Marine Liner on the Honshi-Bisan Line
|Locale||Okayama, Kagawa prefectures|
|Owner||JR West, JR Shikoku|
|Operator(s)||JR West, JR Shikoku, JR Freight|
|Line length||31.0 km (19.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
The Honshi-Bisan Line (本四備讃線 Honshi-Bisan-sen) is a Japanese railway line which connects Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture with Utazu in Kagawa Prefecture. It is owned and operated jointly by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku). The line is the central section of the Seto-Ōhashi Line, a service connecting Okayama and Takamatsu; as a result, the Honshi-Bisan Line is rarely referred to by itself, but rather as a part of the larger Seto-Ōhashi Line service.
The 13km Chayamachi - Kojima section opened on 20 March 1988, and the 18km Kojima - Utazu on 10 April 1988 in conjunction with the opening of the Seto-Ohashi Bridge system.
This provided the first rail connection between Honshu and Shikoku, prior to this passengers traveled via the Uno Line and train ferry to Takamatsu.
The opening of the line also facilitated electrification of the Yosan Line between Takamatsu and Matsuyama, enabling direct services from both cities to Okayama.
- Operators, distances:
- Gauge: 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge
- Stations: 6
- Double-tracked section: Entire line
- Electrification: 1500 V DC
- Railway signalling: Centralized Traffic Control (CTC)
- Maximum speed:
- Chayamachi – Kojima: 130 km/h (80 mph)
- Kojima – Utazu: 120 km/h (75 mph)
- CTC center:
- Chayamachi – Kojima: Okayama Transport Control Center
- Kojima – Utazu: Takamatsu Control Center
|Border between JR West and JR Shikoku|
|Utazu||宇多津||31.0||Yosan Line||Utazu, Ayauta District||Kagawa|
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