Seishin-Yamate Line

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The Seishin-Yamate Line (西神山手線 Seishin-Yamate-sen?) is one of two lines of Kobe Municipal Subway that links the central district and suburbs of Kobe. It is sometimes called U-Line after its shape on maps.

History[edit]

Construction of the first line of the subway system, the Seishin Line, began on November 25, 1971. The line opened on March 13, 1977, running for 5.7 km (3.5 mi) between Myōdani and Shin-Nagata stations. A second line, the Yamate Line, opened on June 17, 1983, running for 4.3 km (2.7 mi) between Shin-Nagata and Ōkurayama stations. On June 18, 1985, the Yamate Line was extended to Shin-Kobe and the Seishin Line was extended to Gakuen-toshi. When the final stage of the Seishin Line, an extension to Seishin-Chuo, opened on March 18, 1987, the Seishin Line and the Yamate Line were merged into the Seishin-Yamate Line.

The Hokushin Kyūkō Electric Railway opened the 7.5 km (4.7 mi) Hokushin Line extension between Shin-Kobe and Tanigami on April 2, 1988; services on the Hokushin Line have through service onto the Seishin-Yamate Line.

On January 17, 1995, the Seishin-Yamate Line was damaged in the Great Hanshin earthquake. The day after the earthquake, limited services resumed between Seishin-Chuo and Itayado; full service was restored to the entire line in March 1995 after repairs were completed.

Stations[edit]

Kobe subway lines
Line Distance (km) from Shin-Kobe Station number Station Connections Location
Hokushin Line -7.5 S01 Tanigami 谷上 Kita-ku
0.0 S02 Shin-Kobe 新神戸 Chuo-ku
Yamate Line
1.3 S03 Sannomiya 三宮
2.2 S04 Kenchōmae 県庁前  
3.3 S05 Ōkurayama 大倉山
(湊川神社前)
 
4.3 S06 Minatogawa Kōen 湊川公園
(川崎病院前)
Hyōgo-ku
5.3 S07 Kamisawa 上沢  
6.1 S08 Nagata (Nagatajinjamae) 長田(長田神社前) Nagata-ku
7.6 S09 Shin-Nagata 新長田(鉄人28号前)
Seishin Line
8.8 S10 Itayado 板宿
(滝川中学・高等学校前)
Suma-ku
11.7 S11 Myōhōji 妙法寺  
13.3 S12 Myōdani 名谷  
Seishin Line Extension
15.1 S13 Sōgō Undō Kōen 総合運動公園  
16.8 S14 Gakuen-Toshi 学園都市   Nishi-ku
18.4 S15 Ikawadani 伊川谷  
20.1 S16 Seishin-Minami 西神南  
22.7 S17 Seishin-Chuo 西神中央  

Rolling stock[edit]

1000 series, January 2008

All trains are based at Tanigami and Myōdani Depots.

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