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The Osaka Higashi Line (おおさか東線, Ōsaka-Higashi-sen) (Literally: Osaka East Line) is a railway line in Osaka, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR-West). The line connects Shin-Osaka Station in northern Osaka with Kyūhōji Station in Yao, forming an arc around the northern and eastern suburbs of the city. Before being named on August 23, 2007, the line was constructed with the tentative name "Osaka Outer Loop Line (大阪外環状線, Ōsaka-soto-kanjōsen)".

Osaka Higashi Line
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JRW series201-OsakaHigashi.jpg
A 201 series EMU on a "Local" service in February 2011
Overview
Native nameおおさか東線
TypeHeavy rail
SystemUrban Network
LocaleOsaka Prefecture
TerminiKita-Umeda
Kyūhōji
Stations14
Operation
OpenedMarch 15, 1929 (as Katamachi Freight Branch Line)
March 15, 2008 (as Osaka Higashi Line)
OwnerOsaka Soto-Kanjo Railway Co., Ltd.
Operator(s)JR-West
JR Freight
Depot(s)Aboshi
Rolling stock201 series EMU
207 series EMU
321 series EMU
Technical
Line length20.2 km (12.6 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Route map
Umeda Freight Line
Kita-Umeda
(planned)
Umeda Signal Box (formerly JR Freight Umeda Freight Terminal)
LeftTōkaidō Main Line (JR Kyoto Line)
Old Tōkaidō Line
Spur track to Miyahara Depot
0.0
Shin-Osaka
Osaka Subway: Midōsuji Line
Kanzaki River
Suita Freight Line
Minami-Suita
(planned)
LeftJōtō Freight Line
10.3
Senri Signal Box
–1982
10.7
Suita
Kanzaki River
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Hankyu Kyoto Line
JR-Awaji
(planned)
Akagawa Bridge
Yodogawa River
5.7
Miyakojima Signal Box
–1982
Shirokitakōendōri
(planned)
JR-Noe
(planned) Osaka Subway: Tanimachi Line (Noe-Uchindai)
Yodogawa Freight Line and Sakuranomiya Line
2.9
Tatsumi Signal Box
−1982
UpJōtō Freight Line
Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line)
Neya River
Shigino
Osaka Subway: Imazatosuji Line
11.1
0.0
Hanaten
Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line)
Daini Neya River
Aboshi Depot Hanaten Branch
12.8
1.7
Takaida-Chūō
Osaka Subway: Chūō Line (Takaida)
14.4
3.3
JR Kawachi-Eiwa
15.0
3.9
JR Shuntokumichi
Shuntokumichi Signal Box
2007–2008
16.0
4.9
JR Nagase
Hebikusa Signal Box
–2003
South Jōtō Freight Line
(see inset below)
Old Jōtō Freight Line
(see inset below)
18.7
7.6
Shin-Kami
LeftHanwa Freight Line
20.3
9.2
Kyūhōji
Ryūge Signal Box
–1997
10.4 Yao

Old Jōtō Freight Line
0.0 Shogakuji Signal Box Osaka Higashi Line
Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)
Jōtō Freight–Yamatoji connection
Kutara No. 1 Signal Box
1.5 Hirano
Jōtō Freight–Yamatoji connexion
Kudara Freight Terminal
Kudarashijō –1984

The line is constructed and owned by the Osaka Soto-Kanjo Railway Co., Ltd. (大阪外環状鉄道株式会社, Ōsaka Sotokanjō Tetsudō Kabushiki Kaisha) as a Category-3 railway business under the Railway Business Act of Japan. JR-West and JR Freight operate trains as Category-2 railway business.[citation needed] The Kita-Umeda extension will open in 2023, replacing the above-ground Umeda Freight Line.

