Keihan Keishin Line
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The Keishin Line (京津線 Keishin-sen) is an interurban railway line in Japan operated by the private railway operator Keihan Electric Railway. The 7.5 km line connects Misasagi Station in Kyoto and Biwako-Hamaōtsu Station in the neighbouring city of Ōtsu.
|Keihan Keishin Line|
A Keihan 800 series train on the street-running section
|Locale||Kyoto Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture|
Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae or Uzumasa Tenjingawa
|Closed||1997 (Misasagi - Keishin-Sanjo)|
|Operator(s)||Keihan Electric Railway|
|Line length||7.5 km (4.7 mi)|
|Number of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
Except trains between Shinomiya Station and Hamaōtsu Station in early morning and late night, all trains go directly from Hamaōtsu Station to Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station or Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station on the Kyoto Subway Tōzai Line. During off peak hours, the line operates four services an hour.
Stations and connecting linesEdit
|Operations continue to Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tōzai Line.|
|T08||Misasagi||Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (through trains)||Yamashina-ku,|
|OT31||Keihan Yamashina||JR West (Yamashina Station)|
Tōkaidō Line (Biwako Line)
Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (T07: Yamashina Station)
|OT12||Biwako-Hamaōtsu||■ Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line|
- Abandoned stations
- Midorigaoka Undōjō-mae: Shinomiya - Oiwake (extra station, abandoned in 1942)
- Kamisekidera: Ōtani - Kamisakaemachi (abandoned on August 15, 1971)
- Fudanotsuji: Kamisakaemachi - Biwako-Hamaōtsu (abandoned on October 1, 1946)
The station list is as of 1997 when the section was abandoned due to replacement by the Tōzai Line subway. It also lists the corresponding subway stations that replaced the Keishin Line stations.
|Station||Connection / note||Replaced by||Location|
|Keishin-Sanjō||Keihan Main Line, Keihan Ōtō Line||Sanjō-Keihan||Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto|
|Abandoned in 1944|
|Abandoned in 1931|
- Keihan 800 series, four-car EMUs
The line was built in 1912 (dual track electrified at 600 V DC) to connect the city centers of Kyoto and Ōtsu by electric streetcars, as the steam-powered Tōkaidō Main Line was an indirect route between the two cities before its realignment in 1921.
The busiest section of the line, between Keishin-Sanjō Station and Misasagi Station, was replaced in 1997 by the Kyoto Subway Tōzai Line, and the voltage increased to 1,500 V DC in conjunction with this project. One of the aims of the realignment was to move the tracks underground in the Kyoto area, in order to remove the former alignment along public roads. The line retains its public road alignment in Ōtsu.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.