Minami Osaka Line

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Minami Osaka Line
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Kintetsu 6820 series EMU at Osaka Abenobashi Station on a semi-express service for Kawachi-Nagano
Overview
Native name 南大阪線
Type heavy rail
Locale Osaka Prefecture
Nara Prefecture
Termini Osaka Abenobashi
Kashiharajingu-mae
Stations 28
Operation
Opened March 24, 1898 (1898-03-24) (Domyoji–Furuichi)
Operator(s) Kintetsu Railway
Depot(s) Furuichi
Branch: Amami
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
Technical
Line length 39.7 km (24.7 mi)
Number 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)
Route map
Lines are of Kintetsu unless noted

Up arrowDown arrowSubway: Midōsuji Line
Up arrowJR West: Osaka Loop Line, Yamatoji Line
Left arrowNankai: Tennoji Branch Line
Left arrowHankai Uemachi Line (Tennōji-eki-mae)
Left arrowSubway: Tanimachi LineRight arrow Tennōji
0.0 Left arrowLeft arrowF01 Ōsaka AbenobashiLeft arrow, Right arrow, Right arrowRight arrowTennōji
JR West: Osaka Loop LineRight arrow
Left arrowJR West: Hanwa Line
JR West: Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)Right arrow
1.0 F02 Koboreguchi
2.1 F03 Kita-Tanabe
2.7 F04 Imagawa
Left arrowNankai: Hirano LineRight arrow
Left arrowSubway: Tanimachi LineRight arrow (Komagawa-Nakano)
3.8 F05 Harinakano
5.1 F06 Yata
Left arrowJR West: Hanwa Freight LineRight arrow
Yamato River
7.3 F07 Kawachi-Amami
Furuichi Inspection Amami Depot
8.3 F08 Nunose
9.1 F09 Takaminosato
10.0 F10 Kawachi-Matsubara
11.6 F11 Eganoshō
12.6 F12 Takawashi
13.7 F13 Fujiidera
14.8 Ōjingoryō-maeabandoned in 1974
15.6 F14 Hajinosato
Up arrowDomyoji Line
16.3 F15 Dōmyōji
17.8 Konda Hachimanabandoned in 1974
18.3 F16/O16 Furuichi
Left arrowFuruichi Inspection Depot
Down arrowNagano Line
O23 Kawachi-Nagano
Ishikawa River
20.0 F17 Komagatani
22.0 F18 Kaminotaishi
Prefectural border (Up arrowOsaka/NaraDown arrow)
24.9 Donzurubō
27.3 F19 Nijōzan
28.4 F20 Nijō-jinjaguchi
30.4 F21 Taimadera
31.1 F22 Iwaki
32.3 F23/P23 Shakudo
Down arrowGose Line
P26 Kintetsu Gose
34.2 F24 Takadashi
Left arrowJR West: Wakayama LineRight arrow
35.6 F25 Ukiana
36.8 F26 Bōjō
38.5 F27 Kashiharajingū-nishiguchi
Kashiharajingūabandoned in 1939
Yoshino Line, Unebi Line
Kashihara LineRight arrow
39.7 F42 Kashiharajingū-mae
Track conversion facility
Down arrowYoshino Line
F57 Yoshino
26000 series Limited Express EMU (before renovation)

The Minami Osaka Line (南大阪線 Minami-Ōsaka-sen?) is a railway line operated by Kintetsu Railway 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.

History[edit]

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 Yoshino Line. The entire route was competing with the present 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.

Operations[edit]

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).

Rapid service[edit]

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)

Stations[edit]

  • 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.).[1]
  • Local trains (普通) stop at every station.

For distances and connections, see route diagram.

No. Stations SmE SbE Ex LE Location
F01 Ōsaka Abenobashi S S S S Abeno-ku, Osaka Osaka Prefecture
F02 Koboreguchi        
F03 Kita-Tanabe         Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
F04 Imagawa        
F05 Harinakano        
F06 Yata        
F07 Kawachi-Amami
(Hannan University)
        Matsubara
F08 Nunose        
F09 Takaminosato        
F10 Kawachi-Matsubara S      
F11 Eganoshō         Habikino
F12 Takawashi        
F13 Fujiidera S       Fujiidera
F14 Hajinosato S      
F15 Dōmyōji S      
F16 Furuichi S S S s Habikino
F17 Komagatani S      
F18 Kaminotaishi S      
F19 Nijōzan S       Kashiba Nara Prefecture
F20 Nijō-jinjaguchi S       Katsuragi
F21 Taimadera S      
F22 Iwaki S      
F23 Shakudo S S S S
F24 Takadashi S S S S Yamatotakada
F25 Ukiana S S    
F26 Bōjō S S     Kashihara
F27 Kashiharajingū-nishiguchi S S    
F42 Kashiharajingū-mae S S S S
Through section
from Furuichi
to Kawachinagano on the Nagano Line (local trains, semi-express trains, express trains)
from Shakudo
to Kintetsu Gose on the Gose Line (local trains, semi-express trains)
from Kashiharajingū-mae
to Yoshino on the Yoshino Line (local trains, semi-express trains, express trains, limited express trains)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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

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