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Keikyū Daishi Line

Keikyu Daishi Line
A 1500 series 4-car set on the Keikyu Daishi Line, January 2012
Overview
Native name 京急大師線
Type Commuter rail
Locale Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Termini Keikyū Kawasaki
Kojimashinden
Stations 7
Operation
Opened 1899
Owner Keikyu
Technical
Line length 4.5 km (2.8 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 60 km/h (35 mph)

The Keikyu Daishi Line (京急大師線 Keikyū Daishi-sen) is a 4.5 km (2.8 mi) railway line in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Keikyu. It connects Keikyu Kawasaki Station and Kojimashinden Station, both located in Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki.

Contents

  • Service patterns 1
  • Stations 2
  • History 3
    • Former connecting lines 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Service patterns

Keikyu Daishi Line services are operated only by 4-car electric multiple unit (EMU) trains, stopping at all stations between Keikyū Kawasaki and Kojimashinden. During the weekday off-peak, trains run at 10-minute intervals, increased to 5-minute intervals during the morning and evening peaks.

Stations

No. Station name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
KK20 Keikyu Kawasaki 京急川崎 0.0 Keikyū Main Line Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki
KK21 Minatochō 港町 1.2
KK22 Suzukichō 鈴木町 2.0
KK23 Kawasaki-Daishi 川崎大師 2.5
KK24 Higashi-Monzen 東門前 3.2
KK25 Sangyō-Dōro 産業道路 3.8
KK26 Kojimashinden 小島新田 4.5

History

A train passing the abandoned Rokugōbashi Station in July 2011

The line was opened on 21 January 1899 by the Daishi Electric Railway (大師電気鉄道), as a standard gauge line electified at 600 V DC, between Kawasaki Station (later renamed Rokugōbashi Station (六郷橋駅), which closed in 1949) and Daishi Station (later renamed Kawasaki-Daishi Station).[1] The company was renamed Keihin Electric Railway (京浜電気鉄道) on 25 April 1899.[1] The line was double-tracked over its entire length from 29 November the same year,[1] and extended from Rokugōbashi Station to the present-day Keikyu Kawasaki Station on 1 September 1902.[1]

In 1904, the line was regauged to 1372 mm in conjunction with the regauging of the Keikyu Main Line, and was returned to standard gauge in 1933.

The line was extended to Sakuramoto in 1945, and the overhead line voltage was raised from the original 600 V DC to 1,500 V DC on 16 March 1951 except for the Shiohama - Sakuramoto section, which was transferred to the Kawasaki Streetcar Co. and operated as a tramway.[1]

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1956, and in 1964 the Kojimashinden - Shiohama section was closed to allow for the construction of the Tokaido Freight Line.

Former connecting lines

In 1925, the Coast Electric Railway opened a 10 km, dual track 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in) gauge freight-only line from Daishi Station to Sojiji, electrified at 600 V DC. Loss of traffic as a result of the economic depression resulted in the company merging with the Tsurumi Port Railway in 1930, which then commenced passenger services. The line closed in 1937.

References

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese WorldHeritage.

  1. ^ a b c d e Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 232.  

External links

  • Keikyu route information (Japanese)
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