Hidaka Main Line
|Hidaka Main Line|
A local train on the Hidaka Main Line between Okaribe and Seppu in October 2011
|Line length||146.5 km (91.0 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Old gauge||762 mm (2 ft 6 in)|
The Hidaka Main Line (日高本線 Hidaka-honsen?) is a railway line in Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), between Tomakomai Station in Tomakomai and Samani Station in Samani, running along the coast of Hidaka Subprefecture. Services on the 116 km section of the line beyond Mukawa Station have been suspended indefinitely since January 2015 due to storm damage.
All regular trains stop at all stations.
|Tomakomai||苫小牧||0.0||■ Muroran Main Line||Tomakomai|
|Hama-atsuma||浜厚真||22.7||Atsuma, Yūfutsu District|
|Hama-taura||浜田浦||27.0||Mukawa, Yūfutsu District|
|Tomikawa||富川||43.6||Hidaka, Saru District|
|Ōkaribe||大狩部||71.1||Niikappu, Niikappu District|
|Shizunai||静内||82.1||Shinhidaka, Hidaka District|
|Ogifushi||荻伏||120.2||Urakawa, Urakawa District|
|Utoma||鵜苫||141.1||Samani, Samani District|
The first section was opened in October 1913 by the Tomakomai Light Railway (苫小牧軽便鉄道 Tomakomai Keiben Tetsudō?), operating between Tomakomai and Sarufuto (佐瑠太?) (present-day Tomikawa). The section between Sarufuto and Shizunai was operated by the by the Hidaka Takushoku Railway (日高拓殖鉄道 Hidaka Takushoku Tetsudō?). Both lines were light railways with a track gauge of 762 mm (2 ft 6 in).
The lines were nationalized on 1 August 1927, and merged into one, becoming the Hidaka Line. The track gauge was widened to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) between Tomakomai and Sarufuto on 26 November 1929, and between Sarafuto and Shizunai on 10 November 1931. The line was extended from Shizunai to Hidaka-mitsuishi on 15 December 1933, to Urakawa on 24 October 1935, and to Samani on 10 August 1937.
Following storm damage between Atsuga and Ōkaribe stations on 8 January 2015, rail services have been suspended on the 116 km section beyond Mukawa station, with buses providing a substitute service. Further damage was caused to the line by Typhoon 17 on 12 September 2015, and no date has been set for the resumption of rail services beyond Mukawa. In December 2016, JR Hokkaido announced that it had abandoned plans to reopen the suspended section of the line, and was in discussion with the local governments involved.
- 日高本線・鵡川～様似間の復旧を断念 JR北海道、地元と協議へ [JR Hokkaido abandons reopening of Hidaka Main Line between Mukawa and Samani]. Traffic News (in Japanese). Japan: Mediavague Co. Ltd. 22 December 2016. Archived from the original on 22 December 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Japan: JTB. p. 128. ISBN 4-533-02980-9.
- 日高線 厚賀～大狩部間 67k506m 付近における盛土流出について [Trackbed damage on Hidaka Line between Atsuga and Ōkaribe] (pdf). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Hokkaido Railway Company. 13 January 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017.