Shintetsu Ao Line

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Shintetsu Ao Line
Number prefix Kobe Railway line.png
Shintetsu Ao line omura-kashiyama.jpg
1500 series EMU on the 50 per mil gradient between Omura and Kashiyama, April 2011
Overview
Native name 粟生線
Type Heavy rail
Locale Hyōgo Prefecture
Termini Suzurandai
Ao
Operation
Opened 28 December 1936
Owner Kobe Electric Railway
Technical
Line length 29.2 km (18.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 70 km/h (45 mph)

The Ao Line (粟生線 Ao-sen?) is a commuter railway line in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, operated by the Kobe Electric Railway (Shintetsu). It connects Kobe with its northwestern suburb, Ono. The line is 29.2 km (18.1 mi) long, extending from Suzurandai in Kita-ku to Ao, where the line connects with the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Kakogawa Line, although all trains continue past Suzurandai to Shinkaichi via the Shintetsu Arima Line and Kobe Rapid Railway Namboku Line.

History[edit]

The Miki Electric Railway Co. opened the Suzurandai - Hirono Golf-jo-mae on 28 December 1936.[1] DMUs operated until the section was electified the following year and extended to Miki Uenomaru, with the extension to Miki opening in 1938.

In 1947 the company merged with the Kobe Electric Railway Co., which extended the line to Ono on 28 December 1951, and from Ono to Ao on 10 April 1952.[1]

The Nishi-Suzurandai - Aina section was duplicated in 1982, and the Kizu - Oshibedani section was duplicated between 1979 and 1989.

Former connecting lines[edit]

Stations[edit]

Station Distance (km) Local
(普通)
Semi-Express
(準急)
Express
(急行)
Rapid Express
(快速)
Transfers Location
Suzurandai 鈴蘭台 0.0 S S S S Kita-ku, Kobe
Suzurandai-nishiguchi 鈴蘭台西口 0.8 S S S S  
Nishi-Suzurandai 西鈴蘭台 1.3 S S S S  
Aina 藍那 3.0 S S |  
Kizu 木津 6.4 S S |   Nishi-ku, Kobe
Kobata 木幡 8.1 S S S |  
Sakae 9.6 S S S |  
Oshibedani 押部谷 11.2 S S S S  
Midorigaoka 緑が丘 12.8 S S S S   Miki
Hirono Golf-jo-mae 広野ゴルフ場前 13.5 S S S S  
Shijimi 志染 15.6 S S S S  
Ebisu 恵比須 17.6 S S S S  
Miki Uenomaru 三木上の丸 18.6 S S S S  
Miki 三木 19.3 S S S S  
Omura 大村 20.8 S S S S  
Kashiyama 樫山 23.2 S S S S   Ono
Ichiba 市場 23.9 S S S S  
Ono 小野 26.2 S S S S  
Hata 葉多 27.7 S S S S  
Ao 粟生 29.2 S S S S

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ a b Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. pp. 263–4. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.