Corporate headquarters of Hanshin
Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (阪神電気鉄道株式会社 Hanshin Denki-tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese private railway company of Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group that links Osaka and Kobe. It also owns the Hanshin Tigers baseball team.
The second character for Osaka (大阪) and the first character for Kobe (神戸) combine to form the company name, 阪神, which can be read Han-shin.
IC cards (PiTaPa and ICOCA) are accepted when taking trains.
- The section between Nishikujō and Ōsaka-Namba is the newest line of Hanshin that opened on March 20, 2009. Prior to this extension the line was called the Nishi-Ōsaka Line.
- The tracks of the line are owned by Kobe Rapid Transit Railway Co., Ltd. as the Tozai Line.
- June 12, 1899: Settsu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (摂津電気鉄道株式会社 Settsu Denki-tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) was established.
- July 7, 1899: The company was renamed "Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd."
- April 7, 1968: Kobe Rapid Railway was opened and joint operation with Sanyo Electric Railway was started.
- February 15, 1998: Joint operation with Sanyo Electric Railway for limited express service between Umeda and Himeji was started.
- June 20, 2006: Hankyu Holdings, Inc. completed its purchase of a controlling interest in Hanshin in a transaction valued at about $2.2 billion.
- March 20, 2009: Joint operation with Kintetsu Corporation for Rapid Express service between Sannomiya and Kintetsu Nara was started.
- ^ "UPDATE 2-Hankyu takes over fellow railway operator Hanshin". Reuters. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2006-06-20.