Ikoma Cable Line
The Ikoma Cable Line (生駒鋼索線, Ikoma kōsaku sen), referred to as Ikoma Cable (生駒ケーブル, Ikoma kēburu), is a cable railway line owned and operated by the Kintetsu Railway, a Japanese major private railway. The line connects Toriimae to Ikomasanjo, all of which are within Ikoma, Nara, Japan.
|Ikoma Cable Line (Ikoma Cable)|
|Native name||生駒鋼索線 (生駒ケーブル)|
|Locale||Ikoma, Nara, Japan|
|Opened||August 29, 1918|
|Line length||2 km (1.2 mi)|
|Number of tracks||4|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||200 V DC|
|Operating speed||10.8 km/h (6.7 mph)|
Ikoma Cable Line
- Lines and distances:
- Hōzanji Line: Toriimae - Hōzanji, 0.9 km (0.6 mi)
- Sanjō Line: Hōzanji - Ikoma-Sanjō, 1.1 km (0.7 mi)
- Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
- Stations: 5
- Double track line: Toriimae — Hōzanji
- Quadruple at the passing loop
- Vertical interval:
- Hōzanji Line: 146 m (479 ft)
- Sanjō Line: 322 m (1,056 ft)
The Ikoma Cable Line is actually made up of two different lines; Hōzanji Line (宝山寺線, Hōzanji-sen) between Toriimae and Hōzanji, Sanjō Line (山上線, Sanjō-sen) between Hōzanji and Ikoma-Sanjō. The Hōzanji Line is the oldest commercially operated funicular in Japan, opened in 1918. It runs to Hōzan-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple. Sanjō Line climbs up Mount Ikoma, reaching Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park.
The Hōzanji Line is the only double-track funicular in the country. However, the two tracks are treated as different lines, called Hōzanji Line 1 (宝山寺1号線, Hōzanji Ichi-gō-sen) and Hōzanji Line 2 (宝山寺2号線, Hōzanji Ni-gō-sen). Normally, only Hōzanji Line 1 and Sanjō Line are used. Hōzanji Line 2 is operated in holiday seasons, and for safety inspections of the Line 1. Since the Hōzanji Line runs along a fairly urbanized area, it also functions as a commuter line. However, the line does not accept PiTaPa, a smart card ticketing system, nor Surutto Kansai, a prepaid magnetic card ticketing system.
Hōzanji Line 1 used classical 1928 cars until 2000, when they were replaced by the current fancy-decorated cars. Since then, bulldog-faced "Bull" and calico cat-faced "Mike" serve the line, both officially being Type Ko 11. Sanjō Line uses organ-like "Do-Re-Mi", cake-decorated "Sweet", both officially Type Ko 15. Hōzanji Line 2 uses ordinary-shaped Type Ko 3 cars, nicknamed "Yume-Ikoma".
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