Sakurai Line

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Sakurai Line
JRW kinki-U.svg
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227-1000 series at Nara Station
Overview
Other name(s)Manyō-Mahoroba Line
Owner JR West
Locale Nara Prefecture
Termini Nara
Takada
Stations14
Service
Type Regional rail
SystemUrban Network
Rolling stock 103 series EMU, 201 series EMU, 221 series EMU, 227-1000 series EMU
History
Opened1893
Technical
Line length29.4 km (18.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed85 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.

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History

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.

Former connecting lines

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.

Stations

StationJapanesedistance (km)TransfersLocation
Nara 奈良0.0 JRW kinki-Q.svg Yamatoji Line (Q36)
JRW kinki-D.svg Nara Line (D21)
Nara Nara Prefecture
Kyōbate 京終1.9 
Obitoke 帯解4.8 
Ichinomoto 櫟本7.3  Tenri
Tenri 天理9.6  H   Kintetsu Tenri Line (H35)
Nagara 長柄12.6 
Yanagimoto 柳本14.3 
Makimuku 巻向15.9  Sakurai
Miwa 三輪18.0 
Sakurai 桜井19.7  D   Kintetsu Osaka Line (D42)
Kaguyama 香久山21.7  Kashihara
Unebi 畝傍24.7Kintetsu Kashihara Line (Yagi-nishiguchi Station)
Kanahashi 金橋27.3 
Takada 高田29.4 JRW kinki-T.svg Wakayama Line
  D   Kintetsu Osaka Line (D25:Yamato-Takada Station)
Yamatotakada
Through service on the Wakayama Line to Ōji and Gojō

Rolling stock

Former

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