Osaka Higashi Line

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Osaka Higashi Line
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A 201 series EMU on a "Local" service in February 2011
Overview
Native nameおおさか東線
OwnerOsaka Soto-Kanjo Railway Co., Ltd.
Locale Osaka Prefecture
TerminiOsaka
Kyūhōji
Stations14
Service
TypeHeavy rail
SystemUrban Network
Operator(s) JR-West
JR Freight
Depot(s)Aboshi
Rolling stock 201 series EMU
207 series EMU
321 series EMU
History
OpenedMarch 15, 1929 (as Katamachi Freight Branch Line)
March 15, 2008 (as Osaka Higashi Line)
Technical
Line length20.2 km (12.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Route map
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Umeda Freight Line
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Osaka
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The Osaka Higashi Line (おおさか東線, Ōsaka-Higashi-sen) (Literally: Osaka East Line) is a railway line in Osaka, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR-West). The line connects Shin-Osaka Station in northern Osaka with Kyūhōji Station in Yao, forming an arc around the northern and eastern suburbs of the city. Before being named on August 23, 2007, the line was constructed with the tentative name "Osaka Outer Loop Line (大阪外環状線, Ōsaka-soto-kanjōsen)".

Contents

The line is constructed and owned by the Osaka Soto-Kanjo Railway Co., Ltd. (大阪外環状鉄道株式会社, Ōsaka Sotokanjō Tetsudō Kabushiki Kaisha) as a Category-3 railway business under the Railway Business Act of Japan. JR-West and JR Freight operate trains as Category-2 railway business.[ citation needed ] The Kita-Umeda extension will open in 2023, replacing the above-ground Umeda Freight Line.

History

Conceived in the 1950s during Japan's explosive postwar economic growth, it was planned as a grand "outer loop" of the city, using existing freight lines to link Amagasaki with Shin-Osaka, Suita, Awaji, Hanaten, Kami, Uriwari and Sugimotochō, with a newly constructed segment into Osaka's (then primarily industrial) Nankō Port Town. However, with JNR's financial situation deteriorating catastrophically (culminating in its privatization) and continuing issues surrounding land acquisition and squatting by local residents on railway property, the plan was cut back to Shin-Osaka and Kami, terminating at Kyūhōji in the south.[ citation needed ] (The Hanwa Freight Line, which would have carried the southern segment from Kami to Sugimotochō, was officially abandoned by JR Freight in 2009.) The line connects Shin-Osaka Station in northern Osaka with Kyūhōji Station in Yao, forming an arc around the northern and eastern suburbs of the city.

The southern part opened on March 15, 2008. [1] But because of problems with the illegal occupation of a site, construction of the northern part was delayed. [2] Construction of the northern segment started in 2011 and the section between Shin-Osaka and Hanaten has opened on March 16, 2019. [3] [4]

Stations

StatusNo.StationJapaneseDistance (km)Direct RapidTransfersLocation
Between StationsTotal
Under construction F01  Ōsaka (Ume-kita underground station)大阪(うめきた地下駅)-- JRW kinki-A.svg JR Kōbe Line (JR-A47)

JRW kinki-G.svg JR Takarazuka Line (JR-G47)

JRW kinki-O.svg Osaka Loop Line (JR-O11)

From Osaka-umeda Station:

From Osaka-Umeda Station:

From Umeda Station:

From Higashi-Umeda Station:

From Nishi-Umeda Station:

From Kitashinchi Station:

Kita-ku, Osaka
In operation F02  Shin-Osaka 新大阪-0.0 JRW kinki-A.svg JR Kyoto Line (JR-A46)

Shinkansen jrc.svg Shinkansen jrw.svg TokaidoSanyo Shinkansen

Osaka Metro Midosuji line symbol.svg Osaka Metro Midōsuji Line (M13)

Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
 F03  Minami-Suita 南吹田2.02.0|  Suita
 F04  JR-Awaji JR淡路1.33.3|From Awaji Station: Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka
 F05  Shirokitakōendōri 城北公園通2.15.4|  Miyakojima-ku, Osaka
 F06  JR-Noe JR野江2.27.6|From Noe Station:

Number prefix Keihan lines.png Keihan Main Line (KH-05)

From Noe-Uchindai Station:

Osaka Metro Tanimachi line symbol.svg Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line (T16)

Joto-ku, Osaka
 F07  Shigino 鴫野1.89.4| JRW kinki-H.svg Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line, JR-H40)

Osaka Metro Imazatosuji line symbol.svg Osaka Metro Imazatosuji Line

 F08  Hanaten 放出1.611.0 JRW kinki-H.svg Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line, JR-H39) Tsurumi-ku, Osaka
 F09  Takaida-Chūō 高井田中央1.712.7From Takaida Station:

Osaka Metro Chuo line symbol.svg Osaka Metro Chuo Line (C22)

Higashiosaka, Osaka
 F10  JR Kawachi-Eiwa JR河内永和1.614.3From Kawachi-Eiwa Station

 A  Kintetsu Nara Line (A07)

 F11  JR Shuntokumichi JR俊徳道0.614.9|From Shuntokumichi Station:

  D   Osaka Line (D07)

 F12  JR Nagase JR長瀬1.015.9| 
 F13  Kizuri-Kamikita 衣摺加美北1.317.2| 
 F14  Shin-Kami 新加美1.418.6|  Hirano-ku, Osaka
 F15  Kyūhōji 久宝寺1.620.2 JRW kinki-Q.svg Yamatoji Line (Kansai Main Line) Yao, Osaka
Rapid service through to Nara via the Yamatoji Line
Notes

    Rolling stock

    Passenger

    Former

    The 103 and 201 series trains are based at Nara Depot, the 207 series trains are based at Aboshi Depot, while the 223-6000 series trains were based at Miyahara Depot.

    Freight

    Locomotives seen hauling freight trains include the DD51, DE10, EF66, EF81 and EF210.[ citation needed ]

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    References

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