Osaka Higashi Line

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Osaka Higashi Line
JRW series201-OsakaHigashi.jpg
A 201 series EMU on a "Local" service in February 2011
Native name おおさか東線
Type Heavy rail
System Urban Network
Locale Osaka Prefecture
Termini Kita-Umeda
Stations 7 (In operation)
Opened March 15, 1929 (as Katamachi Freight Branch Line)
March 15, 2008 (as Osaka Higashi Line)
Owner Osaka Soto-Kanjo Railway Co., Ltd.
Operator(s) JR-West
JR Freight
Depot(s) Aboshi
Rolling stock 103 series EMU
201 series EMU
207 series EMU
321 series EMU
Line length 20.3 km (12.6 mi)(Total)
9.2 km (5.7 mi) (In operation)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Route map
Umeda Freight Line
Tōkaidō Main Line (JR Kobe Line, JR Takarazuka Line)
Umeda Signal Box (formerly JR Freight Umeda Freight Terminal)
Hankyu Kobe Main Line, Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line (Nakatsu)
Osaka Subway: Midōsuji Line
LeftTōkaidō Main Line (JR Kyoto Line)
Yodo River
Old Tōkaidō Line
Hankyu Kyoto Main Line
Spur track to Miyahara Depot
Sanyō ShinkansenRight
LeftTōkaidō Shinkansen
Osaka Subway: Midōsuji Line
Kanzaki River
Suita Freight Line
LeftJōtō Freight Line
Hankyu Senri Line
Senri Signal Box–1982
Kanzaki River
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Hankyu Kyoto Line
Akagawa BridgeYodogawa River
Miyakojima Signal Box–1982
Noe(planned) Osaka Subway: Tanimachi Line (Noe-Uchindai)
Keihan Main Line
Yodogawa Freight Line and Sakuranomiya Line
Tatsumi Signal Box−1982
UpJōtō Freight Line
Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line)
Neya River
ShiginoOsaka Subway: Imazatosuji Line
Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line)
Daini Neya River
Aboshi Depot Hanaten Branch
Takaida-ChūōOsaka Subway: Chūō Line (Takaida)
JR Kawachi-Eiwa
Kintetsu Nara Line (Kawachi-Eiwa)
JR Shuntokumichi
Osaka Line (Shuntokumichi)
Shuntokumichi Signal Box2007–2008
JR Nagase
Hebikusa Signal Box–2003
South Jōtō Freight Line(see inset below)
Old Jōtō Freight Line(see inset below)
LeftKansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line) Kami
LeftHanwa Freight Line
Ryūge Signal Box–1997
10.4 Yao
Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)

Old Jōtō Freight Line
0.0 Shogakuji Signal Box Osaka Higashi Line
Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)
Jōtō Freight–Yamatoji connection
Kutara No. 1 Signal Box
1.5 Hirano
Jōtō Freight–Yamatoji connexion
Kudara Freight Terminal
Kudarashijō –1984

The Osaka Higashi Line (おおさか東線, Ōsaka-Higashi-sen) is a railway line in Osaka, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR-West). Before being named on August 23, 2007, the line was constructed with the tentative name "Osaka Outer Loop Line (大阪外環状線, Ōsaka-soto-kanjōsen)". Conceived in the 1950s during Japan's explosive postwar economic growth, it was planned as a grand "outer loop" of the city, using existing freight lines to link Amagasaki with Shin-Osaka, Suita, Awaji, Hanaten, Kami, Uriwari and Sugimotochō, with a newly constructed segment into Osaka's (then primarily industrial) Nankō Port Town. However, with JNR's financial situation deteriorating catastrophically (culminating in its privatization) and continuing issues surrounding land acquisition and squatting by local residents on railway property, the plan was cut back to Shin-Osaka and Kami, terminating at Kyūhōji in the south.[citation needed] (The Hanwa Freight Line, which would have carried the southern segment from Kami to Sugimotochō, was officially abandoned by JR Freight in 2009.) The line will connect Shin-Osaka Station in northern Osaka with Kyūhōji Station in Yao, forming an arc around the eastern suburbs of the city, but currently only the southern half of the line, between Hanaten and Kyūhōji, is in operation as a connection between the Tōzai/Katamachi and Yamatoji lines.

The southern part opened on March 15, 2008.[1] But because of problems with the illegal occupation of a site, the northern part has not started construction yet. The optimistic opening date of the said extension is in fiscal 2018.[2]

The line is constructed and owned by the Osaka Soto-Kanjo Railway Co., Ltd. (大阪外環状鉄道株式会社, Ōsaka Sotokanjō Tetsudō Kabushiki Kaisha) as a Category-3 railway business under the Railway Business Act of Japan. JR-West and JR Freight operate trains as Category-2 railway business.[citation needed]


  • S: Direct Rapid service stop
  • |: Direct Rapid service non-stop
Status No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Direct Rapid Transfers Location
Planned JR-F01 Kita-Umeda(Tentative) 北梅田(仮称)   through to
via the
Gakkentoshi Line
and the
JR Tozai Line
Tōkaidō Main Line (JR Kyoto Line, JR Kobe Line, JR Takarazuka Line), Osaka Loop Line (Osaka Station), Osaka Municipal Subway Yotsubashi Line Kita-ku, Osaka
Under Construction
(existing on Tōkaidō "JR Kyoto" Line)
JR-F02 Shin-Osaka 新大阪   Tōkaidō Main Line (JR Kyoto Line), Sanyō Shinkansen, Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
Under Construction JR-F03 Nishi-Suita(Tentative) 西吹田(仮称)     Suita
JR-F04 Awaji(Tentative) 淡路(仮称)   Hankyu Kyoto Line, Hankyu Senri Line Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka
JR-F05 Miyakojima(Tentative) 都島(仮称)     Miyakojima-ku, Osaka
JR-F06 Noe(Tentative) 野江(仮称)   Keihan Main Line, Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line (Noe-Uchindai Station) Joto-ku, Osaka
Under Construction
(existing on Katamachi "Gakkentoshi" Line)
JR-F07 Shigino 鴫野   | Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line), Osaka Municipal Subway Imazatosuji Line
In operation JR-F08 Hanaten 放出 0.0 S Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line) Tsurumi-ku, Osaka
JR-F09 Takaida-Chūō 高井田中央 1.7 | Osaka Municipal Subway Chuo Line (Takaida Station) Higashiosaka, Osaka
JR-F10 JR Kawachi-Eiwa JR河内永和 3.3 | Kintetsu Nara Line (Kawachi-Eiwa Station)
JR-F11 JR Shuntokumichi JR俊徳道 3.9 | Osaka Line (Shuntokumichi Station)
JR-F12 JR Nagase JR長瀬 4.9 |  
JR-F13 Kizuri(Tentative)
(scheduled to open in 2018)
JR-F14 Shin-Kami 新加美 7.6 |   Hirano-ku, Osaka
JR-F15 Kyūhōji 久宝寺 9.2 S Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line) Yao, Osaka
Rapid service through to Nara via the Yamatoji Line

Rolling stock[edit]



  • 223-6000 series (used for rapid services from March 15, 2008 until March 11, 2011)

The 103 and 201 series trains are based at Nara Depot, the 207 series trains are based at Aboshi Depot, while the 223-6000 series trains were based at Miyahara Depot.


Locomotives seen hauling freight trains include the DD51, DE10, EF66, EF81 and EF210.[citation needed]

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