Nara Line (Kintetsu)

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Nara Line
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Overview
Native name 奈良線
Type
System Kintetsu Railway
Locale
Termini Fuse Station
Kintetsu Nara Station
Stations 19
Line number  A 
Operation
Opened April 30, 1914; 104 years ago (1914-04-30)
Owner Kintetsu Railway
Operator(s) Kintetsu Railway
Character
  • Heavy rail
  • Commuter rail
Depot(s) Higashi-Hanazono
Saidaiji
Technical
Track length 26.7 km (16.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification
Operating speed 105 km/h (65 mph)
Nara Line Route map

Lines of Kintetsu unless noted

JR Namba
Osaka Municipal Subway: Yotsubashi Line
6.1
0.0
A01 Ōsaka Namba
(Osaka Municipal Subway: Namba)
Osaka Municipal Subway: Midōsuji Line
Nankai: Nankai Main, Koya lines (Namba)
Namba Line
Osaka Municipal Subway: Sakaisuji Line
Nippombashi
5.3
0.8
A02 Kintetsu Nippombashi
Osaka Municipal Subway: Tanimachi Line
Tanimachi Kyūchōme
4.1
2.0
A03 Osaka Uehommachi
Down arrow Osaka Line
3.0
3.1
A04 Tsuruhashi
1.3
4.8
A05 Imazato
0.0
6.1
A06 Fuse
Down arrow Nara Line
Left arrow Osaka Line
JR Kawachi-Eiwa
0.8
6.9
A07 Kawachi-Eiwa
1.6
7.7
A08 Kawachi-Kosaka
2.4
8.5
A09 Yaenosato
Yaenosato Depot
abandoned in 1967
Kinki Expressway
Tamagawa Workshop
abandoned 1982
4.1
10.2
A10 Wakae-Iwata
5.0
11.1
A11 Kawachi-Hanazono
5.8
11.9
A12 Higashi-Hanazono
Higashi-Hanazono Inspection Depot
7.0
13.1
A13 Hyōtan-yama
8.3
14.4
A14 Hiraoka
9.0
15.1
A15 Nukata
10.1
16.2
A16 Ishikiri
10.6
16.7
Kusaezaka
abandoned in 1964
New Ikoma Tunnel (3,494m)
Ikoma Tunnel
Osaka
Nara
14.2
20.3
A17 Ikoma
15.4
21.5
A18 Higashi-Ikoma
Higashi-Ikoma Signal Box
Keihanna Line to Gakken Nara-Tomigaoka
Higashi-Hanazono Inspection Higashi-Ikoma Depot
New Ōtani Tunnel
17.7
23.8
A19 Tomio
19.1
25.2
A20 Gakuen-mae
20.1
26.2
A21 Ayameike
22.3
28.4
A26 Yamato-Saidaiji
Saidaiji Inspection Depot
(Extra) Camp Car
1947-1951
25.0
31.1
A27 Shin-Ōmiya
JR West: Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)
JR West: Kansai Main Line former route
25.9
32.0
Aburasaka
abandoned in 1969
26.7
32.8
A28 Kintetsu Nara

The Nara Line (奈良線, Nara sen) is a Japanese railway line owned by the Kintetsu Railway. The line connects Fuse Station in eastern suburb of Osaka to Kintetsu Nara Station in the historic city of Nara, but operationally trains start at Kobe Sannomiya Station on the Hanshin Railway Main Line in Kobe, Amagasaki Station or Ōsaka Namba Station on the Namba Line in southern downtown Osaka, operating on the Osaka Line to Fuse. The eastern satellite cities such as Higashiosaka and Ikoma are connected by the line. This line is the most direct between Osaka and Nara compared to the JR line.

History[edit]

The line was opened by Osaka Electric Railway Company (大阪電気軌道, Osaka Denki Kidō) in 1914, dual track and electrified at 600 VDC.

In 1969 the voltage was increased to 1500 VDC, and in 1970 the Namba Line was opened, and the operational starting station of the Line moved to Kintetsu Namba Station, from Uehonmachi Station of Osaka Line.

