Keisei Oshiage Line

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Keisei Oshiage Line
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Keisei 3500 series EMU on the Oshiage Line, July 2012
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Stations 6
Operation
Owner Keisei Electric Railway
Technical
Line length 5.7 km (3.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 95 km/h (60 mph)

The Keisei Oshiage Line (京成押上線 Keisei-Oshiage-sen?) is a railway line in Tokyo, Japan, operated by private railway company Keisei Electric Railway. It connects Oshiage Station in Sumida and Aoto Station in Katsushika.

The Oshiage Line passes through areas typical of Tokyo's shitamachi ("down town") working-class sections known for their distinctively earthy atmosphere.

History[edit]

This line constituted part of the original Keisei Main Line, opened in 1914 as a dual track 1372mm gauge electrified line, but once the section from Ueno and Nippori to Aoto came into service in 1932, this line became a short branch and was renamed the "Oshiage Line".

The line was regauged to 1435mm in 1959 in preparation for the introduction of through services upon the opening of Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transport (Toei) Line 1 (present Toei Asakusa Line) in 1960, when the line returned to its original role in the Keisei network, to provide trains from its main line to downtown Tokyo via the Toei line. It also provides connections at Oshiage to the Tōbu Isesaki Line and the Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line. The line is now a de facto main line of Keisei.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Mukojima station (since closed) - The Keisei company was seeking a line to Tokyo, and encouraged the Prince Electric Railway Co. to construct a 1.4km 1372mm gauge line to this station as part of a campaign for government approval for a Tokyo line, the line opening in 1928. However, once approval to build to Ueno was received, the Tokyo line proposal lapsed and the line closed in 1936. Mukojima station closed in 1947.

Basic data[edit]

  • Length: 5.7 km (Approx. 3.6 miles)
  • Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
  • Track: double
  • Block system: Automatic
  • ATC/ATS: C-ATS

Operation[edit]

Rapid services[edit]

Together with local trains, the operator offers several types of rapid services.

Rapid Limited Express (快特 Kaitoku?) (RL) and Limited Express (特急 Tokkyu?) (LE)
LE trains stop at Oshiage and Aoto stations only inside the line. Newly introduced in 2006, RL is bound for Asakusa Line in the morning, and vice versa in the evening.
Airport Rapid (空港快速 Kūkō-Kaisoku?)
Through service on the Keisei Main and Toei Asakusa lines; travels the subway section as a rapid.
Rapid (快速 Kaisoku?)
Through service on the Keisei Main Line. Trains of Airport Rapid and Rapid stop at only Oshiage and Aoto stations.
Express (急行 Kyūkō?)
Through service on to the Hokusō Line. Trains stop at Oshiage, Hikifune, Tateishi, and Aoto.
Local (各駅停車 or 普通 Kakueki-teisha or Futsū?)
Trans stop at all stations along the Oshiage Line.

Stations[edit]

No. Name Japanese Distance (km) Express Rapid Airport
Rapid
Comm.
Express
Ltd.
Express
Rapid
Ltd.
Express
Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
KS45 Keisei-Oshiage 京成押上 - 0.0 Toei Asakusa Line
Tobu Skytree Line
Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line
Sumida
KS46 Keisei-Hikifune 京成曳舟 1.1 1.1
KS47 Yahiro 八広 1.3 2.4
KS48 Yotsugi 四ッ木 0.7 3.1 Katsushika
KS49 Keisei-Tateishi 京成立石 1.5 4.6
KS09 Aoto 青砥 1.1 5.7 Keisei Main Line

References[edit]

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