Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line

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Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line
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A refurbished Yotsubashi Line 23 series EMU in August 2012
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Osaka Metro
Locale Osaka, Japan
Termini Nishi-Umeda
Suminoekōen
Stations 11
Line number 3
Operation
Opened May 10, 1942
Owner Osaka Metro (2018–present)
Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau (1942–2018)
Depot(s) Midorigi, Morinomiya (located on Chuo Line)
Rolling stock 23 series EMUs
Technical
Line length 11.4 km (7.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 750 V DC, third rail
Operating speed 70 km/h (45 mph)
Route map
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The Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line (四つ橋線, Yotsubashi-sen) is an underground rapid transit line in Osaka, Japan, operated by Osaka Metro. The line connects Umeda, Hommachi, Yotsubashi, Namba, Daikokuchō and Suminoe, and runs parallel to the Midōsuji Line from Daikokuchō to Nishi-Umeda. Its official name is Rapid Electric Tramway Line No. 3 (高速電気軌道第3号線), while the Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau refers to it as Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No. 3 (大阪市高速鉄道第3号線), and in MLIT publications, it is written as Line No. 3 (Yotsubashi Line) (3号線(四つ橋線)). Station numbers are indicated by the letter Y.[1]

Stations[edit]

No. Distance
(km)
Station Japanese Connections Location
 Y11  0.0 Nishi-Umeda 西梅田 Kita-ku, Osaka
 Y12  0.9 Higobashi 肥後橋 Keihan Nakanoshima Line - Watanabebashi Nishi-ku, Osaka
 Y13  1.9 Hommachi 本町
 Y14  2.9 Yotsubashi 四ツ橋
 Y15  3.7 Namba 難波 Naniwa-ku, Osaka
 Y16  4.9 Daikokuchō 大国町 1M.png Midōsuji Line (M21)
 Y17  6.2 Hanazonochō 花園町   Nishinari-ku, Osaka
 Y18  7.3 Kishinosato 岸里  
 Y19  8.6 Tamade 玉出  
 Y20  9.7 Kitakagaya 北加賀屋   Suminoe-ku, Osaka
 Y21  11.4 Suminoekōen 住之江公園 9P.png Nankō Port Town Line (New Tram) (P18)

Rolling stock[edit]

Current[edit]

All trains are based at Midorigi Depot. Since 2014, Yotsubashi Line trains are also able to access Morinomiya Depot located on the Chuo Line, after a connecting track was built between these two lines near Hommachi Station.

Former[edit]

  • 400 series (1942–1969)
  • 1000 series (1956–1971)
  • 1100 series (1958–1979)
  • 1200 series (1958–1980)
  • 50 series (1960–1980)
  • 30 series (1972–1996)

History[edit]

  • May 10, 1942 - Daikokuchō - Hanazonochō (opening)
  • Construction stopped during World War II.
  • June 1, 1956 - Hanazonochō - Kishinosato (opening)
  • May 31, 1958 - Kishinosato - Tamade (opening)
  • October 1, 1965 - Daikokuchō - Nishi-Umeda (opening)
  • November 9, 1972 - Tamade - Suminoekōen (opening)

Plans[edit]

A northward extension to Jūsō Station is under review.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 四つ橋線. Osaka Kotsu (in Japanese). Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ 北ヤード新線、大筋合意 大阪市地下鉄四つ橋線乗り入れ. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). 9 December 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2014.