Hakata-Minami Line

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Hakata-Minami Line
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700-7000 series set on the Hakata-Minami Line, June 2004
Overview
Type Shinkansen
Locale Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Termini Hakata
Hakata-Minami
Stations 2
Operation
Opening 1990
Owner JR West
Depot(s) Hakata Shinkansen Depot
Rolling stock 500-7000 series, 700-7000 series, N700-7000/8000 series
Technical
Line length 8.5 km (5.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC 60 Hz overhead catenary
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph)

The Hakata-Minami Line (博多南線 Hakataminami-sen?) is an 8.5 km long railway line in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, connecting Hakata Station in Fukuoka with Hakata-Minami Station in Kasuga. It is operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West).[1]

Service[edit]

Although the line uses Shinkansen equipment, trains are officially designated as limited express trains. In practice, however, many services are extensions of Sanyo Shinkansen Kodama services. The Kyushu Shinkansen, opened on 12 March 2011, shares part of the route.

The trip from Hakata to Hakata-Minami takes ten minutes and costs ¥290.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

History[edit]

The line was originally opened in March 1975 to transport Sanyō Shinkansen trains from the Hakata terminal to Hakata Depot in Kasuga. At that time, Kasuga was a rural region and did not merit a train station of its own. By the late 1980s, however, the area had become a sprawling suburb of Fukuoka. JR decided to build a station adjacent to the depot, and inaugurated service on 1 April 1990 with 0 Series Shinkansen trains.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "新幹線なのに在来線" [Shinkansen Lines that are Conventional Lines]. Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd.) (467): p.67. March 2000. 
  2. ^ JR Timetable, August 2008 issue