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Limited Express Yakumo
|Locale||Okayama and Tottori Prefectures|
Ibara Railway (between Kiyone and Sōja)
|Rolling stock||115 series
|Line length||138.4 km (86.0 mi)|
|No. of tracks||2 (Kurashiki – Bitchū-Takahashi)
2 (Ikura – Ishiga)
2 (Niimi – Nunohara)
1 for rest of line
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||200 m|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (70 mph) – 120 km/h (75 mph)|
The Hakubi Line (伯備線 Hakubi-sen?) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in the mountainous area of the Chūgoku region of Japan. It begins at the south end of Okayama Prefecture at Kurashiki Station in Kurashiki, passing through Niimi Station on the west side of Niimi, and terminating at Hōki-Daisen Station in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, linking Okayama Prefecture and Yonago across the Chūgoku Mountains. The Hakubi Line follows the Takahashi River between Kurashiki and Niimi, and the Hino River between Shōyama and Hōki-Daisen.
The Okayama office of JR West has jurisdictional control over operations between Kurashiki and Niizato stations, with the Yonago branch office picking up control between Kami-Iwami and Hōki-Daisen Station. The boundary is midway between Niizato and Kami-Iwami Stations. The line color for the portion covered by the Okayama office is vermillion orange, while the section covered by the Yonago office is the standard blue.
|Kurashiki||倉敷||0.0||Sanyō Main Line
Mizushima Main Line (Kurashiki-shi Station)
|Hōki-Daisen||伯耆大山||138.4||Sanin Main Line||Yonago|
The Hakubi Line was constructed as a generally south to north line. The north section opened on 10 August 1919 with the line between Hōki-Mizoguchi and Hōki-Daisen. The Hakubi South Line was created in 1925, with service between Shisawa (now Gōkei) and Kurashiki. In 1926, the line was extended through Ashidachi. The following two years brought more station openings with the line extending through Bitchū-Kawamo in 1927, and the section the connection between the north and south segments being made in 1928.
- 10 August 1919: The Hakubi North Line opens between Hōki-Mizoguchi and Hōki-Daisen Stations.
- 25 March 1922: The Hakubi North Line opens between Hōki-Mizoguchi and Ebi Stations.
- 10 July 1922: The Hakubi North Line opens between Ebi and Neu Stations.
- 10 November 1922: The Hakubi North Line opens between Neu and Kurosaka Stations.
- 28 November 1923: The Hakubi North Line opens between Kurosaka and Shōyama Stations.
- 6 December 1924: The Hakubi North Line opens between Shōyama and Kami-Iwami Stations.
- 17 February 1925: The Hakubi South Line opens between Kurashiki and Shisawa Station (now Gōkei Station).
- 1 April 1925: The Hakubi North Line opens at Kamisuge Station.
- 17 May 1925: The Hakubi South Line opens between Shisawa and Minagi Stations.
- 20 June 1926: The Hakubi South Line opens between Minagi and Kinoyama Stations.
- 1 December 1926: The Habuki North Line opens between Kami-Iwami and Ashidachi Stations.
- 31 July 1927: The Hakubi South Line opens between Kinoyama and Bitchū-Kawamo Stations.
- 25 October 1928: Service starts between Bitchū-Kawamo and Ashidachi stations. The line is completed and renamed to Hakubi Line.