Tawaramoto Line

The Tawaramoto Line (田原本線, Tawaramoto sen) is a railway line owned and operated by the Kintetsu Railway, a Japanese private railway company, connecting Ōji Station (Nara) (Ōji, Nara Prefecture) and Nishi-Tawaramoto Station (Tawaramoto, Nara Prefecture) in Japan.

Tawaramoto Line
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Overview
Native name田原本線
OwnerKintetsu Railway
Line number I 
Locale
TerminiNishi-Tawaramoto Station
Shin-Ōji Station
Stations8
Service
TypeCommuter rail
SystemKintetsu Railway
Operator(s)Kintetsu Railway
History
OpenedApril 26, 1918; 103 years ago (1918-04-26)
Technical
Track length10.1 km (6.3 mi)
CharacterCommuter rail
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed65 km/h (40 mph)
Route map
Yamato Railway
0.0 I36 Nishi-Tawaramoto
2.0 I37 Kuroda
3.0 I38 Tajima
4.5 I39 Hashio
6.1 I40 Ikebe
7.1 I41 Samitagawa
8.2 I42 Ōwada
10.1 I43 Shin-Ōji
G28 Ōji

The line does not connect directly with other Kintetsu Lines, however both terminals are located within walking distance of nearby Kintetsu stations on other lines.

HistoryEdit

The Yamato Railway Co. opened the Shin-Oji - Nishi-Tawaramoto section in 1918 as a 1067mm gauge line, extending the line to Sakurai on current Kintetsu Osaka Line in 1923. Services on the Nishi-Tawaramoto - Sakurai section ceased in 1944 as a war-time austerity measure, with the section formally closing in 1958. The right-of-way for this section was subsequently converted to a road, as Nara Prefectural Route 14.

The Shin-Oji - Nishi-Tawaramoto section was regauged to 1435mm and electrified at 600 VDC in 1948, and the company merged with Kintetsu in 1964. The line voltage was increased to 1500 VDC in 1969.

StationsEdit

No. Station Distance
(km)
Connections Location
I36 Nishi-Tawaramoto
西田原本
0.0 Kashihara Line (B36: Tawaramoto Station) Tawaramoto, Shiki Nara
I37 Kuroda
黒田
2.0
I38 Tajima
但馬
3.0 Miyake, Shiki
I39 Hashio
箸尾
4.5 Kōryō, Kitakatsuragi
I40 Ikebe
池部
6.1 Kawai, Kitakatsuragi
I41 Samitagawa
佐味田川
7.1
I42 Ōwada
大輪田
8.2  
I43 Shin-Ōji
新王寺
10.1 Ikoma Line (G28: Ōji Station)
West Japan Railway Company: Yamatoji Line, Wakayama Line (Ōji Station)
Ōji, Kitakatsuragi