Kintetsu Dōmyōji Line

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Dōmyōji Line
Yamato river01s3200.jpg
Kintetsu 6400 series train crossing the Yamato River on the Dōmyōji Line, February 2007
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Locale Osaka Prefecture
Termini Dōmyōji
Kashiwara
Stations 3
Services 1
Operation
Opening March 24, 1898
Owner Kintetsu Corporation
Operator(s) Kintetsu Corporation
Depot(s) Furuichi
Technical
Line length 2.2 km (1.4 mi)
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 65 km/h (40 mph)
Route diagram
UpDownMinami-Osaka Line
0.0 Dōmyōji
UpMinami-Osaka LineRight
1.0 Yamatobashi1911-1924
Yamato River
1.6 Kashiwara-minamiguchi1924-
JR-W: LeftKansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)Down
2.2 Kashiwara

The Dōmyōji Line (道明寺線 Dōmyōji-sen?) is a single-tracked, 2.2 km short railway line operated by Kintetsu Corporation, connecting Dōmyōji Station in the city of Fujiidera and Kashiwara Station in Kashiwara, both in Osaka Prefecture.

History[edit]

The line is the oldest in the Kintetsu railway network. Initially steam powered, the line was built and opened in 1898 by the Kayō Railway (河陽鉄道 Kayō Tetsudō?), whose plan was to connect towns of southern Kawachi Province to the then main line of Osaka Railway (大阪鉄道 Osaka Tetsudō?),[1] present-day Kansai Main Line.

In the following year, the whole railway from Kashiwara to Tondabayashi[2] was transferred to Kanan Railway (河南鉄道 Kanan Tetsudō?), who extended the line to Nagano (present Kawachi-Nagano) in 1902.

With its name changed to Osaka Railway (大阪鉄道 Osaka Tetsudō?)[1] in 1919, the company built its own railway directly to Osaka's downtown, diverting at Dōmyōji. The new line opened in 1923 to Osaka Tennōji (大阪天王寺?) (present Ōsaka Abenobashi) with 1500V DC electrified, the first in Japan. Then the railway line between Dōmyōji and Kashiwara became a short branch line of the network.

In 1943, the predecessor of Kintetsu, Kansai Kyuko Railway (関西急行鉄道 Kansai Kyūkō Tetsudō?) merged the company. In 1944 it renamed itself Kintetsu.

Operation[edit]

All trains are operated as locals between Dōmyōji and Kashiwara. One set of two-car EMU serves the line all day.

Stations[edit]

All stations are in Osaka Prefectuure.

For distances and connections, see diagram.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Osaka Railway. The first was responsibly constructed Minatomachi (湊町?) (present JR Namba) — Nara of presesnt Kansai Main Line, in 1900 merged to Kansei Railway (関西鉄道 Kansei Tetsudō?, also read Kwansai or Kansai), nationalized in 1907. The second was the successor of the Kanan Railway, apart from the first.
  2. ^ Presently the entire stretch of Dōmyōji Line and part of Minami-Osaka Line and Nagano Line