Hanshin Electric Railway

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Hanshin Electric Railway
Locale Kansai region, Japan
Dates of operation 1905 (established in 1899)–
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 48.9 km
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Website http://rail.hanshin.co.jp/
Corporate headquarters of Hanshin

Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (阪神電気鉄道株式会社 Hanshin Denki-tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese private railway company of Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group that links Osaka and Kobe. It also owns the Hanshin Tigers baseball team.

The second character for Osaka (大) and the first character for Kobe (戸) combine to form the company name, 阪神, which can be read Han-shin.

IC cards (PiTaPa and ICOCA) are accepted when taking trains.

Rail lines[edit]

Line Map

Current lines[edit]

The section between Nishikujō and Ōsaka-Namba is the newest line of Hanshin that opened on March 20, 2009. Prior to this extension the line was called the Nishi-Ōsaka Line.
The tracks of the line are owned by Kobe Rapid Transit Railway Co., Ltd. as the Tozai Line.

Abandoned lines[edit]

Incomplete lines[edit]


  • June 12, 1899: Settsu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (摂津電気鉄道株式会社 Settsu Denki-tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?) was established.
  • July 7, 1899: The company was renamed "Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd."
  • April 7, 1968: Kobe Rapid Railway was opened and joint operation with Sanyo Electric Railway was started.
  • February 15, 1998: Joint operation with Sanyo Electric Railway for limited express service between Umeda and Himeji was started.
  • June 20, 2006: Hankyu Holdings, Inc. completed its purchase of a controlling interest in Hanshin in a transaction valued at about $2.2 billion.[1]
  • March 20, 2009: Joint operation with Kintetsu Corporation for Rapid Express service between Sannomiya and Kintetsu Nara was started.

Rolling stock[edit]

Limited Express/Express[edit]


Mukogawa Line[edit]


  1. ^ "UPDATE 2-Hankyu takes over fellow railway operator Hanshin". Reuters. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2006-06-20. 
  2. ^ 阪神、新型5700系を導入 [Hanshin to introduce new 5700 series]. Tetsudo.com (in Japanese). Japan: Asahi Interactive Inc. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

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