REALLY BIG UPDATE: As of ... god knows when ... this yard has been entirely removed! Here I was, 2 weeks ago, at Shin Osaka station, waiting for a train from Umeda to pass but, alas, nothing came through. Turns out that, upon cruising past on the Haruka, the Umeda Freight Yards no longer exist! The timetables below are still valid but all traffic terminates at Suita.
Any mention of Umeda below is historical. The timetables have been updated to show Osaka... This yard is located right next to the Shinkansen Depot to the south-east of Senrioka.
Buried in upper-central Osaka is Umeda, home of the Hep-5 ferris wheel, the Umeda Sky building, the amazingly-new Osaka station and a relic: The Umeda Freight yards. Very easy to access, these yards' time has to be limited. The yard is situated on a prime development location and the surrounding buildings have slowly been creeping in.
In the yard you'll usually find any number of EF66s, EF81s, EF210s and DE10s for the shunting. There was a rake of WAMUs in there when I checked it out 10years ago, but recently it's been only container traffic. There is a large shed at the southern end which restricts visibility. You'll also find a very long passenger tunnel under the width of the yard. It connects the Umeda Sky Building to Yodobashi Camera. I really do wish this was an overpass!
I've previously walked around the area and took a few photographs. The album is here if you want to check it out.
This yard is on the 'Osaka Station Bypass' that the high-speed trains to Wakayama and the Airport use. Also the Super Rail Cargo to Ajikawaguchi and the freight trains I'll mention in this post.
The traffic mentioned is fun to photograph and the lighting at any time of day provides great opportunities. Below are some shots of the area. Note that the first photo below was taken from the Heart-Inn hotel just south of the yard and walking distance from Osaka Station.
Times listed are between Suita and Osaka and don't relate to the map above :) I'll update that soon!
|▲4058||Niigata||0654||0732||0741||▲ = 休日運休 (Not Holidays)|
|(2060) ~ 4060||Sapporo||2026||2054||2103|
|▲5066||Hiroshima||ºº1446||1533||1545||▲ = 火曜日運休 (Not Tuesdays)
Has ºº, define this.
|▲56||Tosu||0506||0516||0528||▲ = 日曜日運休 (Not Sundays)|
|(3072) ~ 72||Matsuyama||1002||1034||1045|
|(3076) ~ 76||Niihama||0329||0433||0445|
|86||Himeji||ºº1747||1838||1850||(Timetable has ºº. Define this.)|
|▲90||Ajikawaguchi||1739||1742||1754||▲ = 日曜日運休 (Not Sundays)|
|(4088) ~ 1085||Sendai||0458||0536||0545|
|2074||Kagoshima||ºº1248||1319||1330||(Timetable has ºº. Define this.)|
|1392||Hirano||1459||1501||1515||配給 = Light Engine Movement|
|1476||Suita||––||0926||0937||配給 = Light Engine Movement|
|▲57||2043||2056||2058||Tosu||▲ = 日曜日運休 (Not Sundays)|
|▲4059||2232||2241||2319||Niigata||▲ = 休日運休 (Not Holidays)|
|▲93||1049||1102||1111||Ajikawaguchi||▲ = 月曜日運休 (Not Mondays)|
|▲1080||1924||1934||2017||Niiza||▲ = 日曜日運休 (Not Sundays)|
|1084 ~ (4089)||1829||1839||1925||Sendai|
|▲2081||1230||1243||1256||Fukuoka||▲ = 月曜日運休 (Not Mondays)|
|62 ~ (3051)||1640||ºº1651||2029||Fukuoka||Define ºº on stop at Suita.|
All traffic above is containerised. Also note that the yard can only be entered from the north. Hence trains to Ajikawaguchi (which is further down the line) have to be accessed by running around at Suita!