Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line
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|Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line|
A 6000 series EMU on a "Local" service for Hibarigaoka-Hanayashiki
|Line length||24.5 km (15.2 mi)|
|No. of tracks||Quad (Umeda - Jūsō)
Double (Jūsō - Takarazuka)
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead lines|
|Operating speed||100 km/h (62 mph)|
The Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line (阪急宝塚本線 Hankyū Takarazuka Honsen?) is a Japanese railway line operated by the private railway operator Hankyu Railway. It connects Umeda Station in downtown Osaka with Takarazuka Station in Takarazuka, Hyogo.
The Takarazuka Main Line is commonly called the Takarazuka Line (宝塚線 Takarazuka sen?) for short, but the name Takarazuka Line is sometimes used as the name for the network composed of the main line and the branches.
The line has numerous sharp curves from the line's origins as a tramway, built and opened by its predecessor Minoo Arima Electric Tramway (箕面有馬電気軌道 Minoo Arima Denki Kido?). The sharp curves have long hindered high speed operation, contrasting to the Hankyu's other main lines, Kobe and Kyoto.
The Minoo Arima Electric Railway Co. opened the entire line in 1910 as 1435mm gauge dual track, electrified at 600 VDC.
In 1969 the voltage was raised to 1500 VDC.
Former connecting lines
- Hanayashiki station - In 1928 the Hanshin Electric Express Railway Co. (a predecessor of Hankyu) opened Japan's first trolley bus 1km to Shin-Hanayashiki. As this was a new concept, it was called a 'trackless train' (being electrified at 600 VDC). The poor ride (on solid tyres), unreliability and damage to the local roads resulted in the closure of the service in 1932.
- Local (普通 Futsū?) (L)
- All-stations service
- Semi-Express (準急 Junkyū?) (SE)
- From Takarazuka to Umeda on weekday mornings
- Commutation Semi-Express (通勤準急 Tsūkin Junkyū?) (CSE)
- Simply "Semi-Express" in English information, operated through to and from the Minoo Line on weekday mornings.
- Express (急行 Kyūkō?) (Ex)
- Commutation Express (通勤急行 Tsūkin Kyūkō?) (CE)
- Simply "Express" in English, operated on weekday mornings.
- Limited Express (特急日生エクスプレス Tokkyū Nissei Express?) (LE)
- From Nissei-Chūō on Nose Electric Railway to Umeda in the morning and vice versa on weekday evenings.
- O: Trains stop.
- |: Trains pass.
- ^: one direction
|HK-01||Umeda||梅田||O||O||O||O||O||Kita-ku, Osaka||Osaka Prefecture|
- 1000 series EMU (from 28 November 2013)
- 3000 series EMU
- 5100 series EMU
- 6000 series EMU
- 7000 series EMU
- 8000 series EMU
- 9000 series EMU
- Nose Electric Railway 6000 series EMU
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia
- 阪急電鉄、新型車両1000系営業運転開始－ファンに見守られ梅田駅出発 [New Hankyu 1000 series trains enter service - Departure from Umeda Station seen off by railfans]. Umeda Keizai Shimbun (in Japanese). Japan: Riccrea, Inc. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.