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The only overground segment of Kobe Rapid Railway, right after
Kōbe Rapid Transit Railway Company, Limited
(神戸高速鉄道株式会社 Kōbe kōsoku-tetsudō) is a special railway
company in central Kobe, Japan.
Kobe Rapid Railway has three lines.
The Tozai Line and the Namboku Line are the original operation
of the railway company while the Hokushin Line is a recent addition
to its business. As for all lines, the company is the
Category-3 Operator (第三種鉄道事業者
dai-sanshu-tetsudō-jigyōsha) under the 1986 Railway Business Act
Tozai Line and Namboku
On these lines, the company does not run its own services but
provides the necessary infrastructure for four private railway
lines (Hankyu Kobe Line (Hankyu), Hanshin Main Line (Hanshin), Shintetsu
Arima Line (Shintetsu)
and Sanyo Electric Railway
Main Line (Sanyo) to be able to run trains
The company operates and administrates the stations of the Tozai
Line and the Namboku Line (except for Sannomiya Station operated by Hankyu,
Station operated by Hanshin, Nishidai Station operated by Sanyo and Minatogawa
Station operated by Shintetsu).
Formerly the Hokushin Line was owned by the operator, Hokushin Kyuko Electric Railway. When
Hokushin Kyuko suffered financial difficulties in 2002, Kobe Rapid
Railway purchased the assets of the railway trackage from Hokushin
Kyuko. Since then, Kobe Rapid Railway owns the Hokushin Line.
Unlike the Tozai Line and the Namboku Line stations, the
stations of the Hokushin Line are operated and administrated by
Hokushin Kyuko (Tanigami Station) and Kobe
Municipal Subway (Shin-Kobe Station).