Ikoma Cable Line

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Ikoma Cable Line (Ikoma Cable)
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at the passing loop of Hōzanji Line
Overview
Native name生駒鋼索線 (生駒ケーブル)
Owner Kintetsu Railway
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Locale Ikoma, Nara, Japan
Termini Toriimae
Ikomasanjo
Stations5
Service
Type Cable railway
System Kintetsu Railway
Operator(s) Kintetsu Railway
History
OpenedAugust 29, 1918;103 years ago (1918-08-29)
Technical
Line length2 km (1.2 mi)
Number of tracks4
CharacterCable railway
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 200 V DC
Operating speed10.8 km/h (6.7 mph)
Ikoma Cable Line
Hōzanji Line
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Ikoma
Ikoma, Keihanna
and Nara lines
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Toriimae
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Toriimae Crossing 1
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Toriimae Crossing 2
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Toriimae Crossing 3
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Hōzanji
Sanjō Line
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Hōzanji
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Hozanji Crossing
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Umeyashiki
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Kasumigaoka
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Kasumigaoka Crossing
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Ikoma-Sanjō
km

The Ikoma Cable Line (生駒鋼索線, Ikoma kōsaku sen), referred to as Ikoma Cable (生駒ケーブル, Ikoma kēburu), is a cable railway line owned and operated by the Kintetsu Railway, a Japanese major private railway. The line connects Toriimae to Ikomasanjo, all of which are within Ikoma, Nara, Japan.

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Overview

The Ikoma Cable Line is actually made up of two different lines; Hōzanji Line (宝山寺線, Hōzanji-sen) between Toriimae and Hōzanji, Sanjō Line (山上線, Sanjō-sen) between Hōzanji and Ikoma-Sanjō. The Hōzanji Line is the oldest commercially operated funicular in Japan, opened in 1918. It runs to Hōzan-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple. Sanjō Line climbs up Mount Ikoma, reaching Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park.

The Hōzanji Line is the only double-track funicular in the country. However, the two tracks are treated as different lines, called Hōzanji Line 1 (宝山寺1号線, Hōzanji Ichi-gō-sen) and Hōzanji Line 2 (宝山寺2号線, Hōzanji Ni-gō-sen). Normally, only Hōzanji Line 1 and Sanjō Line are used. Hōzanji Line 2 is operated in holiday seasons, and for safety inspections of the Line 1. Since the Hōzanji Line runs along a fairly urbanized area, it also functions as a commuter line. However, the line does not accept PiTaPa, a smart card ticketing system, nor Surutto Kansai, a prepaid magnetic card ticketing system.

In 2021, the line became a Civil Engineering heritage site. [1]

Rolling stocks

Hōzanji Line 1 used classical 1928 cars until 2000, when they were replaced by the current fancy-decorated cars. Since then, bulldog-faced "Bull" and calico cat-faced "Mike" serve the line, both officially being Type Ko 11. Sanjō Line uses organ-like "Do-Re-Mi", cake-decorated "Sweet", both officially Type Ko 15. Hōzanji Line 2 uses ordinary-shaped Type Ko 3 cars, nicknamed "Yume-Ikoma".

Stations

line nameNo.Station nameJapaneseDistance
(km)
DirectTransfersLocation
Hōzanji
Line
 Y17  Toriimae 鳥居前0.0 KT number-A.svg Nara Line (Ikoma) (A17)
KT number-C.svg Keihanna Line (Ikoma) (C27)
KT number-G.svg Ikoma Line (Ikoma) (G17)
Ikoma Nara
Prefecture
Sanjō
Line
 Y18  Hōzanji 宝山寺0.9
 Y19  Umeyashiki 梅屋敷1.2|
 Y20  Kasumigaoka 霞ヶ丘1.6|
 Y21  Ikoma-Sanjo 生駒山上2.0

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Cableway heritage commemorated" . railwaygazette.com. DVV Media International. 31 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2021.

Coordinates: 34°41′12.4″N135°41′23.9″E / 34.686778°N 135.689972°E / 34.686778; 135.689972