Hankyu Kyoto Main Line

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Hankyu Kyoto Main Line
Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png
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A 9300 series EMU on a limited express service
Overview
Native name阪急京都本線
Locale Kansai
TerminiJūsō
Kyoto-kawaramachi
Stations26
Service
Operator(s) Hankyu Railway
Depot(s)Shōjaku
Katsura
Technical
Line length45.3 km (28.1 mi)
Number of tracksDouble
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed115 km/h (70 mph)
Route map
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The Hankyu Kyoto Main Line (阪急京都本線, Hankyū Kyōto Honsen) is a railway line in Japan operated by the private railway operator Hankyu Railway. It connects Osaka-umeda Station in Osaka and Kyoto-kawaramachi Station in Kyoto.

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Definition

The Kyoto Main Line is often called the Kyoto Line (京都線, Kyōto-sen) for short, and in a broader sense its two branch lines, the Senri Line and the Arashiyama Line, are included to the Kyoto Line by historical, geographical and structural reasons. The other two sections of Hankyu, the Kobe Line and the Takarazuka Line are called the Shinpōsen (神宝線) as a whole.

Officially, the Kyoto Main Line is from Jūsō to Kyoto-kawaramachi, however, all trains run beyond Jūsō to Osaka-umeda terminal, using the eastern tracks of the section exclusively. Hankyu treats the Kyoto Main Line in the same way as the passengers do, i.e. as the line between Osaka-umeda and Kyoto-kawaramachi (except for special circumstances such as governmental procedures).

History

The Kyoto Main Line was constructed in the following phases: [1]

Prior to the merger of Hankyu Railway (then Hanshin Kyūkō Railway) and Keihan Electric Railway in 1943, the line and its branches were owned by the latter and called the Shin-Keihan (New Keihan) Line. In the breakup of the merger in 1949, the line was not ceded to Keihan and became a competitor of the Keihan Main Line. [1]

Proposed connecting line

A loop line from Juso to Awaji via Shin-Osaka station, to provide a direct connection to the Shinkansen has been proposed, but is not currently scheduled for construction.

Service types

Regular operations

In the timetable revised on December 21, 2013, [2] regular trains are classified as follows:

Local (普通, futsū)

Semi-Express (準急, junkyū)

Sakaisuji Semi-Express (堺筋準急, sakaisuji junkyū)

Rapid (快速, kaisoku)

Rapid Express (快速急行, kaisoku kyūkō)

Limited Express (特急, tokkyū)

Commuter Limited Express (通勤特急, tsūkin tokkyū)

Rapid Limited Express (快速特急, kaisoku tokkyū) & Rapid Limited Express A (快速特急A, kaisoku tokkyū A)

Extra services

Stations

Legends:

Local trains stop at all stations.

No trains stop at Nakatsu which is served by Local trains on the Kobe Main Line and the Takarazuka Main Line, because of the absence of any platforms on this line. Thus, in operation, Nakatsu Station is not listed on the Kyoto Line.

The starting point of the distances (km) shown is Jūsō Station, which is officially the starting point of the Kyoto Main Line.

Line nameNo.StationDistance (km)Semi-ExpressSakaisuji Semi-Exp.RapidRapid Exp.Commuter Ltd. Exp.Ltd. Exp.Rapid Ltd. Exp.Rapid Ltd. Exp. ATransfersLocation
Through services:From Awaji:

Local / Sakaisuji Semi-Express ー From Kawaramachi to Tengachaya via the Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png Senri Line and Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line symbol.svg Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line

Local — From Osaka-umeda to Kita-Senri via the Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png Senri Line

Takarazuka Main LineHK-01 Osaka-umeda 大阪梅田(2.4) Number prefix Hanshin Railway.png Hanshin Electric Railway Main Line (HS 01)

Osaka Metro logo 2.svg Osaka Metro

JR West (Ōsaka Station)

Kita-ku, Osaka Osaka Prefecture
HK-03 Jūsō 十三0.0| Number prefix Hankyu Kobe line.png Hankyu Kobe Main Line

Number prefix Hankyu Takarazuka line.png Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line

Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
Kyoto Main Line
HK-61 Minamikata 南方1.9||||| Osaka Metro logo 2.svg Osaka Metro Midosuji line symbol.svg Osaka Metro Midosuji Line (M14: Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station)
HK-62 Sōzenji 崇禅寺3.2||||||| Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka
HK-63 Awaji 淡路4.2| Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png Hankyū Senri Line (through service, see above)

JRW kinki-F.svg JR West Osaka Higashi Line (JR-F04:JR-Awaji Station)

HK-64 Kami-Shinjō 上新庄6.3|||||
HK-65 Aikawa 相川7.2||||||||
HK-66 Shōjaku 正雀9.4|||||||| Settsu
HK-67 Settsu-shi 摂津市10.9||||||||
HK-68 Minami-Ibaraki 南茨木12.9||||| Osaka Monorail Main Line (19) Ibaraki
HK-69 Ibaraki-shi 茨木市14.8||
HK-70 Sōjiji 総持寺16.8||||||||
HK-71 Tonda 富田17.3|||||||| Takatsuki
HK-72 Takatsuki-shi 高槻市20.6||
HK-73 Kammaki 上牧24.9||||||
HK-74 Minase 水無瀬25.7|||||| Shimamoto
HK-75 Ōyamazaki 大山崎27.7|||||| Ōyamazaki Kyoto Prefecture
HK-76 Nishiyama Tennozan [2] [3] 西山天王山30.2|||||| Nagaokakyō
HK-77 Nagaoka-Tenjin 長岡天神31.7||
HK-78 Nishi-Mukō 西向日33.6|||||| Mukō
HK-79 Higashi-Mukō 東向日35.0||||||
HK-80 Rakusaiguchi 洛西口36.3|||||| Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto
HK-81 Katsura 38.0 Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png Hankyu Arashiyama Line
HK-82 Nishi-Kyōgoku 西京極
(西京極総合運動公園前)
40.1|||||| Ukyō-ku, Kyoto
HK-83 Saiin 西院41.9||| Number prefix Randen Arashiyama mainline.png Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Main Line (A02)
HK-84 Ōmiya 大宮43.3||| Number prefix Randen Arashiyama mainline.png Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Main Line (A01: Shijō-Ōmiya Station) Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto
HK-85 Karasuma 烏丸44.4 Subway KyotoKarasuma.png Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line (K09: Shijō Station) Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto
HK-86 Kyoto-kawaramachi 京都河原町45.3 Number prefix Keihan lines.png Keihan Main Line (KH39: Gion-Shijō Station)

Rolling stock

Hankyu 6300 series EMU on a limited express service Hankyu-6354F kyotrain.JPG
Hankyu 6300 series EMU on a limited express service

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References

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

  1. 1 2 Hankyu Corporation & Morokawa, Hisashi (1990). 日本の私鉄7 阪急 (in Japanese). Hoikusha. p. 147. ISBN   4-586-50796-9.
  2. 1 2 Hankyu Corporation (September 20, 2013). "西山天王山駅の開業にあわせて 京都線のダイヤ改正を実施します" [We will revise the schedule of the Kyoto Line in line with the opening of Nishiyama Tennoyama Station](PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese).
  3. City of Nagaokakyō; Hankyu Corporation (March 30, 2012). "阪急京都本線大山崎駅~長岡天神駅間で建設中の新駅の名称を『西山天王山』駅に決定しました" [The name of the new station under construction between Oyamazaki Station and Nagaoka Tenjin Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line has been decided as "Nishiyama Tennoyama" Station.](PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese).