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     Hachinohe Line

Umineko local train at Hachinohe Station
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Aomori, Iwate prefectures
Termini Hachinohe
Kuji
Stations 25
Operation
Opened 1894
Owner JR East
Rolling stock KiHa 40 series, KiHa 48 series DMUs
Technical
Line length 64.9 km (40 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) Cape gauge
Electrification None
Route map

JRHachinohe Line linemap.svg

The Hachinohe Line (八戸線 Hachinohe-sen ?) is a railway line in Japan linking Hachinohe Station in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture and Kuji Station in Kuji, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The line stretches 106.9 km along the Pacific Ocean coast with a total of 25 stations. The section between Hachinohe and Same stations is also known as the Umineko Rail Hachinohe-Shinai Line (うみねこレール八戸市内線 ?). The Hachinohe Line is operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

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Basic data

History

The Hachinohe Line began in 1891 as the Nippon Railway, which connected Ueno in Tokyo with Aomori in Aomori Prefecture. This line later became the Tōhoku Main Line. However, the route bypassed the center of Hachinohe.

In 1894, a spur line connecting Shiriuchi (now Hachinohe) on the Tōhoku Main Line with Hachinohe (now Hon-Hachinohe was completed. This line was soon extended south to the now-defunct Minato Station. After the nationalization of Nippon Railway in 1907, the spur line was re-named the Hachinohe Line in 1909. From 1924, the line's name was written with its current characters, and the southern terminus of the line was extended to Taneichi in Iwate Prefecture. The following year it reached Rikuchū-Yagi, and in 1930 it reached its present southern terminus of Kuji where it connected to the Sanriku Railway Kita-Riasu Line, which links Kuji with Miyako in southern Iwate. Freight operations were phased out at most stations between 1982 and 1986.

With the privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1987, the Hachinohe Line came under the control of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), with remaining freight operations transferred to the Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) at Hachinohe Freight Terminal. Between 2004 and 2005, with increasing automation and pressure to cut costs, most stations on the Hachinohe Line became unattended. A new centralized traffic control system came online in 2005.

Stations

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers   Location
Between
Stations
Total
Hachinohe 八戸 - 0.0 JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line
Aoimori Railway Line (some through services)
Hachinohe Aomori
Naganawashiro 長苗代 3.4 3.4  
Hon-Hachinohe 本八戸 2.1 5.5  
Konakano 小中野 1.8 7.3  
Mutsu-Minato 陸奥湊 1.7 9.0  
Shirogane 白銀 1.3 10.3  
Same 1.5 11.8  
Mutsu-Shirahama 陸奥白浜 1.3 17.5  
Tanesashi-Kaigan 種差海岸 2.1 19.6  
Ōkuki 大久喜 2.2 21.8  
Kanehama 金浜 3.0 24.8  
Ōja 大蛇 1.0 25.8   Hashikami, Sannohe District
Hashikami 階上 1.7 27.5  
Kadonohama 角の浜 2.0 29.5   Hirono, Kunohe District Iwate
Hiranai 平内 2.6 32.1  
Taneichi 種市 2.1 34.2  
Tamagawa 玉川 3.9 38.1  
Shukunohe 宿戸 1.9 40.0  
Rikuchū-Yagi 陸中八木 3.1 43.1  
Uge 有家 2.7 45.8  
Rikuchū-Nakano 陸中中野 2.6 48.4  
Samuraihama 侍浜 6.0 54.4   Kuji
Rikuchū-Natsui 陸中夏井 7.3 61.7  
Kuji 久慈 3.2 64.9 Sanriku Railway: Kita-Riasu Line
Legend
◇, ∨, ∧ - Trains can pass each other at this station
| - Trains cannot pass

See also

References

  • Harris, Ken and Clarke, Jackie. Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group (2008). ISBN 0710628617

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