Hankyu Senri Line

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     Hankyu Senri Line
Shin-Kanzakigawa Bridge 1.JPG
Senri Line train crossing the Kanzaki River (between Shimo-Shinjō Station and Suita Station), April 2013
Overview
Locale Kansai
Termini Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchōme
Kita-senri
Stations 11
Operation
Operator(s) Hankyu Railway
Depot(s) Shojaku
Technical
Line length 13.6 km (8.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
Hankyu map.svg

The Hankyu Senri Line (阪急千里線 Hankyū Senri-sen?) is a railway line in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, operated by Hankyu Railway. It was completed on March 1, 1967. Through trains operate to and from the Hankyu Kyoto Line and the Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line.

History[edit]

The Kita-Osaka Electric Railway opened the Awaji - Senriyama section (1435 mm gauge, dual track) electrified at 600 VDC in 1921.

The Shin-Keihan Railway took the control of the railway in 1923. The Awaji - Tenjimbashi (present-day Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchōme) section opened in 1925 (1435 mm gauge, dual track), electrified at 600 VDC, and in 1928 the voltage was increased to 1500 VDC. With the terminal at Tenjimbashi, this section was a part of the main line of the Shin-Keihan Railway (later the Shin-Keihan Line of the Keihan Electric Railway) connecting Kyoto and Osaka.

The Senriyama - Shin-Senriyama (now Minami-Senri) section opened in 1963, and was extended to Kita-Senri in 1967 (both dual track and electrified). These extensions were to serve the newly developed Senri New Town.

After the Shinkeihan lines were merged to Hankyu in 1943, the role of Tenjimbashi Station as the terminal was gradually shifted to Umeda, the terminal built by Hankyu, and ended in 1969 when the through-running from Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchōme (replacing the old terminal with a single underground platform) to the Osaka Subway Sakaisuji Line commenced. In 1970, the line was one of major access routes to Expo '70 with the temporary Expo West Gate Station.

Service types[edit]

In the timetable revised on December 21, 2013,[1] regular trains are classified in three types:

  • Local (普通 futsū?)
  • Sakaisuji Semi-Express (堺筋準急 sakaisuji junkyū?) ("SS")
  • Limited Express "Hozu" (直通特急 ほづ chokutsū tokkyū?) ("H") - in spring and autumn

Stations[edit]

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) SS H Transfers Location
Operations continue to Tengachaya Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line.
K11 Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchōme 天神橋筋六丁目 0.0 SS H Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line (K11, through trains), Tanimachi Line (T18) Kita-ku, Osaka
HK-87 Kunijima 柴島 2.2   Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka
HK-63 Awaji 淡路 3.5 SS H
HK-88 Shimo-Shinjō 下新庄 4.4    
HK-89 Suita 吹田 6.0   Suita, Osaka
HK-90 Toyotsu 豊津 6.9  
HK-91 Kandai-mae 関大前 7.8  
HK-92 Senriyama 千里山 8.6  
HK-93 Minami-Senri 南千里 10.2  
HK-94 Yamada 山田 11.6 Osaka Monorail Main Line
HK-95 Kita-Senri 北千里 13.6  

Abandoned stations[edit]

  • Nagara (Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome - Kunijima) - abandoned on February 1, 1944
  • Suita (first) (Shimo-Shinjo - Shiyakusho-mae) - consolidated to Shiyakisho-mae Station on April 10, 1964 and Shiyakusho-mae Station was renamed Suita Station.
  • Kadancho (Toyotsu - Daigaku-mae) - consolidated to Kandai-mae Station on April 10, 1964
  • Daigaku-mae (Kadancho - Senriyama) - consolidated to Kandai-mae Station on April 10, 1964
  • Expo West Gate (Minami-Senri - Kita-Senri) - used from November 10, 1969 until September 14, 1970

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ News release on September 20, 2013 - Hankyu Corporation