Keisei Main Line

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     Narita Main Line
Keisei 3700 2nd.jpg
Keisei 3700 series EMU on the Keisei Main Line, January 2009
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Locale Tokyo, Chiba prefectures
Termini Keisei Ueno
Narita Airport
Daily ridership 500,121 (2010) [1]
Operation
Operator(s) Keisei Electric Railway
Depot(s) Sogosando
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary

The Keisei Main Line (京成本線 Keisei Honsen?) is a railway line of Japanese private railway company Keisei Electric Railway connecting Tokyo and Narita, Japan. It is the main line of Keisei's railway network. Built as an interurban between Tokyo and Narita in early 20th century, the line has served as a main access route to Narita International Airport since 1978. It also serves major cities along the line such as Funabashi, Narashino, and Sakura.

In 2010, the Narita Sky Access opened as a bypass of the line, reducing the role of the main line in the airport access.

History[edit]

All sections opened as electrified dual track unless noted otherwise. The initial section opened between Takasago and Edogawa as 1372mm gauge in 1912, and the line was progressively extended in both directions, reaching Narita in 1930 and Ueno in 1933.

In 1959 the line was regauged to 1435mm, and extended to Narita Airport (now Terminal 2) in 1978. The extension to Terminal 1 was opened as a single track in 1992.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Funabashi-Keibajō station - A 1km 1372mm gauge line electrified at 600 VDC opened to the Yatsu amusement park in 1927, the voltage being raised to 1200 VDC the following year. The line closed in 1934.
  • Narita station - The Narita Electric Railway Co. operated a 5km 1372mm gauge line electrified at 600 VDC from Fudoson (adjacent to the Narita temple) to Sogo between 1910 and 1944 that connected at this station.

Rapid and express services[edit]

Skyliner
The airport access train connecting Keisei Ueno and Narita Airport runs on the Main Line between Keisei Ueno and Keisei Takasago. Between Keisei Takasago and Narita Airport, it runs on the Narita Sky Access Line. Runs the entire length of the route in 44 minutes (36 minutes from Nippori to Airport Terminal 2). All trains call at Keisei Ueno, Nippori, Airport Terminal 2 and Narita Airport.
City Liner
From Keisei Ueno to Keisei Narita. Trains call at Nippori, Aoto, Keisei Funabashi, and Keisei Narita.
     Access Express (アクセス特急 Akusesu Tokkyū?)
Non-charged. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport, via the Narita Sky Access Line between Keisei Takasago and Narita Airport.
     Limited Express (快速特急 Kaisoku Tokkyū?)
Non-charged. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport. Runs during morning and evening times only. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Hokusō, Narita Airport or Shibayama Chiyoda. Calls at Keisei Ueno, Nippori, Aoto, Keisei Takasago, Keisei Yawata, Keisei Funabashi, Keisei Tsudanuma, Yachiyodai, Katsutadai and Keisei Sakura, Narita, and Narita Airport (Terminal 1 and 2). Same as Limited Express except that it doesn't stop at Osakura, Shisui, Sogosando, and Kozunomori.
     Limited Express (特急 Tokkyū?)
Non-charged. Runs only from the late morning to the early evening. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Hokusō, Narita Airport or Shibayama Chiyoda. Calls at Keisei Ueno, Nippori, Aoto, Keisei Takasago, Keisei Yawata, Keisei Funabashi, Keisei Tsudanuma, Yachiyodai, Katsutadai and Keisei Sakura, then all stations at Osakura, Shisui, Sogosando, Kozunomori, Narita, then to Narita Airport (Terminal 1 and 2) or to Higashi-Narita and Shibayama-Chiyoda.
     Commuter Express (通勤特急 Tsūkin Tokkyū?)
Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport or Shibayama Chiyoda. Runs only in the morning and evenings. Calls at Limited Express stops west of Katsutadai and local stops east of there.
     Rapid (快速 Kaisoku?)
Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport or Shibayama Chiyoda. Calls at Keisei Ueno, Nippori, Senju-Ohashi, Aoto, Keisei Takasago, Keisei Koiwa, Keisei Yawata, Higashi Nakayama, Keisei Funabashi, Funabashi Keibajō and Keisei Tsudanuma, then all stations.
     Local (普通 Futsū?)
Sometimes called interchangeably as Kakueki-Teisha (各駅停車?).

