Kosei Line

Last updated
Kosei Line
JRW kinki-B.svg
JR West 223 series EMU 053.JPG
Special Rapid Service train (right) and Thunderbird limited express (left) at Hira Station
Overview
Native name湖西線
Owner JR West
Locale Kyoto Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture
TerminiYamashina
Ōmi-Shiotsu
Stations21
Service
TypeHeavy rail
SystemUrban Network (Yamashina – Nagahara)
Operator(s) JR West
JR Freight
History
Opened1974
Technical
Line length74.1 km (46.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed130 km/h (81 mph)

The Kosei Line (湖西線, Kosei-sen) is a commuter rail line in Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The line was completed in 1974 by the former Japanese National Railways (JNR) to provide faster access from the Kansai region to the Hokuriku region. It originates at Yamashina Station in Yamashina-ku, Kyoto and ends at Ōmi-Shiotsu Station in Nagahama, Shiga.

Contents

Its name means "the line to the west of the lake," indicating that it approximately parallels the western shore of Biwako. Trains continue from Yamashina to Kyoto Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line for convenient transfer to lines serving the Kansai as well as the Tōkaidō Shinkansen.

In addition to local, Rapid and Special Rapid services, limited express trains such as the Thunderbird , as well as freight trains are frequently operated on the line. Some of limited express trains stop at Ōtsukyō or Katata and others skip all stations on the line.

History

A direct Tsuruga – Kyoto line was included in the 1922 Railway Construction Act.

In the meantime, the Kojaku Railway Co. opened a line from Hamaotsu on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line 51 km to Omi-Imazu between 1923 and 1929. Between 1947 and 1965 there was a connection between Zeze on the Tokaido Main Line and Hamaotsu, allowing direct connection to the Tokaido Line.

The line was purchase by JNR and closed in 1969 so the Kosei line could be constructed over parts of the alignment, with the entire new line opening in 1974 as a dual track electrified line with CTC signalling.

The section from Nagahara to Ōmi-Shiotsu, originally electrified with 20 kV AC, was re-electrified to 1,500 V DC on September 24, 2006 enabling DC-only EMUs used in Osaka-Kyoto region to operate, and the Special Rapid through train service from JR Kyoto Line (Tokaido Main Line) was extended beyond Ōmi-Shiotsu to Tsuruga on the Hokuriku Main Line.

Services and stations

Legends:

Local (普通) trains stop at all stations, but they do not operate through services to the JR Kyoto Line.

Rapid (快速) trains operate only in the mornings, which heads south to the JR Kyoto Line. 2 services are operated every weekday morning and 1 service is operated every weekend morning. [1]

Special Rapid (新快速) trains operate one train per hour for both directions, throughout daytime. [1]

