Fukuchiyama Line

Fukuchiyama Line
(JR Takarazuka Line)

Tanbaji Rapid service

225-6000 series EMU on a Tanbaji Rapid service
Type Heavy rail
System Urban Network (Amagasaki - Sasayamaguchi)
Locale Hyogo Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture
Termini Amagasaki
Stations 30 (23 as the JR Takarazuka Line)
Opened 1891
Owner JR West
Rolling stock 207 series EMU
321 series EMU
223-6000 series EMU
223-5500 series EMU
225-6000 series EMU
287 series EMU
381 series EMU
Line length 106.5 km (66.2 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph)

The Fukuchiyama Line (福知山線 Fukuchiyama-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) connecting Osaka and Fukuchiyama, Japan. Within JR West's "Urban Network" covering the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan region, the line from Osaka to Sasayamaguchi is also called the JR Takarazuka Line (JR宝塚線). The line traverses the cities of Kawanishi and Takarazuka in the northwestern corner of the Osaka metropolitan area.

Although Amagasaki is the line's official southeastern terminus, all trains continue east to Osaka and beyond on the JR Kōbe Line, or to the Gakkentoshi Line via the JR Tōzai Line.

Basic data


Line name No. Station Distance from
Amagasaki Station
Local Rapid Tambaji Rapid Transfers Location
Common Official
JR Takarazuka Line Tōkaidō Main Line JR-G47 Osaka 7.7 S S S Kita-ku, Osaka Osaka Prefecture
JR-G48 Tsukamoto 4.3 s | | Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
JR-G49 Amagasaki 0.0 S S S Amagasaki Hyōgo Prefecture
Fukuchiyama Line
JR-G50 Tsukaguchi 2.5 S s |
JR-G51 Inadera 3.9 S | |
JR-G52 Itami 5.8 S S S Itami
JR-G53 Kita-Itami 7.9 S | |
JR-G54 Kawanishi-Ikeda 11.0 S S S Kawanishi
JR-G55 Nakayamadera 14.5 S S S Takarazuka
JR-G56 Takarazuka 17.8 S S S
JR-G57 Namaze 19.7 S | | Nishinomiya
JR-G58 Nishinomiyanajio 21.9 S S S
JR-G59 Takedao 25.1 S | | Takarazuka
JR-G60 Dōjō 30.1 S | | Kita-ku, Kobe
JR-G61 Sanda 33.7 S S S Sanda
JR-G62 Shin-Sanda 36.9 S S S
JR-G63 Hirono 39.7 S S S
JR-G64 Aino 44.0 S S S
JR-G65 Aimoto 48.2 S S S
JR-G66 Kusano 50.2 S S S Sasayama
JR-G67 Furuichi 53.5 S S S
JR-G68 Minami-Yashiro 56.1 S S S
JR-G69 Sasayamaguchi 58.4 S S S
Tamba-Ōyama 60.7 S S
Shimotaki 68.7 S S Tamba
Tanikawa 73.0 S S
Kaibara 80.0 S S
Iso 83.2 S S
Kuroi 87.5 S S
Ichijima 94.0 S S
Tamba-Takeda 98.2 S S
Fukuchiyama 106.5 S S Fukuchiyama, Kyoto

Rolling stock




Train at Arima station
Sanda station with Arima branch on left
Train at Sasayama-Cho station

The Japanese Government Railways (JGR) opened the Osaka - Kobe section of what is now the Tokaido Main Line in 1874 as a dual track line.

The Kawabe Horsecar Railway (川辺馬車鉄道 Kawabe Bashatetsudō) opened a 762mm gauge line between Amagasaki and Itami (about 8 km) in 1891. In 1893, the horsecar railway was reorganized as Settsu Railway (摂津鉄道 Settsu Tetsudō), which introduced steam power to the railway and extended the line to Ikeda.

The Settsu Railway was merged by Hankaku Railway (阪鶴鉄道 Hankaku Tetsudō), which had a plan to build a railway between Osaka and Maizuru. The Hankaku Railway converted the line to 1067mm gauge and extended it to Takarazuka in 1897 and to Fukuchiyama in 1899. The company also connected the line to the Kanzaki Station (present-day Amagasaki Station) of the JGR line in 1898 making the line to the original Amagasaki terminal a branch. Hankaku Railway was nationalized on August 1, 1907.

The Amagasaki - Tsukaguchi section was duplicated in 1934, and extended to Takarazuka in 1979/80. The Takarazuka - Shin-Sanda section was duplicated in 1986 in conjunction with the opening of the 2970m Najio tunnel and associated deviation, which shortened the route by 1.8 km. Duplication to Sasayamaguchi was completed in 1996.

The Amagasaki - Tsukaguchi section was electrified in 1956, and extended to Takarazuka in 1981. The remainder of the line was electrified in 1986.

CTC signalling was commissioned between Fukuchiyama and Sasayamaguchi in 1982, extended to Hirono in 1984 and to Amagasaki in 1986.

The branchline between Amagasakikō Station (former Amagasaki terminal of the horsecar railway) and Tsukaguchi Station ceased passenger operation in 1981 and freight operation in 1984.

Former connecting lines


A 207 series EMU train similar to the one involved in the Amagasaki rail crash

On April 25, 2005, a seven-car 207 series train on a Rapid service derailed and crashed into a building between Tsukaguchi and Amagasaki on its way for Doshisha-mae via the JR Tōzai Line and the Katamachi Line (see: Amagasaki rail crash). 107 passengers were killed in the accident. Operations on the affected part of the line remained suspended until trial runs began on June 7, 2005. Passenger service resumed on June 19, 2005.

The train involved was train number 5418M, a limited-stop "Rapid" commuter service from Takarazuka to Dōshisha-mae. It was a seven-car 207 series electric multiple unit (EMU) formation consisting of a 4-car set and a 3-car set coupled together as shown below, with car 1 leading.[1] The train was carrying approximately 580 passengers at the time of the accident.[1]


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

  1. 1 2 Nagase, Kazuhiko (July 2005). "福知山線脱線事故の問題を語る" [Discussing the problems of the Fukuchiyama Line derailment]. Railway Journal. Japan: Tetsudō Journal. 39 (465): 68–73.
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