The Hitahikosan Line (日田彦山線, Hitahikosan-sen) is a railway line in Japan, operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu). It connects Jōno Station in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture with Yoake Station in Hita, Ōita Prefecture. The line is named after Hita and Mount Hiko.

Hitahikosan Line
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Overview
TypeRegional rail
LocaleKyushu
TerminiJōno
Yoake
Stations23
Operation
Opened1899
OwnerJR Kyushu
Technical
Line length68.7 km (42.7 mi)
Number of tracksSingle
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationNone
Route map
Hitahikosan Line

StationsEdit

●: Stops, |: non-stop
Station Distance
(km)
Rapid Transfers Location
Hitahikosan Line
Jōno JI  04  0.0 Nippō Main Line Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyūshū Fukuoka Prefecture
Ishida JI  05  3.3  
Shii Kōen JI  06  5.1 Kitakyushu Monorail (Kikugaoka Station) - 400 m away
Shii JI  07  6.8  
Ishiharamachi JI  08  9.0  
Yobuno JI  09  12.3  
Saidōsho JI  10  18.1   Kawara
Kawara JI  11  23.4  
Ipponmatsu JI  12  25.0  
Tagawa Ita JI  13  27.4 Heisei Chikuhō Railway Ita Line, Tagawa Line Tagawa
Tagawa Gotōji JI  14  30.0 Gotōji Line
Heisei Chikuhō Railway Itoda Line
Ikejiri 32.2   Kawasaki
Buzen Kawasaki 34.7  
Nishi Soeda 38.3   Soeda
Soeda 39.5  
Kanyūsha Hikosan 41.6    
Buzen Masuda 43.2    
Hikosan 47.2    
Chikuzen Iwaya 55.1     Tōhō
Daigyōji 59.3    
Hōshuyama 61.3    
Ōtsuru 62.9     Hita Ōita Prefecture
Imayama 65.4    
Yoake 68.7   Kyūdai Main Line

HistoryEdit

The Toyo-shu Railway Co. opened the Tagawa-Ita - Buzen Kawasaki section as part of the Tagawa Line in 1899. That company merged with the Kyushu Railway Company in 1901, which extended the line to Soeda in 1903. The company was nationalised in 1907.

The Jono - Tagawa-Ita section was opened in 1915 by the Kokura Railway Co., that company being nationalised in 1943. The Soeda - Daigyoji section opened between 1937 and 1946, and the Daigyoji - Yoake section opened in 1956.

CTC signalling was introduced on the entire line in 1984. Freight service ceased beyond Tagawa-Gotōji in 1986, and totally in 1999.

Typhoon damageEdit

On 5 July 2017, torrential rainfall damage resulted in the closure of the section between Kanyusha Kikosan and Hita, with a proposed re-opening date currently unknown.

Former connecting linesEdit

Buzen Kawasaki Station: The 26 km Kamiyamada Line opened from Iizuka (on the Chikuho Main Line) to Shimoyamada in 1898, extended to Kamiyamada in 1929 and to Buzen Kawasaki (as a passenger-only section) in 1966. Freight services ceased in 1980, and the line closed in 1988. This line had two connections:

  • A 2 km 3 ft (914 mm) gauge line from Okuma (16 km from Buzen Kawasaki) - Okumamachi operated between 1924 and 1933.
  • The 8 km Urushio line from Shimokamoo (14 km from Buzen Kawasaki) - Shimayamada (connecting to the Gotoji Line) opened in 1943, and closed in 1986.

Soeda station - The Ogura Railway Co. opened a line to Ipponmatsu in 1915. The line was nationalised in 1943 and closed in 1985.

ReferencesEdit

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.