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|Line length||27.3 km (17.0 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
The Hakushin Line (白新線 Hakushin-sen) is a Japanese railway line which runs between Niigata and Shibata stations in the cities of Niigata and Shibata in Niigata Prefecture. It is part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network.
- Operators, distances:
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) (Services and tracks)
- Niigata – Shibata: 27.3 km (17.0 mi)
- Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) (Services only)
- Kami-Nuttari Junction – Shibata: 25.4 km (15.8 mi)
- Double-tracking: Niigata – Niizaki
- Railway signalling: ATS-Ps
- Limited express, Rapid
As of March 2018[update], the following services are operated.
|Name||Route||Service frequency (daily)|
|Limited Express Inaho||Niigata – Shibata – Sakata/Akita (Uetsu Main Line)||7 return trips|
|Rapid Benibana||Niigata – Shibata – Yonezawa (Yonesaka Line)||1 return trip|
|Rapid Rakuraku-Train-Murakami||Niigata – Shibata – Murakami (Uetsu Main Line)||1 down trip in evening|
|Rapid||Niigata – Shibata – Murakami (Uetsu Main Line)||1 down trip in morning, 1 up trip in evening|
|Rapid Kirakira Uetsu||Niigata – Shibata – Sakata (Uetsu Main Line)||1 return trip (only weekends)|
- Niigata - Toyosaka: every 20 minutes
- Toyosaka - Shibata: every 60 minutes (every 20 minutes during peaks)
- All stations are located in Niigata Prefecture.
|Shibata||新発田||3.0||27.3||●||■Uetsu Main Line||◇|
- ◇ - Single-track; station where trains can pass
- ^ - Double-track section starts from this point
- ∥ - Double-track
- ∨ - Single-track section starts from this point
- E129 series 2/4-car EMUs (since December 2014)
- E653 series 7-car EMUs (Inaho limited express, since September 2013)
- 115 series 2/3/4-car EMUs (until March 2018)
- E127 series 2-car EMUs (until March 2015)
- 485 series 6-car EMUs (Inaho, until July 2014)
- 165 series
- 70 series
The first section opened on 23 December 1952 was the 12.3 km line between Shibata Station and Kuzutsuka Station (now Toyosaka Station). On 15 April 1956, the line was extended 14.9 km from Kuzutsuka to Niigata.
The line was electrified at 1,500 V DC in 1972, and double-tracked in sections between 1978 and 1981.
- This article incorporates material translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese language Wikipedia.
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- Stations of the Hakushin Line (JR East) (in Japanese)