Operation[edit]

Trains run to and from the Kintetsu Namba Line and the Hanshin Namba Line, and lead to Osaka Namba Station and Amagasaki Station, and Rapid Express trains also to Kobe Sannomiya Station on the Hanshin Main Line. Between Yamato-Saidaiji and Kintetsu Nara, through trains of the Kyoto Line also run.

Local trains
Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Ōsaka Namba - Higashi-Hanazono or Yamato-Saidaiji (partly Kintetsu Nara)
in the morning and the evening:Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Ōsaka Namba - Hyotan-yama or Higashi-Ikoma
partly: Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Ōsaka Namba - Ishikiri
partly: Yamato-Saidaiji - Kintetsu Nara
only one train: Ikoma → Yamato-Saidaiji (as the last connection from the last limited express train from Osaka for Nara)
Suburban Semi-Express trains
Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Ōsaka Namba - Yamato-Saidaiji or Kintetsu Nara
Semi-Express trains
Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Ōsaka Namba - Yamato-Saidaiji or Kintetsu Nara
Express trains, Limited Express trains
Ōsaka Namba - Kintetsu Nara
Rapid Express trains
Kobe Sannomiya (Hanshin) or Amagasaki (Hanshin) or Ōsaka Namba - Kintetsu Nara

Stations[edit]

  • S: Trains stop.
  • |: Trains pass.
  • *: Trains stop when the large events are held at Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
  • (LE): Limited express trains stop.
  • Local trains (普通, Futsū or 各駅停車, Kakueki-teisha) stop at every station.
  • SSE: Suburban Semi-Express (区間準急, Kukan-Junkyū)
  • SE: Semi-Express (準急, Junkyū)
  • Ex: Express (急行, Kyūkō)
  • RE: Rapid Express (快速急行, Kaisoku-Kyūkō)
  • LE: Limited Express (特急, Tokkyū)
  • s: One rapid express train for Nara stop at Ayameike on the school days of Kinki University Elementary School and Kinki University Kindergarten.
line name No. Station name Japanese SSE SE Ex RE LE Location
Hanshin Railway line
through section
from Ōsaka Namba
L, SSE, SE: to Amagasaki on the Hanshin Namba Line
RE: to Kobe Sannomiya on the Main Line (3 trains start from Shinkaichi on the Kobe Kosoku Line on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.)
Namba Line  A01  Ōsaka Namba (LE) 大阪難波 S S S S S Chūō-ku,
Osaka
Osaka
Prefecture
 A02  Kintetsu Nippombashi 近鉄日本橋 S S S S |
 A03  Osaka Uehommachi (LE)
(Kintetsu Department Store Uehommachi)
大阪上本町 S S S S S Tennoji-ku,
Osaka
Osaka Line
 A04  Tsuruhashi (LE) 鶴橋 S S S S | Ikuno-ku,
Osaka
 A05  Imazato 今里 | | | | |
 A06  Fuse 布施 S S S | | Higashi-Osaka
Nara Line
 A07  Kawachi-Eiwa 河内永和 | | | | |
 A08  Kawachi-Kosaka
(Osaka University of Commerce, Osaka Shoin Women's University)
河内小坂 S S | | |
 A09  Yaenosato 八戸ノ里 | | | | |
 A10  Wakae-Iwata 若江岩田 | | | | |
 A11  Kawachi-Hanazono 河内花園 | | | | |
 A12  Higashi-Hanazono
(Hanazono Rugby Stadium)
東花園 S S * * |
 A13  Hyōtan-yama 瓢箪山 S | | | |
 A14  Hiraoka 枚岡 S | | | |
 A15  Nukata 額田 S | | | |
 A16  Ishikiri 石切 S S S | |
 A17  Ikoma (LE) 生駒 S S S S S Ikoma Nara
Prefecture
 A18  Higashi-Ikoma
(Tezukayama University Higashi-Ikoma Campus)
東生駒 S S | | |
 A19  Tomio 富雄 S S | | | Nara
 A20  Gakuen-mae (LE)
(Tezukayama Gakuen)
学園前 S S S S S
 A21  Ayameike 菖蒲池 S S | s |
 A26  Yamato-Saidaiji (LE) 大和西大寺 S S S S S
 A27  Shin-Ōmiya 新大宮 S S S S |
 A28  Kintetsu Nara (LE) 近鉄奈良 S S S S S

References[edit]

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia