Kure Line
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Kure Line
Kure Line
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Setouchi Marine View
The Setouchi Marine View tourist trainset
Overview
Other name(s)Setouchi Sazanami Line (Mihara to Hiro)
Native name
LocaleHiroshima Prefecture
TerminiMihara
Kaitaichi
Stations28
Operation
Opened27 December 1903 (1903-12-27)
OwnerJR logo (west).svg JR West
Operator(s)JR logo (west).svg JR West
Technical
Line length87.0 km (54.1 mi)
Track gauge
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed95 km/h (59 mph)

The Kure Line (, 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.

Special trains

A 115 series train on an Akiji Liner service
  • Akiji Liner: Runs the section between Hiroshima Station to Kure Station in about 30 minutes.
  • Setouchi Marine View: Sightseeing train operated since October 1, 2005

Stations

Name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Mihara 0.0 Sany? Shinkansen
Sany? Main Line
Mihara Hiroshima
Sunami 5.1  
Akisaizaki ? 11.8  
Tadanoumi 17.2   Takehara
Akinagahama ? 20.0  
?nori 21.8  
Takehara 25.3  
Yoshina 30.0  
Akitsu 34.7   Higashihiroshima
Kazahaya 37.9  
Yasuura 44.2   Kure
Ato 48.7  
Akikawajiri ? 52.8  
Nigata 57.6  
Hiro ? 60.2  
Shin-Hiro 61.5  
Akiaga ? 62.9  
Kure ? 67.0  
Kawaraishi 68.7  
Yoshiura 71.0  
Karugahama ? 72.2  
Tenn? 74.3  
Kure-Portopia 75.6  
Koyaura 77.1   Saka,
Aki District
Mizushiri 79.3  
Saka ? 81.8  
Yano 84.4   Aki-ku, Hiroshima
Kaitaichi 87.0 Sany? Main Line Kaita, Aki District

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

  • Closed Kawaraishi Station on December 1, 1940.
  • Renamed Mitsuuchinoumi Station to Yasuura Station on May 1, 1946.
  • Renamed Akimitsu Station to Akitsu Station on December 20, 1949.
  • Re-opened Kawaraishi Station on August 1, 1958.
  • Closed temporary stations (Karyugahama Station and Akihamasaki Station) on August 1, 1967.
  • Electrified the rail way on September 15, 1970.
  • Stopped cargo services on December 1, 1986.
  • Privatized as JR West on April 1, 1987.
  • Opened Kure-Portopia Station on March 19, 1992.
  • Opened Akinagahama Station on October 1, 1994.
  • Opened Karugahama Station and Mizushiri Station and moved Kawaraishi Station on February 7, 1999.
  • Opened Shinhiro Station on March 23, 2002.

References

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

  1. ^ "JR227" [JR West to introduce 227 series DC suburban trains in Hiroshima area]. The Page (in Japanese). Japan: Wordleaf Corporation. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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