Official line nameNo.NameJapaneseDistance (km)RapidSpecial
Rapid
TransfersLocation
between
stations
from
Yamashina
Special Rapid & Rapid: Through service to/from JR Kyoto Line
Tōkaidō Main Line B31  Kyoto 京都5.55.5 Shinkansen jrc.svg Tōkaidō Shinkansen
JRW kinki-A.svg Tōkaidō Main Line (JR Kyoto Line) (JR-A31)
JRW kinki-D.svg Nara Line (JR-D01)
JRW kinki-E.svg San'in Main Line (Sagano Line) (JR-E01)
 B  Kintetsu Kyoto Line (B01)
Subway KyotoKarasuma.png Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line (K11)
Shimogyō-ku,
Kyoto
Kyoto
 B30  Yamashina 山科0.0 JRW kinki-A.svg Tōkaidō Main Line (Biwako Line) (JR-A30)
Subway KyotoTozai.png Kyoto Municipal Subway Tōzai Line (T07)
Number prefix Otsu lines.png Keihan Keishin Line (OT31: Keihan Yamashina)
Yamashina-ku,
Kyoto
Kosei Line
 B29  Ōtsukyō 大津京5.45.4 Number prefix Otsu lines.png Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line (OT15: Ojiyama ) Ōtsu Shiga
 B28  Karasaki 唐崎3.18.5|| 
 B27  Hieizan Sakamoto 比叡山坂本2.611.1 
 B26  Ogoto-onsen おごと温泉3.414.5| 
 B25  Katata 堅田3.217.7 
 B24  Ono 小野2.119.8|| 
 B23  Wani 和邇2.722.5|| 
 B22  Hōrai 蓬莱2.424.9|| 
 B21  Shiga 志賀2.427.3| 
 B20  Hira 比良2.730.0|| 
 B19  Ōmi-Maiko 近江舞子2.232.2 
 B18  Kita Komatsu 北小松2.334.5 
 B17  Ōmi-Takashima 近江高島6.440.9  Takashima
 B16  Adogawa 安曇川4.145.0 
 B15  Shin-Asahi 新旭3.348.3 
 B14  Ōmi-Imazu 近江今津4.953.2 
 B13  Ōmi-Nakashō 近江中庄4.858.0 
 B12  Makino マキノ3.261.2 
 B11  Nagahara 永原7.168.3  Nagahama
 B10  Ōmi-Shiotsu 近江塩津5.874.1 JRW kinki-A.svg Hokuriku Main Line (JR-A03)
Hokuriku Main Line
 B09  Shin-Hikida 新疋田7.881.9  Tsuruga Fukui
 B08  Tsuruga 敦賀6.788.6 JRW kinki-A.svg Hokuriku Main Line (JR-A01)
Obama Line

Only 4 car trains run up to Tsuruga at the moment, and the rear 8 cars in a 12 car set are terminated at Omi-Imazu station. (B14)

Rolling stock

Current

Passenger

Local
Special Rapid and Local
Limited Express

Freight

Former

EMU

DMU

See also

Related Research Articles

Tōkaidō Main Line Railway line in Japan

The Tōkaidō Main Line is a major Japanese railway line of the Japan Railways Group network, connecting Tokyo and Kōbe stations. It is 515.4 km (320.3 mi) long, not counting its many freight feeder lines around the major cities. The high-speed Tōkaidō Shinkansen largely parallels the line.

Hankyū Kōbe Main Line

The Kōbe Main Line of Hankyu Railway is one of the three major commuter heavy rail lines in the Keihanshin conurbation of Japan. It links the urban centres of Osaka and Kobe by connecting the major stations of Umeda in Osaka and Sannomiya in Kobe.

The Biwako Line is the nickname used by the operator of the West Japan Railway Company to refer to the portion of the Tōkaidō Main Line and the Hokuriku Main Line. The section, along with JR Kyoto Line and JR Kobe Line, forms a contiguous service that is the main trunk of JR West's "Urban Network" commuter rail network in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area.

Hokuriku Main Line

The Hokuriku Main Line is a 176.6 kilometer railway line owned by West Japan Railway Company connecting Maibara Station in Maibara, Shiga, with Kanazawa Station in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. It serves the Hokuriku region on the northern central coast of Honshu, the largest island of Japan, as well as offering connections to the regions of Kansai, Tōkai, Kantō, and Tōhoku.

<i>Raichō</i>

The Raichō (雷鳥) was a limited express train operated by the West Japan Railway Company between Osaka and Kanazawa in Japan until March 2011, using portions of the Tōkaidō Main Line, Kosei Line, and Hokuriku Main Line.

The Thunderbird is a limited express train service operated by the West Japan Railway Company between Osaka and Kanazawa or Wakuraonsen in Japan, using portions of the Tokaido Main Line, Kosei Line, Hokuriku Main Line, IR Ishikawa Railway Line, and Nanao Line.

Hokuriku Shinkansen High-speed railway line in Japan between Tokyo and Kanazawa

The Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線) is a high-speed shinkansen railway line jointly operated by East Japan Railway Company and West Japan Railway Company, connecting Tokyo with Kanazawa in the Hokuriku region of Japan. The first section, between Takasaki and Nagano in Nagano Prefecture, opened on 1 October 1997, originally called the Nagano Shinkansen (長野新幹線). The extension to Toyama in Toyama Prefecture and Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture opened on 14 March 2015. Construction of a further section onward to Fukui and Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture commenced in 2012, with scheduled opening in fiscal 2022. The route of the final section to Shin-Osaka was decided on 20 December 2016 as the Osaka–Kyoto route, with construction expected to begin in 2030 and take 15 years.