HistoryEdit

Conceived in the 1950s during Japan's explosive postwar economic growth, it was planned as a grand "outer loop" of the city, using existing freight lines to link Amagasaki with Shin-Osaka, Suita, Awaji, Hanaten, Kami, Uriwari and Sugimotochō, with a newly constructed segment into Osaka's (then primarily industrial) Nankō Port Town. However, with JNR's financial situation deteriorating catastrophically (culminating in its privatization) and continuing issues surrounding land acquisition and squatting by local residents on railway property, the plan was cut back to Shin-Osaka and Kami, terminating at Kyūhōji in the south.[citation needed] (The Hanwa Freight Line, which would have carried the southern segment from Kami to Sugimotochō, was officially abandoned by JR Freight in 2009.) The line connects Shin-Osaka Station in northern Osaka with Kyūhōji Station in Yao, forming an arc around the northern and eastern suburbs of the city.

The southern part opened on March 15, 2008.[1] But because of problems with the illegal occupation of a site, construction of the northern part was delayed.[2] Construction of the northern segment started in 2011 and the section between Shin-Osaka and Hanaten has opened on March 16, 2019.[3][4]

StationsEdit

  • ● : Direct Rapid service stop
  • | : Direct Rapid service non-stop
Status No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Direct Rapid Transfers Location
Between Stations Total
Under construction  F01  Kita-Umeda[Note 1] 北梅田(仮称) - - From Osaka Station:

From Umeda Station:

From Higashi-Umeda Station:

From Nishi-Umeda Station:

From Kitashinchi Station:

Kita-ku, Osaka
In operation  F02  Shin-Osaka 新大阪 - 0.0  A  JR Kyoto Line (JR-A48)

   TokaidoSanyo Shinkansen

  Osaka Metro Midōsuji Line (M13)

Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
 F03  Minami-Suita 南吹田 2.0 2.0 |   Suita
 F04  JR-Awaji JR淡路 1.3 3.3 | From Awaji Station: Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka
 F05  Shirokitakōendōri 城北公園通 2.1 5.4 |   Miyakojima-ku, Osaka
 F06  JR-Noe JR野江 2.2 7.6 | From Noe Station:

  Keihan Main Line (KH-05)

From Noe-Uchindai Station:

  Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line (T16)

Joto-ku, Osaka
 F07  Shigino 鴫野 1.8 9.4 |  H  Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line, JR-H40)

  Osaka Metro Imazatosuji Line

 F08  Hanaten 放出 1.6 11.0  H  Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line, JR-H39) Tsurumi-ku, Osaka
 F09  Takaida-Chūō 高井田中央 1.7 12.7 From Takaida Station:

  Osaka Metro Chuo Line (C22)

Higashiosaka, Osaka
 F10  JR Kawachi-Eiwa JR河内永和 1.6 14.3 From Kawachi-Eiwa Station

 A  Kintetsu Nara Line (A07)

 F11  JR Shuntokumichi JR俊徳道 0.6 14.9 | From Shuntokumichi Station:

 D  Osaka Line (D07)

 F12  JR Nagase JR長瀬 1.0 15.9 |  
 F13  Kizuri-Kamikita 衣摺加美北 1.3 17.2 |  
 F14  Shin-Kami 新加美 1.4 18.6 |   Hirano-ku, Osaka
 F15  Kyūhōji 久宝寺 1.6 20.2  Q  Yamatoji Line (Kansai Main Line) Yao, Osaka
Rapid service through to Nara via the Yamatoji Line
Notes
  1. ^ Tentative name.

Rolling stockEdit

PassengerEdit

FormerEdit

The 103 and 201 series trains are based at Nara Depot, the 207 series trains are based at Aboshi Depot, while the 223-6000 series trains were based at Miyahara Depot.

FreightEdit

Locomotives seen hauling freight trains include the DD51, DE10, EF66, EF81 and EF210.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ JR-West Press Release (December 20, 2007)[permanent dead link] (in Japanese)
  2. ^ "JRおおさか東線、北ヤード乗り入れ、18年度までに開業、150億円追加投資。" (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-31.[dead link]
  3. ^ "2019年 春ダイヤ改正について" (Press release). 西日本旅客鉄道. 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  4. ^ "直結!おおさか東線". jr-odekake.net. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-18.

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