|Line length||27.3 km (17.0 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
The Hakushin Line (白新線, Hakushin-sen) is a Japanese railway line which runs between Niigata and Shibata stations in the cities of Niigata and Shibata in Niigata Prefecture. It is part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network.
As of March 2018[update], the following services are operated.
|Name||Route||Service frequency (daily)|
|Limited Express Inaho||Niigata – Shibata – Sakata/Akita (Uetsu Main Line)||7 return trips|
|Rapid Benibana||Niigata – Shibata – Yonezawa (Yonesaka Line)||1 return trip|
|Rapid Rakuraku-Train-Murakami||Niigata – Shibata – Murakami (Uetsu Main Line)||1 down trip in evening|
|Rapid||Niigata – Shibata – Murakami (Uetsu Main Line)||1 down trip in morning, 1 up trip in evening|
|Rapid Kirakira Uetsu||Niigata – Shibata – Sakata (Uetsu Main Line)||1 return trip (only weekends)|
|Shibata||新発田||3.0||27.3||●||■Uetsu Main Line||◇|
The first section opened on 23 December 1952 was the 12.3 km line between Shibata Station and Kuzutsuka Station (now Toyosaka Station). On 15 April 1956, the line was extended 14.9 km from Kuzutsuka to Niigata.
The line was electrified at 1,500 V DC in 1972, and double-tracked in sections between 1978 and 1981.