Nose Electric Railway

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Nose Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
能勢電鉄株式会社
Founded 1908
Headquarters Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan
Parent Hankyu Corporation
Website noseden.hankyu.co.jp

The Nose Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (能勢電鉄株式会社, Nose (pronounced No-say) Dentetsu) , occasionally abbreviated as Nose Railway or Noseden (能勢電), is a Japanese private railway company headquartered in Kawanishi, Hyogo, which links several areas in the mountainous Nose, Osaka, area to Kawanishi-noseguchi Station in Kawanishi, where one can transfer to Hankyu Takarazuka Line to Osaka.[1]

Nose Railway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hankyu Corporation. A rush-hour special express train, the Nissei Limited Express, operates from Nissei-chuo Station to Umeda Station, the terminal of Hankyu in Osaka, in the morning and back again in the evening for commuters.

Nose Railway uses second-hand EMUs of Hankyu. Nose Railway 1500, 1700 and 3100 series cars are originally Hankyu 2100, 2000, and 3100 series respectively. The trains operate on 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) track.

Lines and stations[edit]

Nose Railway lines in red, with Hankyu Railway network

Nose Railway has two lines:

  • Myōken Line (Kawanishi-noseguchi - Myōkenguchi)
  • Nissei Line (Yamashita - Nissei-chuo)

The former is the main route and the latter branches off at Yamashita Station.

In addition to the railway, Nose Railway operates a funicular (Myoken Cable) and a chairlift (Myoken Lift).

Operations[edit]

  • S: Trains stop; |, ↑: Trains pass; ↑: Only one direction
  • Myōken Express (妙見急行, Myoken Kyūkō) trains are operated from Myōkenguchi to Kawanishi-noseguchi in the morning on weekdays and Saturdays
  • Nissei Express (日生急行, Nissei Kyūkō) are operated from Nissei Chūō to Kawanishi-noseguchi in the morning on Saturdays
  • Local (普通, Futsū) trains are operated all day every day
  • Limited Express (特急日生エクスプレス, Tokkyū Nissei Express) trains run from Nissei Chūō to Umeda in the morning, and vice versa in the evening on weekdays.
No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Local Myōken Express Nissei Express Limited Express Connections Location
Myoken Line
Through section Umeda (Hankyu)
NS01 Kawanishi-noseguchi 川西能勢口 0.0 S S S S Kawanishi Hyōgo Prefecture
NS02 Kinunobebashi 絹延橋 1.2 S |  
NS03 Takiyama 滝山 2.1 S |  
NS04 Uguisunomori 鶯の森 2.7 S |  
NS05 Tsuzumigataki 鼓滝 3.5 S |  
NS06 Tada 多田 4.2 S |  
NS07 Hirano 平野 5.2 S S S S  
NS08 Ichinotorii 一の鳥居 6.4 S S |  
NS09 Uneno 畦野 7.1 S S S S  
NS10 Yamashita 山下 8.2 S S S S
  • Nissei Line
NS11 Sasabe 笹部 8.6 S S Nissei Line Nissei Line  
NS12 Kōfūdai 光風台 10.3 S S   Toyono, Toyono District Osaka Prefecture
NS13 Tokiwadai ときわ台 11.2 S S  
NS14 Myōkenguchi 妙見口 12.2 S S
  • Myoken Cable
Nissei Line
NS21 Nissei-chuo 日生中央 2.6 (from Yamashita) S S S Inagawa, Kawabe District Hyōgo Prefecture

Myoken Cable and Myoken Lift[edit]

Station Japanese Connections Location
Myoken Cable
Kurokawa 黒川
  • Myoken Line via walk
Kawanishi, Hyōgo
Cable Sanjō ケーブル山上
  • Myoken Lift via walk
Myōken Lift
Myōken-no-mizu Hiroba-mae 妙見の水広場前
  • Myoken Cable via walk
Kawanishi, Hyōgo
Myōkensan 妙見山  

Rolling stock[edit]

History[edit]

The Kawanishi-noseguchi - Ichinotorii section opened in 1913, electrified at 600 V DC. Due to the cost of construction, the company experienced financial difficulties, and it was not until the Hankyu Railway Co. made an equity injection that the extension to Myōkenguchi was able to be opened in 1923.

Nose Electric Railway is a principal subsidary of Hankyu Corporation.[2] The line voltage was increased to 1,500 V DC in 1995.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ "Nose Electric Railway Co., Ltd.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Hankyu Corporation -- Company History". www.company-histories.com. Retrieved 2017-06-23.