Higashi-Oiwake Station

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Higashi-Oiwake Station
Higashi-Oiwake Station 20040729.jpg
Higashi-Oiwake Station in July 2004
Location Abira, Yūfutsu District, Hokkaido
Operated by JR logo (hokkaido).svg Hokkaido Railway Company
Line(s) Sekisho Line
Distance 21.6 km from Minami-Chitose
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Status Closed
Station code K16
Opened 1 March 1965 (1965-03-01)
Closed 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
Higashi-Oiwake Station is located in Japan
Higashi-Oiwake Station
Higashi-Oiwake Station
Location within Japan

Higashi-Oiwake Station (東追分駅?, Higashi-Oiwake-eki, lit. "East Oiwake Station") was a railway station on the Sekisho Line in Abira, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). Opened in 1965, it closed in March 2016.


Higashi-Oiwake Station was served by the Sekisho Line, and was situated 21.6 km from the starting point of the line at Minami-Chitose Station.[1] The station was numbered "K16".

Station layout[edit]

The station had two side platforms serving two tracks.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Sekisho Line
Oiwake - Kawabata


The station opened on 1 March 1965.[1] With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR Hokkaido.[1]

February 2012 freight train derailment[edit]

At around 20:50 on 16 February 2012, a freight train derailed at the station after passing a signal at red and colliding with the wall of a snow shelter close to the station.[2][3]

The up container freight train from Kushiro Freight Terminal to Sapporo Freight Terminal was normally scheduled to pass the station non-stop, but on this occasion faced a red signal to allow it to pass the delayed down Super Ōzora 13 service in the opposite direction. The driver reportedly applied the brakes, but the train failed to stop and was derailed by the catch points protecting the single-track line, hitting the wall of a snow shelter protecting the junction. The JR Freight Class DF200 diesel locomotive and four of the container wagons in the train were derailed, but the lone 25-year-old driver was uninjured. Six train services were cancelled as a result.[3]


In September 2015, it was announced that JR Hokkaido planned to close this station in March 2016.[4] The station closed following the last day of services on 25 March 2016.[5]

See also[edit]


  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]. II. Japan: JTB. p. 838. ISBN 4-533-02980-9. 
  2. ^ JR石勝線:貨物列車が壁に衝突 4両が脱線 けが人なし [JR Sekisho Line: Freight train hits wall - 4 wagons derailed, no injuries]. Mainichi.jp (in Japanese). Japan: The Mainichi Newspapers. 16 February 2012. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b ブレーキ利かず?貨物列車が脱線…北海道 [Brake failure? Freight train derails in Hokkaido]. Yomiuri Online (in Japanese). Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. [dead link][dead link]
  4. ^ 八雲・鷲ノ巣、安平・東追分、根室・花咲 JR、3駅廃止を伝達 小幌駅は存続へ協議 [JR announces closure of 3 stations (Washinosu in Yakumo, Higashi-Oiwake in Abira, Hanasaki in Nemuro) - Discussions to keep Koboro Station open]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 2 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2 September 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  5. ^ 根室線花咲など8駅廃止、79本減便 JR北海道がダイヤ改正 [JR Hokkaido introduces revised timetable - 8 stations closed and 79 services cut]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 26 March 2016. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

Coordinates: 42°54′09″N 141°49′57″E / 42.9024°N 141.8325°E / 42.9024; 141.8325