Osaka Metro Chūō Line

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Osaka Metro Chūō Line
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A Chūō Line 20 series EMU in August 2012
Overview
Other name(s) Yumehanna
OwnerOsaka Municipal Transportation Bureau (Osakako — Nagata)
Osaka Port Transport System Co., Ltd. (Cosmosquare — Osakako)
Line number4
LocaleOsaka and Higashiosaka
TerminiCosmosquare
Nagata
Stations14
Service
Type Rapid transit
System Osaka Metro
Operator(s) Osaka Metro (2018–present)
Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau (1961–2018)
Depot(s)Morinomiya
History
OpenedDecember 11, 1961
Technical
Line length17.9 km (11.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification 750 V DC, third rail
Operating speed70 km/h (43 mph)
Route map
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The Osaka Metro Chūō Line (中央線, Chūō-sen) is a rapid transit system in Osaka, Japan, operated by Osaka Metro. The line runs east-westerly under Chūō Avenue (中央大通, Chūō Ōdōri). Its official name is Rapid Electric Tramway Line No. 4 (高速電気軌道第4号線), and in MLIT publications, it is written as Line No. 4 (Chūō Line) (4号線(中央線)). Station numbers are indicated by the letter C.

Contents

Together with the through operation to the Keihanna Line, the two lines have a unified nickname " Yumehanna " (ゆめはんな).

On July 1, 2005, Osaka City bought the Technoport Line (テクノポート線) from Cosmosquare to Osakakō of its subsidiary Osaka Port Transport System Co., Ltd. (大阪港トランスポートシステム), reducing fare to increase traffic. The section became a part of the Chūō Line, however is still owned by OTS.

The Chūō Line is the only line to connect to all other railway lines operated by the Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau, including the Nankō Port Town Line.

Line data

Stations

No.StationJapaneseDistance (km)TransfersLocation
 C10  Cosmosquare コスモスクエア0.0 Osaka Metro Nanko Port Town line symbol.svg Nankō Port Town Line (P09) Suminoe-ku, Osaka
 C11  Ōsakakō
(Tempozan)
大阪港
(天保山)
2.4 Minato-ku, Osaka
 C12  Asashiobashi 朝潮橋3.9
 C13  Bentenchō 弁天町5.5 JRW kinki-O.svg Osaka Loop Line
 C14  Kujō 九条6.8 Number prefix Hanshin Railway.png Hanshin Namba Line Nishi-ku, Osaka
 C15  Awaza 阿波座8.3 Osaka Metro Sennichimae line symbol.svg Sennichimae Line (S13)
 C16  Hommachi
(Semba-nishi)
本町
(船場西)
9.4 Chūō-ku, Osaka
 C17  Sakaisuji-Hommachi
(Semba-higashi)
堺筋本町
(船場東)
10.1 Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line symbol.svg Sakaisuji Line (K15)
 C18  Tanimachi Yonchōme 谷町四丁目11.1 Osaka Metro Tanimachi line symbol.svg Tanimachi Line (T23)
 C19  Morinomiya 森ノ宮12.4
 C20  Midoribashi 緑橋13.6 Osaka Metro Imazatosuji line symbol.svg Imazatosuji Line (I20) Higashinari-ku, Osaka
 C21  Fukaebashi 深江橋14.7
 C22  Takaida 高井田16.1 JRW kinki-F.svg Osaka Higashi Line Higashiosaka
 C23  Nagata 長田17.9 KT number-C.svg Keihanna Line
Through-service to/from Gakken Nara-Tomigaoka Station via the Keihanna Line

Rolling stock

Osaka Metro

Kintetsu Railway

The Osaka Metro trains are based at Morinomiya Depot, while the Kintetsu Railway trains are based at Higashi-Hanazono and Tomigaoka Depots located on the Keihanna Line.

Former

History

The line (initially known as Line No. 4) opened on December 11, 1961, initially running between Ōsakakō and Bentenchō (this was the first elevated portion of the Osaka subway system); trains were initially composed of one car. [1] Between 1964 and 1985, the line was expanded towards Nagata in four stages:

On December 18, 1997, the OTS Technoport Line opened between Ōsakakō and Cosmosquare. This line was absorbed into the Chūō Line on July 1, 2005. The Keihanna Line was extended further into Nara when the extension to Gakken Nara-Tomigaoka opened on March 27, 2006.

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References

  1. Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄[Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 133. ISBN   4-87366-874-3.