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227-1000 series at Nara Station
|Other name(s)||Manyō-Mahoroba Line|
|Termini|| Nara |
|Rolling stock||103 series EMU, 201 series EMU, 221 series EMU, 227-1000 series EMU|
|Line length||29.4 km (18.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead lines|
|Operating speed||85 km/h (53 mph)|
The Sakurai Line (桜井線, Sakurai-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Nara Prefecture. It connects Nara on the Yamatoji Line to Takada on the Wakayama Line, with some services continuing on the Wakayama Line to Ōji Station, and then to JR Namba on the Yamatoji Line. Starting on March 13, 2010, it is referred to by the nickname "Manyō-Mahoroba Line" (万葉まほろば線, Man-yō Mahoroba sen, "Man-yō" refers to the Man'yōshū and mahoroba refers to Nara)" in reference to the large number of ancient landmarks along the line's route.
The Osaka Railway Co. opened the Takada - Sakurai section in 1893, and the Nara Railway Co. opened the Sakurai - Kyobate section in 1898, extending the line to Nara the following year.
In 1900 the Osaka Railway Co. merged with the Kansai Railway Co., and the Nara Railway Co. did likewise in 1905. In 1907 the Kansai Railway Co. was nationalised.
CTC signalling was commissioned in 1979, and the line was electrified in 1980. Freight services ceased in 1983.
The Osaka Electric Railway Co. operated a 6km line to Hatsuse between 1909 and 1938.
The Yamoto Railway Co. line from Oji connected between 1923 and 1944, when that line closed beyond Tawaramoto station.
|Tenri||天理||9.6||Kintetsu Tenri Line (H35)|
|Sakurai||桜井||19.7||Osaka Line (D42)Kintetsu|
|Unebi||畝傍||24.7||Kintetsu Kashihara Line (Yagi-nishiguchi Station)|
Kintetsu Osaka Line (D25:Yamato-Takada Station)
|Through service on the Wakayama Line to Ōji and Gojō|
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