|Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line|
Sumaura-koen Station, looking east
|Owner||Sanyo Electric Railway|
|Line length||54.7 km (34.0 mi)|
|Number of tracks||2|
|Minimum radius||160 m|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (70 mph)|
The Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line (, Sany? Denki Tetsud? Honsen) is a railway line in Japan operated by the private railway operator Sanyo Electric Railway. It stretches from Kobe west to Himeji via Akashi, Kakogawa and other municipalities in Hy?go Prefecture. The line runs parallel to West Japan Railway Company (JR West) JR Kobe Line, with closest sections between Sanyo Suma and Sanyo Akashi stations, and competes with the JR line for its entire stretch.
Nishidai is nominal as the start of the line, thus all trains of Sanyo start or end beyond, in Kobe Rapid Railway, or further Hanshin stations, namely Sannomiya stations on Hanky?'s Kobe Main Line and on Hanshin's Main Line for Locals, Umeda terminal of Hanshin in Osaka.
The line accepts trains of Hanshin via Kobe Rapid, down (west) to Sumaura-k?en. In the Sanyo Main Line, all Hanshin trains stop all stations on their way, though in Hanshin's Main Line some are operated as Locals and some as Limited Express.
|Hanshin Ltd. Exp.||S Ltd. Exp.||Direct Ltd. Exp.||Sanyo Ltd. Exp.||City / Town|
|Through services:||from Nishidai to Hanshin Kobe Kosoku Line:|
|Nishidai||0.0||?||?||?||Hanshin Kobe Kosoku Line (through service)||Nagata-ku, K?be|
|SY 02||Itayado||1.0||?||?||?||Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line||Suma-ku, K?be|
|SY 06||Sanyo Suma||?||3.7||?||?||?||Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Suma Station, JR-A68)|
|SY 07||Sumaura-k?en||5.1||?||||||||Sumaura Ropeway|
|SY 08||Sanyo Shioya||?||6.8||||||||Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Shioya Station, JR-A69)||Tarumi-ku, K?be|
|SY 11||Sanyo Tarumi||?||9.6||?||?||Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Tarumi Station, JR-A70)|
|SY 13||Maiko-k?en||?||11.5|||||?||Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Maiko Station, JR-A71)|
|SY 17||Sanyo Akashi||?||15.7||?||?||Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Akashi Station, JR-A73)|
|SY 24||Sanyo Uozumi||?||25.6|||||||
|SY 27||Harimach?||29.9||?||||||||Harima, Kako District|
|SY 34||Sanyo Sone||?||41.3||?|||||||
|SY 40||Shikama||50.9||?||?||?||Aboshi Line|
|SY 43||Sanyo Himeji||?||54.7||?||?||?||JR West (Himeji Station)|
The Hyogo Electric Tramway () opened the section from the Hyogo Electric Railway Station (since closed) to Sanyo Suma on 15 March 1910 as , dual track electrified at 600 V DC. All subsequent extensions were electrified dual track. The line was extended to Akashi in 1917.
The line voltage was increased to 1,500 V DC in 1948. In 1968, the Higashi Suma to Hyogo Electric Railway Station section was closed and the line was connected to the Hanshin Main Line, enabling through services to Umeda in Osaka.
Station numbering was introduced on Sanyo Electric Railway lines from 1 April 2014, with Main Line stations numbered SY01 to SY43.
On 12 February 2013, at around 15:50, a non-stop 6-car limited express service bound for Umeda collided with the rear end of a truck which was protruding onto a level crossing to the west of Arai Station. The first two cars of the train derailed and slid 170 m before hitting the edge of the station platform and coming to rest. 15 people were injured in the collision, including the train driver and truck driver.