Nose Electric Railway

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Nose Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Founded23 May 1908
ParentHankyu Corporation

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 Electric Railway is a principal subsidiary of Hankyu Corporation.[2] 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.

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).


  • S: Trains stop; |, ↑: Trains pass; ↑: Only one direction
  • 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 Osaka-umeda in the morning, and vice versa in the evening on weekdays.
No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Local Limited Express Connections Location
Myoken Line
Through section Osaka-umeda (Hankyu)
NS01 Kawanishi-noseguchi 川西能勢口 0.0 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  
NS08 Ichinotorii 一の鳥居 6.4 S |  
NS09 Uneno 畦野 7.1 S S  
NS10 Yamashita 山下 8.2 S S
  • Nissei Line
NS11 Sasabe 笹部 8.6 S Nissei Line
NS12 Kōfūdai 光風台 10.3 S Toyono, Toyono District Osaka Prefecture
NS13 Tokiwadai ときわ台 11.2 S
NS14 Myōkenguchi 妙見口 12.2 S
  • Myoken Cable
Nissei Line
NS21 Nissei-chuo 日生中央 2.6 (from Yamashita) 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]

Nose Railway uses second-hand EMUs from Hankyu. The trains operate on 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) track.

As of 1 April 2017, the fleet operated is as follows.[3]

A four-car 7200 series EMU (set 7200) is scheduled to enter service on 19 March 2018. This is made up of former Hankyu EMU cars.[4][needs update]

Former rolling stock[edit]


The Nose Electric Railway was founded on 23 May 1908.[5] The Kawanishi-noseguchi to Ichinotorii section opened on 13 April 1913, electrified at 600 V DC.[5] The extension to Myōkenguchi was opened on 3 November 1923.[5]

The line voltage was increased from 600 V to 1,500 V DC on 26 March 1995.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nose Electric Railway Co., Ltd.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Hankyu Corporation -- Company History". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b 私鉄車両編成表 2017 私鉄車両編成表 2017 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2017] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2017. p. 163. ISBN 978-4-330-81317-2.
  4. ^ 能勢電鉄7200系,3月19日から営業運転を開始 [Nose Electric Railway 7200 series to enter service on 19 March]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 20 February 2018. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄: 全国私鉄165社局掲載 データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 140. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.

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