Domyoji Line

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Domyoji Line
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Kintetsu 6400 series train crossing the Yamato River on the Domyoji Line, February 2007
Overview
Locale Osaka Prefecture
TerminiDōmyōji
Kashiwara
Stations3
Service
Type Commuter rail
Services1
Operator(s) Kintetsu Railway
Depot(s)Furuichi
History
OpenedMarch 24, 1898
Technical
Line length2.2 km (1.4 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed65 km/h (40 mph)
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The Domyoji Line (道明寺線, Dōmyōji-sen) is a single-tracked, 2.2 km short railway line operated by Kintetsu Railway, connecting Dōmyōji Station in the city of Fujiidera and Kashiwara Station in Kashiwara, both in Osaka Prefecture.

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History

The line is the oldest in the Kintetsu railway network. Initially steam-powered, the line was built and opened in 1898 by the Kayō Railway (河陽鉄道, Kayō tetsudō), whose plan was to connect towns of southern Kawachi Province to the then main line of the Osaka Railway (大阪鉄道, Osaka tetsudō), [1] present-day Kansai Main Line.

In the following year, the whole railway from Kashiwara to Tondabayashi [2] was transferred to the Kanan Railway (河南鉄道, Kanan tetsudō), who extended the line to Nagano (present Kawachi-Nagano ) in 1902.

With its name changed to the Osaka Railway [1] in 1919, the company built its own railway directly to Osaka's downtown, diverting at Dōmyōji. The new line opened in 1923 to Osaka Tennōji (大阪天王寺) (present Ōsaka Abenobashi) with 1,500 V DC electrified, the first in Japan. Then the railway line between Dōmyōji and Kashiwara became a short branch line of the network.

In 1943, the predecessor of Kintetsu, the Kansai Express Railway (関西急行鉄道, Kansai kyūkō tetsudō) merged the company. In 1944 it renamed itself Kintetsu.

Operation

All trains are operated as locals between Dōmyōji and Kashiwara. One set of two-car EMU serves the line all day.

Stations

All stations are in Osaka Prefecture.

For distances and connections, see diagram.

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References

  1. 1 2 The Osaka Railway. The first was responsibly constructed Minatomachi (湊町) (present JR Namba) Nara of present Kansai Main Line, in 1900 merged to the Kansei Railway (関西鉄道, Kansei tetsudō, also read Kwansai or Kansai), nationalized in 1907. The second was the successor of the Kanan Railway, apart from the first.
  2. Presently the entire stretch of Domyoji Line and part of Minami Osaka Line and Nagano Line