No Express (急行 Kyūkō?) trains run on the Keisei Main Line from the timetable revision on July 17, 2010. Until the revision, it ran only between Aoto and Takasago on through services to other Keisei lines.

Stations[edit]

Legend
  • ● : All trains stop
  • │ : All trains pass
  • ◇ : Some limited express trains stop when horse racing is held in Nakayama Racecourse.
Notes
  • Skyliner and Access Express are not shown.
  • Local trains stop at every station.
No. Name Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Comm.
Express
Ltd.
Express

(Red)

Ltd.
Express

(Green)

Transfers Location
KS01 Keisei Ueno 京成上野 0.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen, Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line, Jōban Line (Ueno Station)
Subway TokyoGinza.png Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Ueno Station)
Taitō Tokyo
KS02 Nippori 日暮里 2.1 Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Jōban Line
Nippori-Toneri Liner
Arakawa
KS03 Shin-Mikawashima 新三河島 3.4
KS04 Machiya 町屋 4.3 Subway TokyoChiyoda.png Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Toden Arakawa Line
KS05 Senju-Ōhashi 千住大橋 5.9 Adachi
KS06 Keisei Sekiya 京成関屋 7.3 Tobu Skytree Line (Ushida Station)
KS07 Horikiri-Shōbuen 堀切菖蒲園 8.8 Katsushika
KS08 Ohanajaya お花茶屋 9.9
KS09 Aoto 青砥 11.5 Keisei Oshiage Line
KS10 Keisei Takasago 京成高砂 12.7 Narita Sky Access Line
Keisei Kanamachi Line
Hokusō Line
KS11 Keisei Koiwa 京成小岩 14.5 Edogawa
KS12 Edogawa 江戸川 15.7
KS13 Kōnodai 国府台 16.4 Ichikawa Chiba Prefecture
KS14 Ichikawa-Mama 市川真間 17.3
KS15 Sugano 菅野 18.2
KS16 Keisei Yawata 京成八幡 19.1 Chūō-Sōbu Line (Motoyawata Station)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (Motoyawata Station)
KS17 Onigoe 鬼越 20.1
KS18 Keisei Nakayama 京成中山 20.8 Funabashi
KS19 Higashi-Nakayama 東中山 21.6
KS20 Keisei Nishifuna 京成西船 22.2
KS21 Kaijin 海神 23.6
KS22 Keisei Funabashi 京成船橋 25.1 Sōbu Line (Rapid), Chūō-Sōbu Line (Funabashi Station)
Tōbu Noda Line (Funabashi Station)
KS23 Daijingu-Shita 大神宮下 26.4
KS24 Funabashi-Keibajō 船橋競馬場 27.2
KS25 Yatsu 谷津 28.2 Narashino
KS26 Keisei Tsudanuma 京成津田沼 32.1 Keisei Chiba Line
Shin-Keisei Line
KS27 Keisei Ōkubo 京成大久保 32.1
KS28 Mimomi 実籾 34.0
KS29 Yachiyodai 八千代台 36.6 Yachiyo
KS30 Keisei Ōwada 京成大和田 38.7
KS31 Katsutadai 勝田台 40.3 Tōyō Rapid Railway Line
KS32 Shizu 志津 42.1 Sakura
KS33 Yūkarigaoka ユーカリが丘 43.2 Yamaman Yūkarigaoka Line
KS34 Keisei Usui 京成臼井 45.7
KS35 Keisei Sakura 京成佐倉 51.0
KS36 Ōsakura 大佐倉 53.0
KS37 Keisei Shisui 京成酒々井 55.0 Shisui
KS38 Sōgosandō 宗吾参道 57.0
KS39 Kōzunomori 公津の杜 58.6 Narita
KS40 Keisei Narita 京成成田 61.2 Keisei Higashi-Narita Line
KS41 Airport Terminal 2 空港第2ビル 68.3 Narita Line
KS42 Narita Airport 成田空港 69.3 Narita Line

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ Keisei station ridership in 2010 Train Media (sourced from Keisei) Retrieved May 28, 2012.