Odakyū Odawara Line
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The Odakyū Odawara Line (小田急小田原線 Odakyū-Odawara-sen?) is the main line of Japanese private railway operator Odakyū Electric Railway. It stretches 82.5 km from Shinjuku in central Tokyo through the southwest suburbs to the city of Odawara, the gateway to Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is a busy commuter line and is also known for its "Romancecar" limited express services. From Yoyogi-Uehara Station some trains continue onto the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and beyond to the East Japan Railway Company Jōban Line.
Destinations are from Shinjuku unless noted. English abbreviations are tentative for this article.
- Limited Express (特急 tokkyū?)
- Collectively known as "Romancecar" services, there is an extra seat charge for limited express service. Trains bound for: Odawara; Katase-Enoshima on the Enoshima Line; Karakida on the Tama Line; Hakone-Yumoto on the Hakone Tozan Railway; and Gotemba on the Central Japan Railway Company Gotenba Line.
- Rapid Express (快速急行 kaisoku kyūkō?) (RE)
- No extra charge. Most services are for Fujisawa on the Odakyu Enoshima Line.
- Express (急行 kyūkō?) (E)
- Most services are for Odawara; others for Katase-Enoshima and through to the Hakone Tozan Line. Some inbound morning services from Karakida run through on the Chiyoda and Jōban Lines.
- Tama Express (多摩急行 tama kyūkō?) (TE)
- Services from Ayase on the Chiyoda Line to Karakida.
- Semi-Express (準急 junkyū?) (SE)
- Services for Odawara and Hon-Atsugi. Some inbound morning services run through on the Chiyoda and Jōban Lines.
- Section Semi-Express (区間準急 kukan junkyū?) (SSE)
- Most services for Karakida, with others for Shin-Matsuda.
- Local (各駅停車 kakueki teisha?)
- Most services for Hon-Atsugi; others to Odawara, through to Katase-Enoshima and the Tama and Hakone Tozan lines. Also service between Shin-Matsuda to Hakone-Yumoto
- See the Romancecar article for information on Odakyū Romancecar limited express services.
- Local trains stop at every station.
- ● - all trains stop at this station; ■ - some trains stop at this station;｜- all trains pass
- SSE - Section Semi-Express; SE - Semi-Express; TE - Tama Express; E - Express; RE - Rapid Express
|Shinjuku||新宿||-||0.0||●||●||To Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line||●||●||Chūō Line (Rapid), Chūō-Sōbu Line, Yamanote Line, Saikyō Line, Shōnan Shinjuku Line
○Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-08)
○Toei Ōedo Line (E-27) (Shinjuku-Nishiguchi (E-01)), ○Toei Shinjuku Line(S-01)
Keiō Line, Keiō New Line
Seibu Shinjuku Line (Seibu-Shinjuku)
|Through to Chiyoda Line and Jōban Line:||○Tama Express (all trains): to Toride via the Chiyoda Line and Jōban Line
○Express (weekday mornings): to Abiko via Chiyoda/Jōban Lines
○Semi-express (some trains): to Ayase via Chiyoda Line
|Yoyogi-Uehara||代々木上原||0.8||3.5||●||●||●||●||●||Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-01)|
|Shimo-Kitazawa||下北沢||0.7||4.9||●||●||●||●||●||Keiō Inokashira Line|
|Gōtokuji||豪徳寺||0.7||7.0||●||｜||｜||｜||｜||Tōkyū Setagaya Line (Yamashita)|
|Noborito||登戸||0.8||15.2||●||●||●||●||｜||Nambu Line||Tama-ku, Kawasaki||Kanagawa|
|Shin-Yurigaoka||新百合ヶ丘||1.0||21.5||●||●||●||●||●||Odakyū Tama Line (through to Karakida from Shinjuku/Chiyoda Line)|
|Kakio||柿生||1.9||23.4||●||●||To Tama Line||｜||｜|
|Sagami-Ōno||相模大野||1.5||32.3||●||●||●||●||Odakyū Enoshima Line (through to Katase-Enoshima from Shinjuku/Machida)||Minami-ku, Sagamihara||Kanagawa|
Sōtetsu Main Line
|Shin-Matsuda||新松田||6.2||71.8||●||●||●||●||Gotemba Line (Matsuda)||Matsuda,
|Odawara||小田原||1.7||82.5||●||●||Hakone Tozan Line (through to Hakone-Yumoto)
Tōkaidō Main Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Izuhakone Railway Daiyūzan Line
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The entire stretch of the line was opened at once on April 1, 1927, by Odakyu Electric Railway. In 1942, Odakyu was forcibly merged by the government with Tokyu Corporation and the line was named the Tokyu Odawara Line. Tokyu was broken up in 1948 and the line was transferred to the newly refounded Odakyu.
Through operation to the Hakone Tozan Railway's Hakone Tozan Line began in 1950 once dual gauge trains were developed (the Hakone Tozan Line is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in), the Odawara Line 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)). A bypass track was laid in 1955 to Matsuda Station on the Gotemba Line of the then-Japanese National Railways, and limited express service through to the line started. To function as a bypass to central Tokyo, through service on the Eidan Subway (now Tokyo Metro) Chiyoda Line commenced in 1978 via Yoyogi-Uehara.
Long standing land acquisition issues stalled major track expansion work until the early 2000s, though the tracks had been congested since around since the 1970s. In 1985, plans were formed for a track upgrading project on the Odawara Line with construction to begin in 2013; the project is being carried out between Yoyogi-Uehara and Mukōgaoka-Yūen, quadrupling the Odawara Line trackage and stacking the tracks underground, allowing for increased express services. Originally a viaduct was planned but this was changed to underground tracks, and work on the tunnel between Setagaya-Daita and Higashi-Kitazawa is ongoing. In March 2013, Odakyū announced that the construction is projected to continue until 2018.
- Odakyu ridership in 2010 Train Media (sourced from Odakyu) Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Ministry of Finance Japan. "Examples of FILP-target Projects: Construction Projects of Private Rail Lines (Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (Construction Account))". Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency. "About JRTT: Urban Railways" (PDF). Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- "小田急、代々木上原駅～梅ヶ丘駅間の複々線化で工事期間を2018年度まで延長" [Odakyu, extend the construction period until fiscal 2018 by a quadruple track between station and umegaoka station Yoyogi-Uehara]. March 14, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
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