Keihan Katano Line

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Keihan Katano Line
Number prefix Keihan lines.png
Keihan 10000 series 10051 Katanoshi Station.jpg
Keihan 10000 series EMU
Overview
Native name 京阪交野線
Type Commuter rail
Locale Osaka Prefecture
Termini Hirakatashi
Kisaichi
Stations 8
Operation
Opened 10 July 1929
Owner Keihan Electric Railway
Technical
Line length 6.9 km (4.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Minimum radius 162 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 90 km/h (55 mph)
Route map
Nakanoshima
Left Keihan Main Line Down / Nakanoshima Line Up
Temmabashi
UpKeihan Main Line
0.0 Hirakatashi
Keihan Main LineRight
1.0 Miyanosaka
1.7 Hoshigaoka
2.5 Murano
3.4 Kōzu
4.4 Katano-shi
Left Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line) Right/RightKawachi-Iwafune
5.9 Keihanshin Iwafuneabandoned in 1948
Mori Signal Box1987 - 1992
6.1 Kawachi-Mori
6.9 Kisaichi

The Keihan Katano Line (京阪交野線 Keihan Katano-sen?) is a 6.9 km railway line in northern Osaka Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway company Keihan Electric Railway. It connects Hirakatashi Station on the Keihan Main Line with Kisaichi Station.[1]

Operation[edit]

All trains stop all stations. There is no through service to Keihan Main Line.

Until 15 March 2013, several trains through to Keihan Main Line were operated on weekdays, as rapid trains. They were named "Hikoboshi" and "Orihime", unlike other Keihan line rapid trains which were not named.

Rapid Express (快速急行 Kaisoku Kyūkō?)
Operated weekday nights, from Nakanoshima for Kisaichi, stopped at Watanabebashi, Ōebashi and Naniwabashi on the Nakanoshima Line, then Temmabashi, Kyōbashi, Moriguchishi, Neyagawashi, Kōrien and Hirakatashi on the Keihan Main Line, and all stations on the Katano Line
Commuter Rapid Express (通勤快急 Tsūkin Kaikyū?)
Operated weekday mornings, from Kisaichi for Nakanoshima, stopped at all stations on the Katano Line to Hirakatashi, then Kōrien, Neyagawashi, Kyōbashi and Temmabashi on the Keihan Main Line, then Naniwabashi, Ōebashi and Watanabebashi on the Nakanoshima Line

Stations[edit]

All stations are in Osaka Prefecture.

No. Station Japanese Distance Location
KH21 Hirakatashi 枚方市 0.0 Hirakata
KH61 Miyanosaka 宮之阪 1.0
KH62 Hoshigaoka 星ヶ丘 1.7
KH63 Murano 村野 2.5
KH64 Kōzu 郡津 3.4 Katano
KH65 Katano-shi 交野市 4.4
KH66 Kawachi-Mori 河内森 6.1
KH67 Kisaichi 私市 6.9

Rolling stock[edit]

Trains on the line are formed as 4- or 5-car electric multiple unit (EMU) sets.

History[edit]

The line was built and opened by an independent railway company, Shigi-Ikoma Electric Railway (信貴生駒電鉄 Shigi Ikoma Dentetsu?) in 1929.[citation needed] The company aimed to build a line to connect its main line, the present-day Ikoma Line, but cancelled the plan for financial reasons, and transferred the operation to Keihan. The operator was renamed Katano Electric Railway (交野電気鉄道 Katano Denki Tetsudō?) in 1939, Keihanshin Express Electric Railway (京阪神急行電鉄 Keihanshin Kyūkō Dentetsu?) in May 1945, and Keihan Electric Railway on 1 December 1949.[1]

From 9 June 2012, new 13000 series 4-car EMUs were introduced on the line.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. pp. 132, 275. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ 京阪13000系,交野線で営業運転開始 [Keihan 13000 series enter service on Katano Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.