Tobu Skytree Line

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     Tobu Skytree Line
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A Tobu 20000 series EMU on the Tobu Skytree Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System Tobu Railway
Locale Kantō
Termini Asakusa
Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen
Stations 30
Operation
Opening March 17, 2012
Owner Tobu Railway
Depot(s) Kasukabe
Technical
Line length 41.0 km (25.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 110 km/h (70 mph)

The Tobu Skytree Line (東武スカイツリーライン Tōbu Sukaitsurii-rain?) is a Japanese railway line operated by the private railway company Tobu Railway, extending from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen Station in Saitama Prefecture. Some trains from the line continue to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line. Formally being the southern part of the 114.5 km long Tobu Isesaki Line, it was nicknamed the Tobu Skytree Line on 17 March 2012.

Descriptions[edit]

Track
quadruple: Tokyo SkytreeHikifune 1.3 km, Kita-SenjuKita-Koshigaya 18.9 km[1]
double: the rest

Note that Oshiage Station is officially an extension or part of Tokyo Skytree. The double tracks between Oshiage and Hikifune are thus the third and fourth tracks of the Tokyo Skytree − Hikifune section.

Operation[edit]

All-stations "Local" services operate from Asakusa to Kita-Senju, and Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, and onward to Minami-Kurihashi on the Tōbu Nikkō Line.[2] Some peak-hour Local services from Asakusa terminate at Takenotsuka, Kita-Koshigaya, or Kita-Kasukabe.[2]

Through trains[edit]

The Skytree Line has trains that inter-run with two Tokyo Metro subway lines. One is the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line connected at Kitasenju, with all-stations "Local" trains only. The other is the Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line at Oshiage, with rapid trains of Tobu. Beyond Shibuya, the terminus of the Hanzomon Line, nearly all trains continue to and from to the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, down to the terminus Chūō-Rinkan.

To the north, it has trains through the Yagan Railway to the Aizu Railway's Aizutajima Station.

Service patterns[edit]

Stops and operated sections are as of 2013.

Local (普通 Futsū?) (announced as Kakueki Teisha (各駅停車?) or kakutei (各停?) for short) (L)
  • Asakusa − Kita-Senju (from morning to night) - Takenotsuka - Kita-Koshigaya - Kita-Kasukabe - Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen - Minami-Kurihashi to complement Section Semi-Express and Section Express every morning, evening and nighttime only. 6 cars.
  • Naka-Meguro of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line − Kita-Senju − Takenotsuka - Kita-Koshigaya - Kita-Kasukabe - Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen - Minami-Kurihashi. 8 cars.
Section Semi-Express (区間準急 Kukan Junkyū?) (SSE)
Between Asakusa and Kita-Koshigaya, Kita-Kasukabe, Tōbu-Dōbutsu Kōen, Kuki or Minami-Kurihashi on Nikkō Line. 6 cars.
Semi-Express (準急 Junkyū?) (SmE)
Early morning and late night. Down to Kita-Koshigaya, Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki or to Minami-Kurihashi on the Nikkō Line through from Chūō-Rinkan on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line via the Hanzōmon Line. 10 cars.
Section Express (区間急行 Kukan Kyūkō?) (SE)
Between Asakusa and Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki, Tatebayashi, Ōta or Shin-Tochigi and Minami-Kurihashi on the Nikkō Line. 6 cars.
Express (急行 Kyūkō?) (Ex)
From morning to night. Down to Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki (nearly half to Minami-Kurihashi on the Nikkō Line), through from Chūō-Rinkan on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line via Hanzōmon Line. 10 cars.
Rapid (快速 Kaisoku?), Section Rapid (区間快速 Kukan Kaisoku?) (R)
Non-charged rapid train through to Nikkō Line, Kinugawa Line of Tobu and Yagan Railway, terminates at Aizu Tajima on the Aizu Railway.
Limited Express (特急 Tokkyū?) (LE)
Stops not shown. Charged for seat reservation and rapid service. Mainly through to the Nikkō Line for the Nikko area named Kegon (けごん?), Kirifuri (きりふり?), Shimotsuke (しもつけ?) and Kinu (きぬ?). Some through to Isesaki from Asakusa, sole direct service named Ryōmō (りょうもう?).

Stations[edit]

Video from a Tobu 10000 series train near Sengendai Station, October 2012
No. Station L SSE SmE SE E R, SR Location
TS-01 Asakusa S S *1 S *2 S *2 S Taitō Tokyo
TS-02 Tokyo Skytree S S S S S Sumida
TS-03 (Oshiage)       S   S  
TS-04 Hikifune S S S S S S  
TS-05 Higashi-Mukōjima S S S   S    
TS-06 Kanegafuchi S S S   S    
TS-07 Horikiri S S S   S     Adachi
TS-08 Ushida S S S   S    
TS-09 Kita-Senju S S S S S S S S
TS-10 Kosuge S   S          
TS-11 Gotanno S S          
TS-12 Umejima S S          
TS-13 Nishiarai S S S S S S  
TS-14 Takenotsuka S S          
TS-15 Yatsuka S S           Sōka Saitama
TS-16 Sōka S S S S S S  
TS-17 Matsubaradanchi S S          
TS-18 Shinden S S          
TS-19 Gamō S S           Koshigaya
TS-20 Shin-Koshigaya S S S S S S  
TS-21 Koshigaya S S S S S S  
TS-22 Kita-Koshigaya S S S S      
TS-23 Ōbukuro S S S S      
TS-24 Sengendai S S S S S S  
TS-25 Takesato S S S S       Kasukabe
TS-26 Ichinowari S S S S      
TS-27 Kasukabe S S S S S S S
TS-28 Kita-Kasukabe S S S S      
TS-29 Himemiya S S S S       Miyashiro
TS-30 Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen S
*5
S
*3/*6
S
*3/*4
S
*3/*4/*7
S
*3/*4
S
*3/*4/*7
S
*3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 222. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ a b Tobu Timetable, 16 March 2013 p.2-65

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