Kure Line

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Kure Line
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The Setouchi Marine View tourist trainset
Overview
Other name(s)Setouchi Sazanami Line (Mihara to Hiro)
Native name呉線
Locale Hiroshima Prefecture
Termini Mihara
Kaitaichi
Stations28
Operation
Opened27 December 1903 (1903-12-27)
Owner JR logo (west).svg JR West
Operator(s) JR logo (west).svg JR West
Technical
Line length87.0 km (54.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed95  km/h (59  mph)

The Kure Line (呉線, Kuresen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) within Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. It begins at Mihara Station in Mihara and terminates at Kaitaichi Station in Kaita. It is one of the main lines of JR West. The section between Mihara Station to Hiro Station is branded the "Setouchi Sazanami Line" (Seto Inland Sea Ripple Line) as the sightseeing line. On the section between Mihara Station and Hiro Station, most trains operate from Hiro Station through Mihara Station to Itozaki Station. On the section between Hiro Station and Kaitaichi Station, most trains operate from Hiro Station through Kaitaichi Station to Hiroshima Station or Iwakuni Station.

Contents

Special trains

A 115 series train on an Akiji Liner service JRW-115-2000EC-hiroshima.jpg
A 115 series train on an Akiji Liner service

Stations

The Kure Line is entirely within Hiroshima Prefecture.

LineNo.NameJapaneseDistance (km)TransfersLocation
Kure LineY31 Mihara 三原0.0 Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
JRW oka-X.svg JRW hiro-G.svg Sanyō Main Line
Mihara
Y30 Sunami 須波5.1 
Y29 Akisaizaki 安芸幸崎11.8 
Y28 Tadanoumi 忠海17.2  Takehara
Y27 Akinagahama 安芸長浜20.0 
Y26 Ōnori 大乗21.8 
Y25 Takehara 竹原25.3 
Y24 Yoshina 吉名30.0 
Y23 Akitsu 安芸津34.7  Higashihiroshima
Y22 Kazahaya 風早37.9 
Y21 Yasuura 安浦44.2  Kure
Y20 Ato 安登48.7 
Y19 Akikawajiri 安芸川尻52.8 
Y18 Nigata 仁方57.6 
Y17 Hiro 60.2 
Y16 Shin-Hiro 新広61.5 
Y15 Akiaga 安芸阿賀62.9 
Y14 Kure 67.0 
Y13 Kawaraishi 川原石68.7 
Y12 Yoshiura 吉浦71.0 
Y11 Karugahama かるが浜72.2 
Y10 Tennō 天応74.3 
Y09 Kure-Portopia 呉ポートピア75.6 
Y08 Koyaura 小屋浦77.1  Saka,
Aki District
Y07 Mizushiri 水尻79.3 
Y06 Saka 81.8 
Y05 Yano 矢野84.4  Aki-ku, Hiroshima
Y04 Kaitaichi 海田市87.0 JRW hiro-G.svg Sanyō Main Line Kaita, Aki District
Sanyō Main Line
Y03 Mukainada 向洋89.3 Fuchū, Aki District
Y02 Tenjingawa 天神川91.1 Minami-ku, Hiroshima
Y01 Hiroshima 広島93.4 Shinkansen jrw.svg San'yō Shinkansen
JRW hiro-R.svg Sanyō Main Line
JRW hiro-P.svg Geibi Line
Hiroden Main Line;
Route 1, 2, 5, 6;

Rolling stock

New 2- and 3-car 227 series electric trains are scheduled to be introduced on the Kure Line from around 2015, replacing older 115 series trains. [1]

History

The Kaitashi - Kure section was opened as a private line in 1903, and leased to the Sanyo Railway Co. the following year, before being nationalised in 1906. Individual section opening dates are given below.

The Mihara - Sunami section opened in 1930, and the two sections were connected in 1935. Work to duplicate the line at Kure commenced in 1940, but was abandoned due to material shortages in 1945.

The entire line was electrified in 1970, and freight services ceased in 1986.

Kure Line

Sango Line

Integration

After integration

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References

  1. "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.