Keikyū Daishi Line

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Keikyu 1500 approaching Higashi Monzen.JPG
A 1500 series 4-car set on the Keikyu Daishi Line, January 2012
Overview
Native name 京急大師線
Type Commuter rail
Locale Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Termini Keikyū Kawasaki
Kojimashinden
Stations 7
Operation
Opening 1899
Owner Keikyu
Technical
Line length 4.5 km (2.8 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 60 km/h (35 mph)

The Keikyu Daishi Line (京急大師線 Keikyū Daishi-sen?) is a 4.5 km (2.8 mi) railway line in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Keikyu. It connects Keikyu Kawasaki Station and Kojimashinden Station, both located in Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki.

Service patterns[edit]

Keikyu Daishi Line services are operated only by 4-car electric multiple unit (EMU) trains, stopping at all stations between Keikyū Kawasaki and Kojimashinden. During the weekday off-peak, trains run at 10-minute intervals, increased to 5-minute intervals during the morning and evening peaks.

Stations[edit]

No. Station name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
KK20 Keikyu Kawasaki 京急川崎 0.0 Keikyū Main Line Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki
KK21 Minatochō 港町 1.2
KK22 Suzukichō 鈴木町 2.0
KK23 Kawasaki-Daishi 川崎大師 2.5
KK24 Higashi-Monzen 東門前 3.2
KK25 Sangyō-Dōro 産業道路 3.8
KK26 Kojimashinden 小島新田 4.5

History[edit]

A train passing the abandoned Rokugōbashi Station in July 2011

The line was opened on 21 January 1899 by the Daishi Electric Railway (大師電気鉄道?), as a standard gauge line electified at 600 V DC, between Kawasaki Station (later renamed Rokugōbashi Station (六郷橋駅?), which closed in 1949) and Daishi Station (later renamed Kawasaki-Daishi Station).[1] The company was renamed Keihin Electric Railway (京浜電気鉄道?) on 25 April 1899.[1] The line was double-tracked over its entire length from 29 November the same year,[1] and extended from Rokugōbashi Station to the present-day Keikyu Kawasaki Station on 1 September 1902.[1]

In 1904, the line was regauged to 1372 mm in conjunction with the regauging of the Keikyu Main Line, and was returned to standard gauge in 1933.[citation needed]

The line was extended to Sakuramoto in 1945, and the overhead line voltage was raised from the original 600 V DC to 1,500 V DC on 16 March 1951 except for the Shiohama - Sakuramoto section, which was transferred to the Kawasaki Streetcar Co. and operated as a tramway.[1]

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1956, and in 1964 the Kojimashinden - Shiohama section was closed to allow for the construction of the Tokaido Freight Line.[citation needed]

Former connecting lines[edit]

In 1925, the Coast Electric Railway opened a 10 km, dual track 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in) gauge freight-only line from Daishi Station to Sojiji, electrified at 600 V DC. Loss of traffic as a result of the economic depression resulted in the company merging with the Tsurumi Port Railway in 1930, which then commenced passenger services. The line closed in 1937.[citation needed]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ a b c d e Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 232. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 

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