Kansai Main Line
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|Kansai Main Line|
KiHa 120 diesel car on a rural section
|Line length||179.6 km (111.6 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead line
(Nagoya–Kameyama, Kamo–JR Namba)
|Operating speed||120 km/h (75 mph)
95 km/h (59 mph)
(Kawarada–Nara, Tennoji–JR Namba)
The Kansai Main Line (関西本線 Kansai-honsen?, also called the "Kansai Line") is a railway line in Japan, which connects Nagoya Station with JR Namba Station in Osaka. It is jointly run by the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West), with the boundary between both companies being located at Kameyama Station in Kameyama, Mie.
The section from Kamo Station west to JR Namba Station is electrified and a part of the JR West "Urban Network", and is nicknamed the Yamatoji Line. The JR Central section from Nagoya to Kameyama is also electrified.
Despite its name, for much of its length it is a very local line with mainly single track sections and no regular express services. The line was originally built in the 1890s by Kansai Railway (later under the Japanese Government Railways and Japanese National Railways) as an alternate route from south Osaka to Nara and Nagoya, but competition from the Kintetsu lines and declining ridership forced the line to become two commuter lines to Osaka and Nagoya respectively, with a less-used section in the middle.
Formerly a Kasuga limited express train went the whole of the Kansai Main Line, but this service was discontinued in March 2006.
JR Central (Nagoya - Kameyama)
- S: Trains stop
- |: Trains pass
- Local trains stop at all stations.
|Station||Japanese||Semi Rapid||Rapid||Rapid Mie||Transfers||Location|
|Nagoya||名古屋||S||S||S||Nakamura-ku, Nagoya||Aichi Prefecture|
|Kanie||蟹江||S||||||||Kanie, Ama District|
|Asahi||朝日||S||||||||Asahi, Mie District|
|Kawano||河曲||S||S||Ise Railway Ise Line||Suzuka|
JR West (Kameyama - Kamo)
All stations between Kameyama and Kamo featured passing double tracks.
|Kameyama||亀山||JR Central Kansai Main Line (for Nagoya), Kisei Main Line||Kameyama||Mie Prefecture|
|Iga-Ueno||伊賀上野||Iga Railway Iga Line|
|Tsukigaseguchi||月ケ瀬口||Minamiyamashiro, Soraku District||Kyoto Prefecture|
|Kasagi||笠置||Kasagi, Soraku District|
|Kamo||加茂||JR West Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)||Kizugawa|
JR West (Kamo - JR Namba)
- See the Yamatoji Line article for the train types and stopping patterns on this section.
- Stations on this section
- Kamo - Kizu - Narayama - Nara - Kōriyama - Yamato-Koizumi - Hōryūji - Ōji - Sangō - Kawachi-Katakami - Takaida - Kashiwara - Shiki - Yao - Kyūhōji - Kami - Hirano - Tōbu-shijō-mae - Tennōji - Shin-Imamiya - Imamiya - JR Namba
- 101 series
- 113 series
- 165 series
- 213-5000 series
- KiHa 17
- KiHa 35
- KiHa 50
- KiHa 51
- KiHa 55
- KiHa 58
- KiHa 65
- KiHa 81
- KiHa 82
- Ise Railway Ise I
- Ise Railway Ise II
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