , JR West press release, 26 August 2008. Retrieved on 27 August 2008. (in Japanese)