Keisei Kanamachi Line
KS
Keisei-Type3500-3600-Kanamchi-Line.jpg
3500 Series set (right) and 3600 series set (left) on the Kanamachi Line in October 2020
Overview
Owner
Keisei Logo.svg
Keisei Electric Railway
TerminiKeisei-Takasago
Keisei Kanamachi
Stations3
History
Opened21 October 1913
Technical
Line length2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Minimum radius160 m
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed85 km/h (55 mph)

Keisei Kanamachi Line (京成金町線, Keisei-Kanamachi sen) is a 2.5 km railway line in Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan, operated by the Keisei Electric Railway. The line services visitors to the Shibamata Taishakuten, a Buddhist temple founded in 1629, as well as the surrounding suburbs. The station numbering letter initial for this line is KS.

Overview

The Keisei Kanamachi line is one of the few single line passenger lines in Tokyo. The line is built in a packed residential area, with building close together to the track. In between Shibamata and Keisei Kanamachi station, the track runs parallels to the street of Shibamata and perfectly straight. There are only 3 stations on the line, and the only intermediate station, Shibamata station is close to the Shibamata Taishakuten and Katsushika Shibamata Torasan Memorial, thus being used often by tourists. Although being a very short line, it connects the Keisei Main line, Keisei Sky Access Line, Hokuso Line and JR Joban line together, and it is connected to the city center at both stations at both ends, so commuting is crowded both up and down in the morning and evening.

History

The first railway on this alignment was a 610mm gauge human powered line opened in 1899. It had 64 carriages, each seating six passengers and pushed by one person.

The Keisei company acquired the line in 1912 and rebuilt it as an electrified 1372mm gauge line. The line was regauged to 1435mm in 1959.

Stations

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
KS10 Keisei-Takasago 京成高砂 - 0.0 KS Keisei Main Line
KS Narita Sky Access Line
HS Hokusō Line
Katsushika, Tokyo
KS50 Shibamata 柴又 1.0 1.0
KS51 Keisei-Kanamachi 京成金町 1.5 2.5 JL Jōban Line (Local)
(Kanamachi Station: JL21)

History

The line opened on 21 October 1913, initially running from Shibamata Station to Kanamachi Station (present-day Keisei Kanamachi).[1]

References

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

  1. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 203. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.

PDF about Takasago Station.