Kintetsu Nagoya Line

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     Kintetsu Nagoya Line
Kintetsu21020Series03.jpg
21010 series EMU for Limited Express trains
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Locale Aichi Prefecture, Mie Prefecture
Termini Kintetsu-Nagoya
Ise-Nakagawa
Technical
Line length 78.8 km (49.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Old gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
(until 1959)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph)

The Kintetsu Nagoya Line (近鉄名古屋線 Kintetsu Nagoya-sen?) is a railway line operated by the Japanese private railway company Kintetsu, connecting Nagoya and Ise Nakagawa Station in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture via Kuwana, Yokkaichi, Suzuka, Tsu municipalities along the Ise Bay. The official origin of the line is Ise-Nakagawa and the end is Nagoya, however, operationally trains "down" from and "up" to Nagoya.

The line approximately parallels the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) Kansai Main Line, the Ise Railway, and the JR Central Kisei Main Line, all thre offering rapid service from Nagoya to Ise.

At Ise-Nakagawa, the line has connections to Osaka Line to Uehommachi and Kintetsu Namba Stations of downtown Osaka, and to Yamada Line to Ujiyamada Station and beyond Toba Station on Yamada Line and Kashikojima Station of Shima Line, to provide touristic access to scenic Shima Penisnsula and Ise Shrine.

Services[edit]

 LO  Local (普通 futsū)

Up For Shiratsuka, Yokkaichi, Nagoya
Down For Tomiyoshi, Yokkaichi, Shiratsuka, Ise-Nakagawa
(Locals stop at every station.)


 SE  Semi-Express (準急 junkyū)

Up For Nagoya
Down For Tomiyoshi, Yokkaichi


 EX  Express (急行 kyūkō)

Up For Nagoya
Down For Ise-Nakagawa, Matsusaka, Ujiyamada, Toba


 LE  Limited Express (特急 tokkyū)

Up For Nagoya
Down For Osaka Namba; via Nabari and Yamato-Yagi (Kashihara)
Down For Ujiyamada, Toba, Kashikojima
(Seat reservations and limited express fee required.)


 NS  Non-stop Limited Express (ノンストップ特急 nonsutoppu tokkyū)

Up For Nagoya
Down For Osaka Namba
Down For Kashikojima
(Trains for Osaka Namba run every hour.)
(Trains for Kashikojima run once a day on weekends.)
(Seat reservations and limited express fee required.)

 SV  Premium Express Shimakaze (しまかぜ Shimakaze)[1]

Up For Nagoya
Down For Kashikojima
(Trains for Kashikojima run once a day except on Wednesday with some exceptions.)
(Seat reservations, limited express fee and special vehicle fee required.)

Stations[edit]

Legend
Trains stop here
Trains stop here sometimes
| Trains do not stop here
Station Distance (km) Transfers LO SE EX LE NS SV Location
Kintetsu-Nagoya 近鉄名古屋 0.0 Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Tōkaidō Main Line, Chūō Main Line, Kansai Main Line
Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line
Higashiyama Line, Sakura-dōri Line
Aonami Line
Nakamura-ku, Nagoya Aichi Prefecture
Komeno 米野 1.1 | | | | |
Kogane 黄金 2.1 | | | | |
Kasumori 烏森 2.8 | | | | |
Kintetsu-Hatta 近鉄八田 3.8 Kansai Main Line
Higashiyama Line
| | | | |
Fushiya 伏屋 6.4 | | | | | Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya)
Toda 戸田 8.4 | | | | |
Kintetsu-Kanie 近鉄蟹江 9.7 | | | Kanie
Tomiyoshi 富吉 12.1 | | | |
Sakogi 佐古木 13.7 | | | | Yatomi
Kintetsu-Yatomi 近鉄弥富 16.1 Kansai Main Line
Meitetsu Bisai Line
| | |
Kintetsu-Nagashima 近鉄長島 19.5 | | | | Kuwana Mie Prefecture
Kuwana 桑名 23.7 Kansai Main Line
Yōrō Railway Yōrō Line
Hokusei Line
| |
Masuo 益生 24.8 | | | |
Ise-Asahi 伊勢朝日 27.4 | | | | Asahi
Kawagoe Tomisuhara 川越富洲原 30.0 | | | | Kawagoe
Kintetsu-Tomida 近鉄富田 31.6 Sangi Railway Sangi Line | | | Yokkaichi
Kasumigaura 霞ヶ浦 33.5 | | | |
Akuragawa 阿倉川 34.6 | | | |
Kawaramachi 川原町 35.7 | | | |
Kintetsu-Yokkaichi 近鉄四日市 36.9 Kintetsu Yunoyama Line, Kintetsu Utsube Line |
Shinshō 新正 38.1   | | | |
Miyamado 海山道 39.6 | | | |
Shiohama 塩浜 40.8 | | |
Kita-Kusu 北楠 42.6 | | | |
Kusu 44.2 | | | |
Nagonoura 長太ノ浦 45.6 | | | | Suzuka
Mida 箕田 47.0 | | | |
Ise-Wakamatsu 伊勢若松 48.3 Kintetsu Suzuka Line | | |
Chiyozaki 千代崎 50.1 | | | |
Shiroko 白子 52.9 | |
Tsuzumigaura 鼓ヶ浦 54.1 | | | |
Isoyama 磯山 56.0 | | | |
Chisato 千里 57.9 | | | | Tsu
Toyotsu-Ueno 豊津上野 59.8 | | | |
Shiratsuka 白塚 61.7 | | | |
Takadahonzan 高田本山 64.1 | | | |
Edobashi 江戸橋 65.3 | | |
Tsu 66.5 Kisei Main Line
Ise Railway Ise Line
|
Tsu-shimmachi 津新町 68.8 | | |
Minamigaoka 南が丘 71.5 | | | |
Hisai 久居 74.0 | |
Momozono 桃園 75.5 | | | |
Ise-Nakagawa 伊勢中川 78.8 Kintetsu Osaka Line, Kintetsu Yamada Line | | Matsusaka

