Kintetsu Nara Line

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For the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Nara Line, see Nara Line.
Nara Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Locale Kansai
Termini Fuse
Kintetsu Nara
Stations 19
Operation
Opening April 30, 1914
Operator(s) Kintetsu Corporation
Depot(s) Higashi-Hanazono
Saidaiji
Technical
Line length 26.7 km (16.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 105 km/h (65 mph)
Kintetsu Nara Line
Lines of Kintetsu unless noted

Hanshin: Hanshin Namba Line (left)
Osaka Municipal Subway: Sennichimae Line (right)
JR West: Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)
JR Namba
Osaka Municipal Subway: Yotsubashi Line
6.1
0.0
Osaka Namba(Osaka Municipal Subway: Namba)
Osaka Municipal Subway: Midōsuji Line
Nankai: Nankai Main, Koya lines (Namba)
Namba Line
Osaka Municipal Subway: Sakaisuji Line
Nippombashi
5.3
0.8
Kintetsu Nippombashi
Osaka Municipal Subway: Tanimachi Line
Tanimachi Kyūchōme
4.1
2.0
Osaka Uehommachi
Osaka Line
JR West: Osaka Loop Line
3.0
3.1
Tsuruhashi
1.3
4.8
Imazato
0.0
6.1
Fuse
Nara Line←Osaka Line
JR West: Osaka Higashi Line
JR Kawachi-Eiwa
0.8
6.9
Kawachi-Eiwa
1.6
7.7
Kawachi-Kosaka
2.4
8.5
Yaenosato
Yaenosato Depotabandoned in 1967
Kinki Expressway
Tamagawa Workshopabandoned 1982
4.1
10.2
Wakae-Iwata
5.0
11.1
Kawachi-Hanazono
5.8
11.9
Higashi-Hanazono
Higashi-Hanazono Inspection Depot
7.0
13.1
Hyōtan-yama
8.3
14.4
Hiraoka
9.0
15.1
Nukata
Keihanna Line
10.1
16.2
Ishikiri
10.6
16.7
Kusaezakaabandoned in 1964
New Ikoma Tunnel (3,494m)
Ikoma Tunnel
↑Osaka/Nara↓
Ikoma Cable (Toriimae)
14.2
20.3
Ikoma
Ikoma Line
15.4
21.5
Higashi-IkomaHigashi-Ikoma Signal Box
Keihanna Line to Gakken Nara-Tomigaoka
Higashi-Hanazono Inspection Higashi-Ikoma Depot
New Ōtani Tunnel
17.7
23.8
Tomio
19.1
25.2
Gakuen-mae
20.1
26.2
Ayameike
Kyoto Line
22.3
28.4
Yamato-Saidaiji
Kashihara Line
Saidaiji Inspection Depot
(Extra) Camp Car1947-1951
25.0
31.1
Shin-Ōmiya
JR West: Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)
JR West: Kansai Main Line former route
25.9
32.0
Aburasakaabandoned in 1969
26.7
32.8
Kintetsu Nara

The Nara Line (奈良線 Nara sen?) is a Japanese railway line of Kintetsu Corporation (近畿日本鉄道 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō?) (Kintetsu for short). The line connects Fuse Station in eastern suburb of Osaka to Kintetsu Nara Station in the historic city of Nara, but operationally trains start at Kobe Sannomiya Station on the Hanshin Railway Main Line in Kobe, Amagasaki Station or Osaka Namba Station on the Namba Line in southern downtown Osaka, operating on Osaka Line to Fuse. The eastern satellite cities such as Higashiosaka and Ikoma are connected by the line. This line is the most direct between Osaka and Nara compared to the JR line.

History[edit]

The line was opened by Osaka Electric Railway Company (大阪電気軌道 Osaka Denki Kidō?) in 1914, dual track and electrified at 600 VDC.

In 1969 the voltage was increased to 1500 VDC, and in 1970 the Namba Line was opened, and the operational starting station of the Line moved to Kintetsu Namba Station, from Uehonmachi Station of Osaka Line.

Operation[edit]

Trains run to and from the Kintetsu Namba Line and the Hanshin Namba Line, and lead to Osaka Namba Station and Amagasaki Station, and Rapid Express trains also to Kobe Sannomiya Station on the Hanshin Main Line. Between Yamato-Saidaiji and Kintetsu Nara, through trains of the Kyoto Line also run.

Local trains
Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Osaka Namba - Higashi-Hanazono or Yamato-Saidaiji (partly Kintetsu Nara)
in the morning and the evening:Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Osaka Namba - Hyotan-yama or Higashi-Ikoma
partly: Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Osaka Namba - Ishikiri
partly: Yamato-Saidaiji - Kintetsu Nara
only one train: Ikoma → Yamato-Saidaiji (as the last connection from the last limited express train from Osaka for Nara)
Suburban Semi-Express trains
Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Osaka Namba - Yamato-Saidaiji or Kintetsu Nara
Semi-Express trains
Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Osaka Namba - Yamato-Saidaiji or Kintetsu Nara
Express trains, Limited Express trains
Osaka Namba - Kintetsu Nara
Rapid Express trains
Kobe Sannomiya (Hanshin) or Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Osaka Namba - Kintetsu Nara

Stations[edit]

  • S: Trains stop.
  • |: Trains pass.
  • *: Trains stop when the large events are held at Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
  • (LE): Limited express trains stop.
  • Local trains (普通, Futsū or 各駅停車, Kakueki teisha) stop at every station.
  • SSE: Suburban Semi-Express (区間準急 Kukan-Junkyū?)
  • SE: Semi-Express (準急 Junkyū?)
  • Ex: Express (急行 Kyūkō?)
  • RE: Rapid Express (快速急行 Kaisoku-Kyūkō?)
  • s: One rapid express train for Nara stop at Ayameike on the school days of Kinki University Elementary School and Kinki University Kindergarten.
Line name Station name SSE SE Ex RE Location
Hanshin Railway line
through section
Amagasaki Amagasaki   Kobe Sannomiya  
Namba Line Osaka Namba (LE) S S S S Chūō-ku,
Osaka
Osaka
Prefecture
Kintetsu Nippombashi S S S S
Osaka Uehommachi (LE) S S S S Tennoji-ku,
Osaka
Osaka Line
Tsuruhashi (LE) S S S S Ikuno-ku,
Osaka
Imazato | | | |
Fuse S S S | Higashi-Osaka
Nara Line
Kawachi-Eiwa | | | |
Kawachi-Kosaka
(Osaka University of Commerce, Osaka Shoin Women's University)
S S | |
Yaenosato | | | |
Wakae-Iwata | | | |
Kawachi-Hanazono | | | |
Higashi-Hanazono
(Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium)
S S * *
Hyōtan-yama S | | |
Hiraoka S | | |
Nukata S | | |
Ishikiri S S S |
Ikoma (LE) S S S S Ikoma Nara
Prefecture
Higashi-Ikoma
(Tezukayama University Higashi-Ikoma Campus)
S S | |
Tomio S S | | Nara
Gakuen-mae (LE)
(Tezukayama Gakuen)
S S S S
Ayameike S S | s
Yamato-Saidaiji (LE) S S S S
Shin-Ōmiya S S S S
Kintetsu Nara (LE) S S S S

References[edit]

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