Hankyū Imazu Line
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|Hankyu Imazu Line|
Takarazuka Grand Theater and Imazu Line (north section) train
|Line length||9.3 km (5.8 mi)|
|No. of tracks||Double|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead lines|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Imazu Line (今津線 Imazu-sen?) is a 9.3 km long commuter rail line in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan owned and operated by the private railway operator Hankyu Railway. It is the longest of three branchlines of the Hankyu Kobe Line. The line connects the cities of Nishinomiya and Takarazuka.
The Takarazuka - Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi section opened in 1921, 1435mm gauge electrified at 600 VDC, and was duplicated the following year. The Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi - Imazu section opened in 1926 as dual track. The voltage was increased to 1500 VDC in 1967.
The Imazu Line runs between Imazu Station and Takarazuka Station. However, no trains run directly from one end to the other because the tracks have split since 1984 at Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station, where the line crosses the Kobe Line. Typical Imazu Line trains stop every station between Imazu and Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi (south section) or Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi and Takarazuka (north section).
A small number of trains, called Semi-Express (junkyū), run from Takarazuka Station to Umeda Station (Hankyu's main terminal in Osaka) on weekdays not via the Takarazuka Line, but via the Imazu Line and the Kobe Line. Semi-Express trains of this route do not stop at Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station because of the layout of the track in the station; there is no platform for through trains. The distance between Takarazuka and Umeda stations via the Imazu Line is shorter than the route via the Takarazuka line.
- All stations are in Hyōgo Prefecture
- S: Semi-Express
- E: Express (Rinji-Kyūkō)
- Pass: |
- Hanshin Main Line at Imazu
- Hankyu Kobe Line at Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi
- Hankyu Takarazuka Line at Takarazuka
- Fukuchiyama Line at Takarazuka
Attractions along the line
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia