Shintetsu Ao Line

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Shintetsu Ao Line
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1500 series EMU on the 50 per mil gradient between Omura and Kashiyama, April 2011
Overview
Native name粟生線
Owner Kobe Electric Railway
Locale Hyōgo Prefecture
Termini Suzurandai
Ao
Service
Type Heavy rail
History
Opened28 December 1936
Technical
Line length29.2 km (18.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed70 km/h (45 mph)

The Ao Line (粟生線, Ao-sen) is a commuter railway line in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, operated by the Kobe Electric Railway (Shintetsu). It connects Kobe with its northwestern suburb, Ono. The line is 29.2 km (18.1 mi) long, extending from Suzurandai in Kita-ku to Ao, where the line connects with the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Kakogawa Line, although all trains continue past Suzurandai to Shinkaichi via the Shintetsu Arima Line and Kobe Rapid Railway Namboku Line.

Contents

Between Suzurandai Station and Kizu Station, track gradient can reach 50 at most.

History

The Miki Electric Railway Co. opened the Suzurandai - Hirono Golf-jo-mae on 28 December 1936. [1] DMUs operated until the section was electrified the following year and extended to Miki Uenomaru, with the extension to Miki opening in 1938.

In 1947 the company merged with the Kobe Electric Railway Co., which extended the line to Ono on 28 December 1951, and from Ono to Ao on 10 April 1952. [1]

The Nishi-Suzurandai - Aina section was duplicated in 1982, and the Kizu - Oshibedani section was duplicated between 1979 and 1989.

Former connecting lines

Stations

StationDistance (km)Local
(普通)
Semi-Express
(準急)
Express
(急行)
TransfersLocation
Suzurandai 鈴蘭台0.0SSS Kita-ku, Kobe
Suzurandai-nishiguchi 鈴蘭台西口0.8SSS 
Nishi-Suzurandai 西鈴蘭台1.3SSS 
Aina 藍那3.0SS 
Kizu 木津6.4SS  Nishi-ku, Kobe
Kobata 木幡8.1SSS 
Sakae 9.6SSS 
Oshibedani 押部谷11.2SSS 
Midorigaoka 緑が丘12.8SSS  Miki
Hirono Golf-jo-mae 広野ゴルフ場前13.5SSS 
Shijimi 志染15.6SSS 
Ebisu 恵比須17.6SSS 
Miki Uenomaru 三木上の丸18.6SSS 
Miki 三木19.3SSS 
Omura 大村20.8SSS 
Kashiyama 樫山23.2SSS  Ono
Ichiba 市場23.9SSS 
Ono 小野26.2SSS 
Hata 葉多27.7SSS 
Ao 粟生29.2SSS

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References

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

  1. 1 2 Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄[Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. pp. 263–4. ISBN   4-87366-874-3.