Kisuki Line

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Kisuki Line
JRW series120 Kisuki.jpg
KiHa 120 DMUs on the Kisuki Line, April 2012
Overview
Native name 木次線
Type Regional rail
Locale Shimane and Hiroshima Prefectures
Termini Shinji
Bingo Ochiai
Stations 18
Operation
Opening 1932
Owner JR West
Operator(s) JR West
Technical
Line length 81.9 km (50.9 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed 75 km/h (45 mph)
Route map
LeftSanin Main LineRight
0.0 Shinji
LeftSanin ExpresswayRight
3.6 Minami Shinji
8.7 Kamonaka
11.8 Hataya
13.9 Izumo Daitō
17.5 Minami Daitō
21.1 Kisuki
24.8 Hinobori
31.5 Shimokuno
37.4 Izumo Yashiro
41.5 Izumo Minari
45.9 Kamedake
52.3 Izumo Yokota
56.3 Yakawa
63.3 Izumo Sakane
69.7 Miinohara
Shimane/Hiroshima border
75.3 Yuki
81.9 Bingo Ochiai
DownGeibi LineRight

The Kisuki Line (木次線 Kisuki-sen?) is a railway line in Japan operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The 81.9 km (50.9 mi) line connects Shinji in Matsue, Shimane with Bingo Ochiai in Shōbara, Hiroshima.

Stations[edit]

Station Japanese Between (km) Distance (km) Connections Location
Shinji 宍道 - 0.0 Sanin Main Line Matsue Shimane Prefecture
Minami Shinji 南宍道 3.6 3.6  
Kamonaka 加茂中 5.1 8.7   Unnan
Hataya 幡屋 3.1 11.8  
Izumo Daitō 出雲大東 2.1 13.9  
Minami Daitō 南大東 3.6 17.5  
Kisuki 木次 3.6 21.1  
Hinobori 日登 3.7 24.8  
Shimokuno 下久野 6.7 31.5  
Izumo Yashiro 出雲八代 5.9 37.4   Okuizumo
Nita District
Izumo Minari 出雲三成 4.1 41.5  
Kamedake 亀嵩 4.4 45.9  
Izumo Yokota 出雲横田 6.4 52.3  
Yakawa 八川 4.0 56.3  
Izumo Sakane 出雲坂根 7.0 63.3  
Miinohara 三井野原 6.4 69.7  
Yuki 油木 5.6 75.3   Shōbara, Hiroshima
Bingo Ochiai 備後落合 6.6 81.9 Geibi Line

Rolling stock[edit]

History[edit]

The line opened on 18 December 1932, operating between Kisuki and Izumo Minari.[1] This was extended northward to Shinji on 1 August 1934, and southward to Yakawa on 20 November 1934, with the entire line between Shinji and Bingo Ochiai completed on 12 December 1937, including a switch-back at Izumo Sakane.[1]

With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the line was transferred to the control of JR West.[1]

Freight services ceased in 1982 and CTC signalling was commissioned on the entire line in 2001.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ a b c Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] I. Japan: JTB. p. 100. ISBN 4-533-02980-9.