Hankai Uemachi Line

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Uemachi Line
Hankai Tramway ja02.jpg
Uemachi Line tram
Overview
Type tram
Locale Osaka
Termini Tennoji-ekimae
Sumiyoshikoen
Stations 11
Services 2
Operation
Opening September 20, 1900
Operator(s) Hankai Tramway, Co., Ltd.
Depot(s) Abikomichi
Technical
Line length 4.6 km (2.9 mi)
Track length 4.6 km (2.9 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge (1910–)
Old gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) (–1908)
Electrification 600 V, DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 40 km/h (25 mph) (street running)
50 km/h (31 mph) (on exclusive track)

The Uemachi Line (上町線 Uemachi-sen?) is a tramway line of Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. in Osaka, Japan.

History[edit]

  • September 20, 1900 – Osaka Horse Rail Co. (大阪馬車鉄道, Osaka Basha Tetsudo) from Tennoji-nishimon-mae to Higashi-Tengachaya was opened, with 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge rails.
  • November 29, 1900 – The line was extended from Higashi-Tengachaya to Kamisumiyoshi (Present: Kaminoki).
  • December 27, 1902 – The line was extended from Kamisumiyoshi to Shimosumiyoshi (Later: Sumiyoshijinja-mae, Present: Sumiyoshi).
  • 1907 – Renamed "Osaka Densha Rail Co." (大阪電車鉄道), then "Naniwa Densha Tram Co." (浪速電車軌道).
  • February 1, 1908 – The line was abandoned for the gauge conversion to standard gauge and electrification.
  • December 24, 1909 – Nankai Railway consolidated Naniwa Densha Tram, then became the Uemachi Line.
  • October 1, 1910 – The Uemachi Line was reopened after the completion of the gauge conversion and electrification. Tram operations were restarted between Tennoji-nishimon-mae and Sumiyoshijinja-mae.
  • January 19, 1911 – Through operation to Osaka Municipal Tram started.
  • January 12, 1912 – Through operation to Osaka Municipal Tram ended.
  • July 12, 1913 – The Uemachi Line is extended from Sumiyoshijinja-mae to Sumiyoshi (Present: Sumiyoshikoen).
  • December 24, 1921 – The Uemachi Line from Tennoji-nishimon to Tennoji-ekimae became the line of Osaka Municipal Tram.
  • June 1, 1944 – Kansai Kyuko Railway Co. and Nankai Railway Co. were consolidated and became Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. (present: Kintetsu Corporation).
  • June 1, 1947 – Kinki Nippon divided rails of the former Nankai Lines to Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd., and the Uemachi Line became one of the lines of the Osaka Tram Line, as well as the Hankai Line and the Hirano Line.
  • 1980 – After the final operation of the Hirano Line on November 27, the Uemachi Line and the Hankai Line were transferred to Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. on December 1.
  • July 4, 2009 – Through operation between Tennoji-ekimae and Hamadera-ekimae restarted.
  • February 2, 2013 – Tennoji-ekimae Station became the only station from which trams go to Hamadera-ekimae.[history 1]
  1. ^ "2月2日(土)にダイヤ改正を実施します" [Diagram Revision on Saturday, February 2, 2013] (in Japanese). Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. January 18, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 

Operations[edit]

  • Trams are operated between Tennoji-ekimae and Sumiyoshikoen or between Tennoji-ekimae and Hamadera-ekimae on the Hankai Line.

Stations[edit]

Uemachi Line route map
0.9 Tennōji (Shitennō-ji)-1921
0.7 Chausuyama-1921
Koen-higashimon
0.2 Tennoji-ekimae (1)
JR West: Osaka Loop Line
JR West: Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)
Tennoji Midosuji logo.png Tanimachi logo.png
JR West: Hanwa Line
Nankai: Tennoji Branch Line
Osaka Abenobashi
Kintetsu: Minami-Osaka Line
0.0 HN01 Tennoji-ekimae (2)
0.2 Tokiwadōri
0.5 HN02 AbenoTanimachi logo.png
Nankai: Hirano Line
0.9 Nakamichi
1.2 HN03 Matsumushi
1.6 HN04 Higashi-Tengachaya
2.3 HN05 Kitabatake
2.7 HN06 Himematsu
3.1 HN07 Tezukayama-sanchōme
3.4 HN08 Tezukayama-yonchōme
Nankai: Koya Line
Sumiyoshihigashi
3.8 HN09 Kaminoki
4.4 HN10 Sumiyoshi
Hankai Line
4.6 HN11 Sumiyoshikoen
Sumiyoshitaisha
Nankai: Nankai Line

Station numbers are in parentheses.[numbering 1]

Current section
Tennoji-ekimae (HN01) - Tokiwadōri - Abeno (HN02) - Nakamichi - Matsumushi (HN03) - Higashi-Tengachaya (HN04) - Kitabatake (HN05) - Himematsu (HN06) - Tezukayama-sanchōme (HN07) - Tezukayama-yonchōme (HN08) - Kaminoki (HN09) - Sumiyoshi (HN10) - Sumiyoshikōen (HN11)
Through section on the Hankai Line
Sumiyoshi (HN10) - Sumiyoshi-toriimae (HN12) - Hosoigawa (HN13) - Anryumachi (HN14) - Abikomichi (HN15) - Yamatogawa (HN16) - Takasu-jinsha (HN17) - Ayanocho (HN18) - Shimmeicho (HN19) - Myokokuji-mae (HN20) - Hanataguchi (HN21) - Oshoji (HN22) - Shukuin (HN23) - Terajicho (HN24) - Goryomae (HN25) - Higashi-Minato (HN26) - Ishizu (HN28) - Funao (HN29) - Hamadera-ekimae (HN31)
Dealt section to Osaka City (later abandoned)
Tennōji (near Shitennō-ji) - Chausuyama - Kōen-higashimon
Abandoned section
Kōen-higashimon - Tennoji-eki-mae
  1. ^ "阪堺電車全停留場に駅ナンバリングを導入します" [We will introduce the station numbering system at all stops on the Hankai Tramway Lines] (in Japanese). Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. February 23, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 

Connections[edit]

Tennoji-ekimae Tennoji Station: West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line), JR West Hanwa Line, JR West Osaka Loop Line, Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line, Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line
Osaka Abenobashi Station: Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line
Abeno Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line
Tezukayama-sanchome Tezukayama Station: Nankai Railway Koya Line
Kaminoki Sumiyoshihigashi Station: Nankai Railway Koya Line
Sumiyoshi Hankai Line
Sumiyoshikoen Sumiyoshitaisha Station: Nankai Railway Nankai Main Line