History[edit]

The first section, between Shiroko and Takadahonzan, was opened in 1915 by an independent railway operator Ise Electric Railway (伊勢電気鉄道 Ise Denki Testudō?) with rail gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in). The line was extended to Tsu-shinmachi and Kusu in 1917, and to (now) Kintetsu-Yokkaichi in 1922, the line being electrified at 1500 VDC in 1926. It was extended as an electrified line to Kuwana in 1929, and to Ise-Nakagawa the following year.

In 1936 the line was acquired by the Sangu Express Railway Co., which duplicated the Kuwana - Kusu section in 1938, the year that the Kansai Express Railway Co. opened the Nagoya - Kuwana section as electrified dual track.

In 1940 the Sangū Kyūkō Electric Railway (参宮急行電鉄 Sangū Kyukō Dentetsu?) merged with the Kansai Express Railway Co., a predecessor of Kintetsu.

The Kusu - Hisai section was duplicated between 1937 and 1955, and the dual tracking of the line was completed in 1972 with duplication of the Hisai - Ise-Nakagawa section.

Gauge conversion[edit]

After the acquisition of a 1435mm connection to Osaka, Kintetsu passengers to that destination needed to change trains due to the difference of gauges. In 1959 the disastrous Ise-wan Typhoon destroyed the line and Kintetsu decided to convert to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge (standard gauge) with the reconstruction, the standard of the company to enable direct operation between Osaka and Nagoya. Today a number of Limited Express trains between Osaka and Nagoya, and between Nagoya and Ise and Shima area are operated.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Kuwana station - The 762mm gauge Sangi Railway Hokusei Line 1km section to Kuwana Kyobashi operated between 1913 and 1961, being electrified in 1930 at 600 VDC, and boosted to 750 VDC in 1954.
  • Edobashi station - the Ise Electric Railway 39km 1067mm gauge line to Daijingumae opened between 1926 and 1930, and closed between 1943 and 1961.
  • Tsu-shimmachi station - The Anou Railway Co. operated a 14km 762mm gauge line to Mukumoto between 1914 and 1944. There was a 5 km branch to Katada operated from 1917 to 1927.
  • Hisai station - The Dainippon Railway Co. operated a 15km 762mm gauge line to Ise-Kawaguchi on the Meisho Line between 1925 and 1943.

Proposed connecting line[edit]

  • Toda station - The 1972 Nagoya regional transport plan proposed a subway (Line 5) from this station to Kurokawa. In 2008 it was determined the line was not economically viable.

References[edit]

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

  • "Kintetsu Special Issue (近畿日本鉄道特集号 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō Tokushū Gō?)". Railway Pictorial (鉄道ピクトリアル?) 313. 1975. 
  • "Kinki Nippon Railway (近畿日本鉄道?)". JTB Timetable (JTB時刻表?) 82 (4): p.838. 2006.