Hidaka Main Line
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|Hidaka Main Line|
Hidaka Main Line local train at Samani Station
|Line length||146.5 km (91.0 mi)|
|No. of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Hidaka Main Line (日高本線 Hidaka-honsen ) is a railway line in Hokkaido operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), between Tomakomai Station in Tomakomai and Samani Station in Samani, running through the coast of Hidaka Subprefecture.
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|
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The line was first opened in 1913 by the Tomakomai Light Railway (苫小牧軽便鉄道 Tomakomai Keiben Tetsudō ), operating between Tomakomai and Saruta (now Tomikawa), and the line between Saruta and Atsuga was opened in 1924 by the Hidaka Takushoku Railway (日高拓殖鉄道 Hidaka Takushoku Tetsudō ), both funded by the Oji Paper Company in Tomakomai. The two lines were light railways with a track gauge of 762 mm (2 ft 6 in). The lines were nationalized in 1927, and merged into one, becoming the Hidaka Line. The track gauge was widened in 1929 and 1931, and the line was extended to Samani in 1937. There was a plan to link the Hidaka Main Line with the Hiroo Line (広尾線), via Cape Erimo. The plan never came into reality, however, and the Hiroo Line closed in 1987.