JR West

 

JR West (also known by it’s full name: Western Japan Railway Company) was formed in 1987 with the privatization of JNR, and runs railway services west of Mie and Gifu prefectures, all the way to Yamaguchi, including the metropolitan areas of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. It operates also in Ishikawa, Fukui and Toyama prefectures.

JR West has the lowest revenue/kilometer ratio among the top three JR Group companies (East, Central and West), as it has to compete with fierce private railways such as Hankyu, Keihan, Kintetsu and Hanshin even on inter-city services (contrary to the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area, where private railways operate mainly suburban networks, and inter-city competition with JR East is scarce).

As a result of this, JR West cannot afford to make large-scale replacements like JR East or JR Central did, and to this day it runs the largest fleet of ex-JNR stock still in operation.



Trivia:

Due to the strong competition with private railways, JR West is infamous for pushing it’s schedules, crews and rolling stock to the limit, and employing harsh penalties (Nikkin Kyuko – “Retraining”) for those that fail to keep up to those extremely tight schedules. As a result of this, crews are under constant pressure (especially on main lines around Osaka), and such company-induced stress often causes accidents or even disasters (such as the 2005 Amagasaki Derailment).

In other words, JR West is famous for being a dick to it’s own employees.

 

 

Keihanshin Area Urban Network

 

Tokaido Line (JR Kyoto and Kobe Lines)

(trough-services with the Kosei Line, the San’yo Main Line and the Fukuchiyama Line)

Local services

 

 

 

 


 


 

Rapid services

 

 

 

 

 

Osaka Loop Line, Sakurajima Line (and trough-services between the two).


 

 

Hanwa Line (trough-services on the Osaka Loop Line to Osaka and Tennoji)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamatoji and Nara Lines (trough-services on the Osaka Loop Line to Osaka and Tennoji)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fukuchiyama Line (JR Takarazuka Line)

 trough-services with the JR Kyoto, JR Tozai and Gakkentoshi Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Trunk Lines

 

Kosei Line 

Local services and rapid trough-services with the JR Kyoto Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local trough-services from the JR Kyoto Line

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

San’in Main Line, Sagano Line

Kyoto – Kinosaki-Onsen electrified section only

 

 

 

 

 

 

non-electrified section only

 

 

 

San’yo Main Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansai Main Line

 

 

 

Takayama Main Line

 

 

 

 

 

Local Lines

 

Obama Line

 

 

 

 

 

Nanao Line

 

 

 

 

 

Wakayama, Sakurai and Kisei Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kakogawa Line

 

 

 

Fukuen Line

electrified section (Fukuyama to Fuchu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

non-electrified section (Fuchu to Miyoshi)

 

 

 

Etsumi-Hoku Line (trough-services on the Hokuriku Main Line up to Fukui)

 

 

 

 

 

Oito Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toyamako Line (converted into the Toyama PortTram Line in 2006)

 

 

 

Kisuki Line

 

 

 

 

 

Sanko Line (closed in 2018)

 

Hakubi Line, Tsuyama Line, Inbi Line, Kishin Line

 

 

 

Geibi Line

 

 

 

Mine Line

 

 

 

 

 

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