Higashi-Oiwake Station

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Higashi-Oiwake Station Station
Higashi-Oiwake Station 20040729.jpg
General view of the station, July 2004
Prefecture Hokkaido
(See other stations in Hokkaido)
District Yūfutsu
Town Abira
Rail services
Station number(s) K16
Operator(s) JR Hokkaido
Line(s) Sekisho Line

Higashi-Oiwake Station (東追分駅 Higashi-Oiwake-eki?) is a railway station on the Sekisho Line in Abira, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido).


Higashi-Oiwake Station is served by the Sekisho Line, and is numbered "K16".

Station layout[edit]

The station consists of two side platforms serving two tracks.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Sekisho Line
Oiwake - Kawabata

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.[1][2]

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.[2]

Future plans[edit]

In September 2015, it was announced that JR Hokkaido planned to close this station in March 2016.[3]


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