Chūō-Sōbu Line

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     Chūō-Sōbu Line
JR East E231-900.jpg
Overview
Type  Commuter rail
Locale Tokyo, Chiba prefectures
Termini Mitaka
Chiba
Stations 39
Operation
Opening 1932
Owner JR East
Rolling stock 209-500 series, E231 series, E231-800 series
Technical
Line length 60.2 km (37.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Route map
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The Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線 Chūō-Sōbu-kankō-sen?) is a railway line located in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network, it operates on separate tracks along the right-of-way of the Chūō Main Line (Chūō Line (Rapid)) and Sōbu Main Line (Sōbu Line (Rapid)), providing service between Mitaka Station in the cities of Mitaka and Musashino and Chiba Station in Chiba.

The term Kankō (緩行 lit. "slow run"?) distinguishes local trains on the Chūō-Sōbu line from rapid service trains running on the Chūō Main Line between Mitaka and Ochanomizu and on the Sōbu Main Line between Kinshichō and Chiba.

Station list[edit]

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Legend
  • ●: All trains stop
  • ■: Some trains pass
  • ▲: All trains pass on weekends and holidays
  • |: All trains pass
Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total Chūō Line Sōbu Line
Chiba 千葉 - From
Chiba

0.0
From
Tokyo

39.2
  Uchibō Line, Sotobō Line, Narita Line, Sōbu Main Line
Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Chiba)
Chiba Urban Monorail Lines 1 and 2
Chūō-ku, Chiba Chiba
Nishi-Chiba 西千葉 1.4 1.4 37.8    
Inage 稲毛 1.9 3.3 35.9     Inage-ku, Chiba
Shin-Kemigawa 新検見川 2.7 6.0 33.2     Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba
Makuhari 幕張 1.6 7.6 31.6   Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Makuhari)
Makuhari-Hongō 幕張本郷 2.0 9.6 29.6   Keisei Chiba Line
Tsudanuma 津田沼 2.9 12.5 26.7   Shin-Keisei Line (Shin-Tsudanuma) Narashino
Higashi-Funabashi 東船橋 1.7 14.2 25.0     Funabashi
Funabashi 船橋 1.8 16.0 23.2   Tōbu Noda Line
Keisei Main Line (Keisei Funabashi)
Nishi-Funabashi 西船橋 2.6 18.6 20.6   Musashino Line, Keiyō Line
Tōyō Rapid Railway Line
Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-23) (some trains through to Tsudanuma)
Keisei Main Line (Keisei Funabashi)
Shimōsa-Nakayama 下総中山 1.6 20.2 19.0    
Motoyawata 本八幡 1.6 21.8 17.4   Keisei Main Line (Keisei Yawata)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (S-21)
Ichikawa
Ichikawa 市川 2.0 23.8 15.4   Keisei Main Line (Ichikawa-Mama)
Koiwa 小岩 2.6 26.4 12.8     Edogawa Tokyo
Shin-Koiwa 新小岩 2.8 29.2 10.0     Katsushika
Hirai 平井 1.8 31.0 8.2     Edogawa
Kameido 亀戸 1.9 32.9 6.3   Tōbu Kameido Line Kōtō
Kinshichō 錦糸町 1.5 34.4 4.8   Sōbu Line (Rapid)
Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Z-13)
Sumida
From
Kinshichō

0.0
Ryōgoku 両国 1.5 35.9 1.5     Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-12)
Asakusabashi 浅草橋 0.8 36.7 2.3     Subway TokyoAsakusa.png Toei Asakusa Line (A-16) Taitō
Akihabara 秋葉原 1.1 37.8 3.4     Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-15)
Tsukuba Express (01)
Chiyoda
Ochanomizu 御茶ノ水 0.9 38.7 4.3   Chūō Line (Rapid) (for Tokyo)
Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-20)
Subway TokyoChiyoda.png Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (Shin-Ochanomizu: C-12)
From
Tokyo

2.6
Suidōbashi 水道橋 0.8 39.5 3.4   Subway TokyoMita.png Toei Mita Line (I-11)
Iidabashi 飯田橋 0.9 40.4 4.3   Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-06)
Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-13)
Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-10)
Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-06)
Ichigaya 市ケ谷 1.5 41.9 5.8   Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-14)
Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-09)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (S-04)
Yotsuya 四ツ谷 0.8 42.7 6.6   Chūō Line (Rapid)
Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-12)
Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-08)
Shinjuku
Shinanomachi 信濃町 1.3 44.0 7.9    
Sendagaya 千駄ケ谷 0.7 44.7 8.6   Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (Kokuritsu-Kyōgijō: E-25) Shibuya
Yoyogi 代々木 1.0 45.7 9.6   Yamanote Line
Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-26)
Shinjuku 新宿 0.7 46.4 10.3   Yamanote Line, Chūō Line (Rapid), Saikyō Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Odakyū Odawara Line
Keiō Line, Keiō New Line
Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-08)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (S-01)
Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-01, E-27)
Seibu Shinjuku Line (Seibu-Shinjuku)
Shinjuku
Ōkubo 大久保 1.4 47.8 11.7    
Higashi-Nakano 東中野 1.1 48.9 12.8   Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-31) Nakano
Nakano 中野 1.9 50.8 14.7   Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-01) (some trains through on Tōzai Line)
Kōenji 高円寺 1.4 52.2 16.1     Suginami
Asagaya 阿佐ケ谷 1.2 53.4 17.3    
Ogikubo 荻窪 1.4 54.8 18.7   Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-01)
Nishi-Ogikubo 西荻窪 1.9 56.7 20.6    
Kichijōji 吉祥寺 1.9 58.6 22.5   Keiō Inokashira Line Musashino
Mitaka 三鷹 1.6 60.2 24.1   Chūō Line (Rapid) (early morning / late night trains through to Tachikawa) Mitaka

Rolling stock[edit]

Trains used on the Chūō-Sōbu Line are based at Mitaka Depot.

Rolling stock used in the past[edit]

  • 101 series EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1963 until November 1988)[1]
  • 103 series 10-car EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1979 until March 2001)[1]
  • 201 series 10-car EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1982 until November 2001)[1]
  • 205 series 10-car EMUs (yellow stripe) (from August 1989 until November 2001)[1]
  • 301 series 10-car EMUs (light blue stripe) (from 1966 until 2003)

History[edit]

The history of the Mitaka - Ochanomizu section is available via this link.

The History of the Ochanomizu - Chiba section is available via this link.

Women-only cars, designed to prevent chikan, were introduced on this line during morning peak periods starting on November 20, 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "JR首都圏通勤電車図鑑". Japan Railfan Magazine 48 (570): 27. October 2008. 
  2. ^ "JR東日本 E231系800番代 5月1日に営業運転を開始" [JR East E231-800 series enters revenue service on 1 May]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 32 (231): p72. July 2003. 

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