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Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line
Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line
Sumaurakoen st02s2048.jpg
Sumaura-koen Station, looking east
Overview
Native name
TypeCommuter rail
LocaleHyogo Prefecture
TerminiNishidai
Sanyo Himeji
Stations43
Operation
OwnerSanyo Electric Railway
Technical
Line length54.7 km (34.0 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge
Minimum radius160 m
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed110 km/h (70 mph)[1]

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.

Operation

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.

Services

All day operation

Local (, Futs?)
Hankyu Sannomiya or Hanshin Sannomiya or Sanyo Suma - Sanyo Himeji, makes every stop on the Sanyo Railway Main Line and the Kobe Kosoku Line. At night, down (westbound) trains start at K?soku Kobe and up (eastbound) trains terminate at Shinkaichi on the Kobe Kosoku Line.
Direct Limited Express (?, Chokuts? Tokky?)
Hanshin-Umeda - Sanyo Himeji. Jointly operated by Hanshin Electric Railway and Sanyo, this train makes limited stops on both the Hanshin's Main Line and the Sanyo's Main Line. In Hanshin's official route maps the name is shorted to "Limited Express".
Hanshin Limited Express (?, Hanshin Tokky?)
Hanshin's Limited Express trains from Umeda stop at all stations on this line to Sumaura-k?en. In Hanshin's official route maps the name is also shorted to "Limited Express".
Morning and night only
Sanyo Limited Express (?, Sany?tokky?)
Mainly operated between Higashi-Futami and Sanyo Himeji, there is a westbound train from Kosoku Kobe for Sanyo Himeji in the early morning. The same stops as the Hanshin-Sanyo Limited Express (HS) but does not go east beyond Kosoku kobe.
S Limited Express (S, S Tokky?)
Hanshin Sannomiya - Sanyo Himeji. This service makes more stops than the Hanshin Limited Express. Operates up (eastbound) in the mornings from Shikama, Takasago or Higashi-Futami to Sanyo Suma or Hanshin Sannomiya, and down (westbound) late nights from Sannomiya to Sanyo Himeji.

Stations

  • Local trains stop at all stations.
  • All stations are located in Hyogo Prefecture.

Legend:

  • ? : All trains stop
  • ? : Some trains stop
  • | : All trains pass
No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Services Transfer Location
Hanshin Ltd. Exp. S Ltd. Exp. Direct Ltd. Exp. Sanyo Ltd. Exp. City / Town
Through services: from Nishidai to Hanshin Kobe Kosoku Line:
SY 01
HS 39
Nishidai 0.0 ? ? ? Hanshin Kobe Kosoku Line (through service) Nagata-ku, K?be
SY 02 Itayado 1.0 ? ? ? Subway KobeSeishin.svg Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line Suma-ku, K?be
SY 03 Higashi-Suma 1.8 ? | |
SY 04 Tsukimiyama 2.6 ? ? ?
SY 05 Sumadera 3.3 ? | |
SY 06 Sanyo Suma ? 3.7 ? ? ?  A  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 | |  A  Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Shioya Station, JR-A69) Tarumi-ku, K?be
SY 09 Takinochaya ? 7.8 ? ?
SY 10 Higashi-Tarumi 8.6 | |
SY 11 Sanyo Tarumi ? 9.6 ? ?  A  Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Tarumi Station, JR-A70)
SY 12 Kasumigaoka 10.7 ? |
SY 13 Maiko-k?en ? 11.5 | ?  A  Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Maiko Station, JR-A71)
SY 14 Nishi-Maiko 12.4 | |
SY 15 ?kuradani 14.3 | | Akashi
SY 16 Hitomarumae 14.9 | |
SY 17 Sanyo Akashi ? 15.7 ? ?  A  Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Akashi Station, JR-A73)
SY 18 Nishi-Shimmachi 16.9 | |
SY 19 Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan 18.4 | |
SY 20 Fujie 20.4 ? |
SY 21 Nakayagi 21.8 | |
SY 22 Eigashima ? 23.5 | |
SY 23 Nishi-Eigashima 24.9 | |
SY 24 Sanyo Uozumi ? 25.6 | |
SY 25 Higashi-Futami 27.3 ? ? ?
SY 26 Nishi-Futami 28.6 ? | |
SY 27 Harimach? 29.9 ? | | Harima, Kako District
SY 28 Befu 32.2 ? | | Kakogawa
SY 29 Hamanomiya 34.1 ? | |
SY 30 Onoenomatsu ? 35.5 ? | |
SY 31 Takasago 37.3 ? ? ? Takasago
SY 32 Arai 38.5 ? ? |
SY 33 Iho 39.7 ? | |
SY 34 Sanyo Sone ? 41.3 ? | |
SY 35 ?shio 42.8 ? ? ? Himeji
SY 36 Matogata 44.2 ? | |
SY 37 Yaka 46.2 ? | |  
SY 38 Shirahamanomiya ? 47.6 ? ? |
SY 39 Mega 49.0 ? | |
SY 40 Shikama 50.9 ? ? ? SY Aboshi Line
SY 41 Kameyama 52.3 ? | |
SY 42 Tegara 53.4 ? | |  
SY 43 Sanyo Himeji ? 54.7 ? ? ? JR West (Himeji Station)

History

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.[1]

In 1923, the Kobe Electric Railway opened the Akashi to Himeji section, and merged with the Hyogo Electric Railway in 1927. The Sanyo Electric Railway was created in 1934.[]

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.[2]

Accidents

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.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ a b Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 144. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.
  2. ^ ? [Station numbering to be introduced for all stations] (PDF). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Sanyo Electric Railway. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "15 hurt in Japan train-truck collision". The Japan Times Online. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ 15?=-? [15 injured in train derailment]. Jiji.com (in Japanese). Japan: Jiji Press Ltd. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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