Keihan Keishin Line

Keihan Keishin Line

The is an interurban railway line of Keihan Electric Railway. The 7.5 km line starts from Misasagi Station in Kyoto and ends at Hamaōtsu Station in neighbouring city of Ōtsu.

History

The line was built in 1912 to connect directly between the city centers of Kyoto and Ōtsu by electric streetcars because the steam-powered Tōkaidō Main Line made a great detour between the two cities before its reroute 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. One of the aim of the substitution was to move the track to underground from road track, in order to give lanes to road vehicles. Consequently trains go direct to the Tōzai Line. The line still operates on street trackage in Ōtsu.

Technical data

  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Gauge: 1435 mm
  • Number of stations: 7 (including start and end)
  • Track: Dual
  • Electricity: DC 1500 V
  • Maximum gradient: 61/1000

Train service

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 lines

Active section

Station Connection Location
Kyoto Subway Tozai Line Yamashina-ku,
Kyoto
JR West Tōkaidō Line and Kosei Line and Kyoto Subway Tozai Line
Ōtsu, Shiga
Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line

Closed section

The station list is as of 1997 when the section was closed due to replacement by the Tōzai Line subway. It also lists the corresponding subway stations that replaced the Keishin Line stations.
Station Connection Replaced by Location
Keihan Main Line, Ōtō Line Higashiyama-ku,
Kyoto
Higashiyama-Sanjō
Keage
Kujōyama Yamashina-ku,
Kyoto
Hinooka
Misasagi

Rolling stock

Series 800, four-car EMU serves exclusively this line.

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