JR Kyoto Line Railway line in Keihanshin, Japan

The JR Kyoto Line is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company. The name applies to the section of the Tōkaidō Main Line between Kyōto Station and Ōsaka Station.

The Fukuchiyama Line is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company connecting Osaka and Fukuchiyama, Japan. Within JR West's "Urban Network" covering the Osaka–Kobe–Kyoto metropolitan region, the line from Osaka to Sasayamaguchi is also called the JR Takarazuka Line (JR宝塚線). The line traverses the cities of Kawanishi and Takarazuka in the northwestern corner of the Osaka metropolitan area.

Katamachi Line Railway line in Japan

The Katamachi Line, officially nicknamed the Gakkentoshi Line, is a commuter rail line and service in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area of Japan, owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company. The line connects Kizu Station in Kyoto Prefecture and Kyōbashi Station in Osaka.

Nara Line (JR West) Railway line in Kyoto prefecture, Japan

The Nara Line is a commuter rail line in the Osaka–Kobe–Kyoto metropolitan area, operated by the West Japan Railway Company. Its official termini are Kizu Station in Kizugawa and Kyōto Station in Kyoto, within Kyoto Prefecture; however, all trains continue past Kizu on the Yamatoji Line to Nara Station in Nara, Nara Prefecture.

<i>Twilight Express</i>

The Twilight Express was a limited express sleeping car train service operated by West Japan Railway Company in Japan from 1989 until March 2015. It ran between the city of Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido and Osaka in south-western Honshu, a distance of approximately 1,500 km (930 mi), with the journey taking between 22 and 23 hours. From May 2015 until March 2016, the train operated as a luxury cruise train between Osaka and Shimonoseki in western Japan.

JR Kobe Line Railway line in Japan

The JR Kobe Line is the nickname of portions of the Tokaido Main Line and the Sanyo Main Line, between Osaka Station in Osaka, Osaka Prefecture and Himeji Station in Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture. The line, along with the JR Kyoto Line and the Biwako Line, forms a contiguous service that is the main trunk of West Japan Railway Company's Urban Network commuter rail network in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area. The line also offers continuous service to the Gakkentoshi Line via the JR Tōzai Line.

Tsuruga Station Railway station in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan

Tsuruga Station is a railway station in the city of Tsuruga, Fukui, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company. It is served by the Hokuriku Main Line and the Obama Line. A freight-only branch Line known as the Tsuruga Port Line operated by JR Freight also runs from this station.

Nagahama Station Railway station in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Nagahama Station is a railway station on the Hokuriku Main Line in Nagahama, Shiga, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company.

Shin-Hikida Station Railway station in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan

Shin-Hikida Station is a railway station on the Hokuriku Main Line in the city of Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company.

Ōmi-Imazu Station Railway station in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Ōmi-Imazu Station is a railway station on the Kosei Line of West Japan Railway Company located in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Zeze Station Railway station in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Zeze Station is a railway station in Ōtsu, Shiga, Japan. The station is on the Biwako Line of West Japan Railway Company. In front of Zeze Station is Keihan Zeze Station on the Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line of Keihan Electric Railway. This article covers both stations.

221 series Japanese train type

The 221 series is a suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR-West) in the Kansai Region of Japan since March 1989.

521 series Japanese electric multiple unit train type

The 521 series is a dual-voltage AC/DC outer-suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by West Japan Railway Company and the third-sector railway operators IR Ishikawa Railway and Ainokaze Toyama Railway on local services in the Fukui and Kanazawa areas since November 2006.

References

  1. 1 2 "大津京駅|時刻表:JRおでかけネット" [Timetable of Otsukyo Station.]. JR Odekake Net. 16 March 2019.