Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line

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     Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line
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70 series linear motor EMU
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Osaka Municipal Subway
Termini Taisho
Kadoma-minami
Stations 17
Line number 7
Operation
Opening March 31, 1990
Operator(s) Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau
Depot(s) Tsurumi, Tsurumi-ryokuchi-kita
Rolling stock 70 series EMUs
Technical
Line length 15.0 km (9.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed 70 km/h (43 mph)

The Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line (長堀鶴見緑地線 Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi-sen?) is an underground rapid transit system in Osaka, Japan, operated by the Osaka Municipal Subway. It was the first linear motor rapid transit line constructed in Japan. Its official name is Rapid Electric Tramway Line No. 7 (高速電気軌道第7号線?), while the Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau refers to it as Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No. 7 (大阪市高速鉄道第7号線?), and in MLIT publications, it is written as Line No. 7 (Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line) (7号線(長堀鶴見緑地線)?). Station numbers are indicated by the letter "N".

Line data[edit]

For the purposes of fare calculation, the Nishi-Nagahori – Morinomiya segment is adjusted to the same length as Awaza – Morinomiya on the Chūō Line.[citation needed]

Stations[edit]

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location Coordinates
(links to map & photo sources)
N11 Taishō 大正 0.0 Osaka Loop Line Taisho-ku, Osaka 34°39′57″N 135°28′44″E / 34.66583°N 135.47889°E / 34.66583; 135.47889 (Taishō Station)
N12 Dome-mae Chiyozaki
(Kyocera Dome Osaka)
ドーム前千代崎
(京セラドーム大阪)
0.6 Hanshin Namba Line - Dome-mae Nishi-ku, Osaka 34°40′16″N 135°28′46″E / 34.67111°N 135.47944°E / 34.67111; 135.47944 (Dome-mae Chiyozaki Station)
N13 Nishi-Nagahori 西長堀 1.6 Sennichimae Line (S14) 34°40′33″N 135°29′13″E / 34.67583°N 135.48694°E / 34.67583; 135.48694 (Nishi-Nagahori Station)
N14 Nishiōhashi 西大橋 2.2 34°40′32″N 135°29′37″E / 34.67556°N 135.49361°E / 34.67556; 135.49361 (Nishiōhashi Station)
N15 Shinsaibashi 心斎橋 2.7 Midōsuji Line (M19)
Yotsubashi Line - Yotsubashi (Y14)
Chūō-ku, Osaka 34°40′30″N 135°29′59″E / 34.67500°N 135.49972°E / 34.67500; 135.49972 (Shinsaibashi Station)
N16 Nagahoribashi 長堀橋 3.4 Sakaisuji Line (K16) 34°40′30″N 135°30′23″E / 34.67500°N 135.50639°E / 34.67500; 135.50639 (Nagahoribashi Station)
N17 Matsuyamachi 松屋町 4.0 34°40′32″N 135°30′45″E / 34.67556°N 135.51250°E / 34.67556; 135.51250 (Matsuyamachi Station)
N18 Tanimachi Rokuchōme 谷町六丁目 4.4 Tanimachi Line (T24) 34°40′34″N 135°31′05″E / 34.67611°N 135.51806°E / 34.67611; 135.51806 (Tanimachi Rokuchōme Station)
N19 Tamatsukuri 玉造 5.7 Tennōji-ku, Osaka 34°40′29″N 135°31′49″E / 34.67472°N 135.53028°E / 34.67472; 135.53028 (Tamatsukuri Station)
N20 Morinomiya 森ノ宮 6.7 Chūō Line (C19)
Osaka Loop Line
Chūō-ku, Osaka 34°40′55″N 135°32′00″E / 34.68194°N 135.53333°E / 34.68194; 135.53333 (Morinomiya Station)
N21 Osaka Business Park
(Osaka-jo Hall)
大阪ビジネスパーク
(大阪城ホール前)
7.8 34°41′31″N 135°31′47″E / 34.69194°N 135.52972°E / 34.69194; 135.52972 (Osaka Business Park Station)
N22 Kyōbashi 京橋 8.5 Osaka Loop Line, Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line), JR Tozai Line
Keihan Main Line
Miyakojima-ku, Osaka 34°41′48″N 135°31′48″E / 34.69667°N 135.53000°E / 34.69667; 135.53000 (Kyōbashi Station)
N23 Gamō-yonchōme 蒲生四丁目 10.2 Imazatosuji Line (I18) Jōtō-ku, Osaka 34°42′01″N 135°32′52″E / 34.70028°N 135.54778°E / 34.70028; 135.54778 (Gamō-yonchōme Station)
N24 Imafuku-Tsurumi 今福鶴見 11.4 34°42′07″N 135°33′37″E / 34.70194°N 135.56028°E / 34.70194; 135.56028 (Imafuku-Tsurumi Station)
N25 Yokozutsumi 横堤 12.5 Tsurumi-ku, Osaka 34°42′13″N 135°34′23″E / 34.70361°N 135.57306°E / 34.70361; 135.57306 (Yokozutsumi Station)
N26 Tsurumi-ryokuchi 鶴見緑地 13.7 34°42′39″N 135°34′49″E / 34.71083°N 135.58028°E / 34.71083; 135.58028 (Tsurumi-ryokuchi Station)
N27 Kadoma-minami 門真南 15.0 Kadoma 34°43′00″N 135°35′32″E / 34.71667°N 135.59222°E / 34.71667; 135.59222 (Kadoma-minami Station)

Stopping patterns[edit]

All trains stop at every station on their route. Most trains operate between Taishō and Kadoma-minami; trains also operate shortened services which run from Taishō to either Shinsaibashi or Yokozutsumi during events held at Osaka Dome. Trains run every 2–4 minutes during peak hours, and every 7 minutes during off-peak hours.

Rolling stock[edit]

Trains are automatically driven using ATO with a single driver on board to open and close the doors and to manually drive the train in emergency situations or when ATO breaks down or is not available. All trains are stored at Tsurumi-ryokuchi-kita depot (on the Imazatosuji Line) and maintained at Tsurumi workshop.

History[edit]

The line is named after Nagahori-dori, a major avenue which it follows through central Osaka, and the Tsurumi-ryokuchi, a park in northeastern Osaka which hosted the International Flower and Greenery Exposition in 1990. The line was built in part to provide access to the park during the exhibition. Its first segment opened on March 31, 1990 between Kyōbashi and Tsurumi-ryokuchi, at which time it was called the Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line (鶴見緑地線 Tsurumi-ryokuchi Sen?).

Under its original plan, the line would have provided access to the Osaka prefectural government offices near Osaka Castle. However, the presence of underground artifacts around the castle area made this plan impractical, and the line was thus shifted farther south, which also provided a better connection with the Chūō Line. On December 11, 1996, the line was opened as far as Shinsaibashi in downtown Osaka, and renamed the Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line.

On August 29, 1997, the line was further extended westward to Taishō and eastward to Kadoma-minami. A further extension westward from Taishō into Tsurumachi is currently under review.[citation needed]

Over the course of fiscal 2010, the 16 stations within Osaka City were outfitted with automatic platform gates, similar to those already in use on the Imazatosuji Line. At Taishō, the first station to be so equipped, the gates started operation on July 7, 2010. The final station, Kadoma-minami, had them installed over the course of October 2011, with operation starting on October 31.[1]

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