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