Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line
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Kintetsu 6820 series EMU at Osaka Abenobashi Station on a semi-express service for Kawachi-Nagano
|Opening||March 24, 1898 (Domyoji–Furuichi)|
|Rolling stock||6020 series EMU
6200 series EMU
6600 series EMU
6400, 6407, 6413, 6419, 6422, 6432 series EMU
6620 series EMU
6820 series EMU
16000 series EMU
16010 series EMU
16400 series EMU
16600 series EMU
26000 series EMU
|Line length||39.7 km (24.7 mi)|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead lines|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (68 mph) (limited express trains)
100 km/h (62 mph) (commuter trains)
The Minami-Osaka Line (南大阪線 Minami-Ōsaka-sen?) is a railway line operated by Kintetsu connecting Ōsaka Abenobashi in Osaka and Kashiharajingū-mae in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture via Osaka's southern suburb cities of Matsubara, Fujiidera and Habikino in Osaka Prefecture, and Katsuragi and Yamato-Takada in Nara Prefecture. The line is the major access from Osaka to southern part of Nara Basin, and together with the Yoshino Line is the main access to the Yoshino refuge of Emperor Godaigo, a popular tourism destination, especially during spring.
The network formed by this line and some branch lines uses a track gauge of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), the Kintetsu network being the only one in Japan operating lines at this gauge, 1435mm gauge and 762mm gauge.
The first section of the line opened in 1898 in a part between Kashiwara Station and Furuichi Station by Kayō Railway Co., Ltd. (河陽鉄道 Kayō Tetsudō?). The next year Kanan Railway Co., Ltd. (河南鉄道 Kanan Railway?) took over the line, then the company renamed itself Osaka Railway Co., Ltd. (大阪鉄道 Osaka Tetsudō?). The railway constructed its own access line to Osaka center, completed in 1923 and electrified at 1,500 V DC, then the highest voltage in Japan. Later extension to Nara Prefecture, present Kashiharajingū-mae was built in 1929 and through operation began to Yoshino Railway Co., Ltd. (吉野鉄道 Yoshino Tetsudō?), now Kintetsu Yoshino Line. The entire route was competing with the present Kintetsu Osaka Line, but Osaka Railway was merged to the then Kansai Kyūkō Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (関西急行鉄道 Kansai Kyūkō Tetsudō?), predecessor of Kintetsu, in 1943.
Some trains go through to the Nagano Line and the Yoshino Line, some between Furuichi and Gose Station in Gose Line, and from Gose to Osaka Abenobashi. Local trains run between Osaka Abenobashi and Fujiidera or Furuichi, and between Furuichi and Kashiharajingū-mae (including conductorless trains between Furuichi and Kashiharajingū-mae).
- Semi-Express (準急 Junkyū?) (SmE)
- Suburban Express (区間急行 Kukan Kyūkō?) (SbE)
- Express (急行 Kyūkō?) (Ex)
- Rapid Express (快速急行 Kaisoku Kyūkō?)
- Rapid express trains are operated in spring, and the stops on the Minami-Osaka Line are same with the express trains.
- Limited Express (特急 Tokkyū?) (LE)
- S: Trains stop.
- s: Part of limited express trains stop at Furuichi (Osaka-bound trains till 9:34 a.m. or 9:35 a.m., and Kashihara-bound and Yoshino-bound trains departing Osaka Abenobashi after 8 p.m.).
- Local trains (普通) stop at every station.
For distances and connections, see route diagram.
|Ōsaka Abenobashi||S||S||S||S||Abeno-ku, Osaka||Osaka Prefecture|
- 平成26年のダイヤ変更について [Diagram revision in 2014] (PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese). Osaka, Japan: Kintetsu Corporation. July 23, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia