JR Kyoto Line

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The JR Kyoto Line (JR京都線, JR Kyōto-sen) is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The name applies to the section of the Tōkaidō Main Line between Kyōto Station and Ōsaka Station.

JR Kyoto Line
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local service
223-2000 series EMU on a Special Rapid Service, March 2017
Overview
Native nameJR京都線
OwnerJR West
LocaleKyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture
TerminiKyoto (Tōkaidō Line)
Osaka (Tōkaidō Line)
Service
TypeHeavy rail
SystemUrban Network
Operator(s)JR West
JR Freight
History
OpenedJuly 26, 1876 (as part of Tōkaidō Main Line)
March 13, 1988 (renamed as JR Kyoto Line)
Technical
Line length42.8 km (26.6 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speedouter tracks: 130 km/h (81 mph)
inner tracks: 120 km/h (75 mph)

The Kyoto Line operates in combination with the Biwako Line and the JR Kobe Line, and offers through service trains to the Kosei Line and the JR Takarazuka Line.

Basic dataEdit

ServicesEdit

Commuter trains are classified in three types:

  • Special Rapid Service (新快速, Shin-Kaisoku)
    • Continuing service from the Biwako Line and the Kosei Line. Trains stop at Kyōto, Takatsuki, Shin-Ōsaka, and Ōsaka. Trains continue from Ōsaka on the JR Kōbe Line to Himeji and beyond. 223 series and 225 series EMUs are used. Daytime trains depart every 15 minutes and take 28 minutes from Kyōto to Ōsaka and vice versa.
  • Rapid Service (快速, Kaisoku)
    • Continuing service from the Biwako Line and the Kosei Line. Trains stop at Kyōto, Nagaokakyō, Takatsuki, Ibaraki, Shin-Ōsaka, and Ōsaka. After the morning, trains also stop at all other stations between Kyōto and Takatsuki and occasionally called local trains on this section. Trains continue from Osaka on the JR Kōbe Line to Himeji and beyond. 225 series, 223 series, 221 series EMUs are used.
  • Local (普通, Futsū)
    • Service from Kyōto to Nishi-Akashi on the JR Kōbe Line, and from Takatsuki to Shin-Sanda on the JR Takarazuka Line. Trains stop at all stations. 321 series EMUs and 207 series EMUs are used.

In addition to the three types of commuter trains, long-distance limited express trains connecting the Kyoto-Osaka region with Kansai International Airport (Haruka services), Hokuriku region (Thunderbird services) and other areas also frequently operate on the line. Freight trains also operate on the line except for the section near Osaka Station where freight trains use separate freight lines.

StationsEdit

Legend:

  • ● : All trains stop
  • | : All trains pass
  • ▲ : Trains only after morning rush stop

Local trains stop at all stations. Rapid trains in the morning skip some stops between Kyoto and Takatsuki.

Official Line Name No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Stops Transfers Location
Rapid Special Rapid Ward, City Prefecture
Through services from Biwako Line and Kosei Line
Tōkaidō Main Line  A31  Kyoto 京都 0.0   Tōkaidō Shinkansen
  Biwako Line
  Kosei Line ( B31 )
  Nara Line ( D01 )
  Sagano Line ( E01 )
 B  Kintetsu Kyoto Line (B01)
  Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line (K11)
Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto Kyoto
 A32  Nishiōji 西大路 2.5 | Minami-ku, Kyoto
 A33  Katsuragawa 桂川
(久世)
5.3 |
 A34  Mukōmachi 向日町 6.4 | Mukō
 A35  Nagaokakyō 長岡京 10.1 | Nagaokakyō
 A36  Yamazaki 山崎 14.1 | Ōyamazaki
 A37  Shimamoto 島本 16.3 | Shimamoto Osaka
 A38  Takatsuki 高槻 21.6 Takatsuki
 A39  Settsu-Tonda 摂津富田 24.5 | |
 A40  JR-Sōjiji[1] JR総持寺 26.2 | | Ibaraki
 A41  Ibaraki 茨木 28.2 |
 A42  Senrioka 千里丘 31.1 | | Settsu
 A43  Kishibe 岸辺 32.8 | | Suita
 A44  Suita 吹田 35.2 | |
 A45  Higashi-Yodogawa 東淀川 38.3 | | Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
 A46  Shin-Ōsaka 新大阪 39.0   Tōkaidō Shinkansen
  Sanyō Shinkansen
  Osaka Higashi Line ( F02 )
  Osaka Metro Midōsuji Line (M13)
 A47  Ōsaka 大阪 42.8   JR Kōbe Line
  JR Takarazuka Line ( G47 )
  Osaka Loop Line ( O11 )
  Osaka Higashi Line ( F01 , 2023)
  JR Tōzai Line ( H44 :Kitashinchi Station)
  Hankyū Kōbe Main Line,   Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line,   Hankyu Kyoto Main Line (HK-01:Osaka-umeda Station)
  Hanshin Main Line (HS 01:Osaka-Umeda Station)
  Osaka Metro:
  Midōsuji Line (M16: Umeda Station)
  Tanimachi Line (T20: Higashi-Umeda Station)
  Yotsubashi Line (Y11: Nishi-Umeda Station)
Kita-ku, Osaka
Through services on JR Kobe Line

Through services on JR Takarazuka Line (Local only)

Closed stationEdit

From September 5, 1876 to the opening of Kyoto Station on February 6, 1877, Ōmiyadōri Temporary Station (大宮通仮停車場, Ōmiyadōri Kari Teishajō) was the station for the city of Kyoto. The temporary station was located at 40 chains (0.80 km) west of Kyoto Station construction site, or 3 miles and 47 chains (5.77 km) away from Mukōmachi Station.

Rolling stockEdit

LocalEdit

  • 207 series (from 1991, through service with Fukuchiyama Line)
  • 321 series (from 2005, through service with Fukuchiyama Line)

Special Rapid and RapidEdit

Limited expressEdit

FormerEdit

HistoryEdit

The line now called the JR Kyoto Line opened in 1876, only four years after the opening of the first railway in Japan. On July 26, 1876, the Japanese Government Railways opened the section between Ōsaka and Mukōmachi with an intermediate station at Takatsuki. On August 9, 1876, Yamazaki Station, Ibaraki Station and Suita Station opened. Kyoto Station opened on February 6, 1877.

On June 1, 1949, operation of the line was taken over by Japanese National Railways (JNR).

  • October 1, 1964 – Shin-Ōsaka Station opens with a Tōkaidō Shinkansen connection
  • October 1, 1970 – Operation of Special Rapid Service starts
  • April 1, 1987 - JR West becomes the operator of the line following privatization of JNR
  • March 13, 1988 – JR West starts the use of the line name JR Kyoto Line

ReferencesEdit