Chikuhi Line

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Map of Japan with the Chikuhi Line highlighted in red
A 103 series EMU on the Chikuhi Line, December 2005

The Chikuhi Line (筑肥線 Chikuhi-sen?) is a railway line in Kyushu, Japan, connecting Meinohama Station in Fukuoka, Fukuoka (and via a subway through service, Fukuoka itself) to Karatsu Station in Karatsu, Saga, and from Yamamoto Station in Karatsu to Imari Station in Imari, Saga. Trains from Karatsu to Imari use the Karatsu Line to Yamamoto.

Route data[edit]

  • Operators and distances
    • JR Kyushu
      • From Meinohama to Karatsu: 42.6 km (26.5 mi)
      • From Yamamoto to Imari: 25.7 km (16.0 mi)
  • Track gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Stations: 29
  • Double-track: From Meinohama to Chikuzen-Maebaru
  • Electrified track: Meinohama to Nishi-Karatsu only; Yamamoto to Imari is unelectrified

Stations[edit]

Meinohama to Karatsu/Nishi-Karatsu[edit]

●: Stops, |: Does not stop
Rapid Service: Stops at every station on the Kūkō Line
Station Japanese Distance
(km)
Rapid service stops Transfers Location
Weekdays Weekends
Chikuhi Line
Continues to Fukuokakūkō Station on the Kūkō Line
Meinohama 姪浜 0.0 Fukuoka City Subway: Kūkō Line (through service) Nishi-ku, Fukuoka Fukuoka
Shimoyamato 下山門 1.6  
Imajuku 今宿 5.2  
Kyūdai-Gakkentoshi 九大学研都市 6.8  
Susenji 周船寺 8.1  
Hatae 波多江 10.1   Itoshima
Chikuzen-Maebaru 筑前前原 12.7  
Misakigaoka 美咲が丘 14.3  
Kafuri 加布里 15.4  
Ikisan 一貴山 16.7  
Chikuzen-Fukae 筑前深江 20.1  
Dainyū 大入 23.3  
Fukuyoshi 福吉 26.1  
Shikaka 鹿家 30.2  
Hamasaki 浜崎 35.4   Karatsu Saga
Nijinomatsubara 虹ノ松原 37.5  
Higashi-Karatsu 東唐津 39.3  
Watada 和多田 40.9  
Karatsu 唐津 42.6 Karatsu Line (to Yamamoto/Saga)
Karatsu Line
Nishi-Karatsu 西唐津 44.8      

Yamamoto to Imari[edit]

Station Japanese Distance
(km)
Connecting lines Location
Yamamoto 山本 0.0 Karatsu Line Karatsu Saga
Hizen-Kubo 肥前久保 5.1  
Nishi-Ōchi 西相知 6.6  
Sari 佐里 8.2  
Komanaki 駒鳴 11.0   Imari
Ōkawano 大川野 12.9  
Hizen-Nagano 肥前長野 14.3  
Momonokawa 桃川 17.4  
Kanaishihara 金石原 19.7  
Kami-Imari 上伊万里 24.1  
Imari 伊万里 25.7 Matsuura Railway: Nishi-Kyūshū Line

Rolling stock[edit]

A fleet of six new 305 series 6-car electric multiple unit (EMU) commuter trains was introduced on the Chikuhi Line from February 2015.[2]

History[edit]

The Kita-Kyushu Railway Co. opened the Fukuyoshi - Hamasaki section in 1923, extending it west to Higashi-Karatsu (situated on the east bank of the Matsuura River, opposite the Karatsu Line on the west bank) in 1924 and east to Hakata in 1924 and 1925. The line was again extended west to Yamamoto where it junctioned with the Karatsu line (establishing Higashi-Karatsu as a reversing station in the process) in 1929, and to Imari in 1935. Diesel locomotives were introduced in 1933, and the company was nationalised in 1937.

In 1983, the Hakata - Meinohama section was closed and replaced by a link to the Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line, a new line from Nijinomatsubara to Karatsu opened (including a new station called Higashi-Karatsu, situated about 1.5 km southeast of the original station of that name) and the entire section was electrified at 1,500 V DC to allow through running to Fukuoka via the subway. At the same time, the original Nijinomatsubara - Yamamoto section closed. The Meinohama - Shimoyamato section was double-tracked in 1986, with double-tracking extended to Chikuzen-Maebaru in 1999 and 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b JR電車編成表 2014夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2014]. Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 30 May 2014. p. 220-221. ISBN 978-4-330-46614-9. 
  2. ^ "JR九州 筑肥線に305系通勤型直流電車投入" [JR Kyushu to introduce 305 series DC commuter trains on Chikuhi Line]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.