Yokohama Line

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     Yokohama Line
Yokohama line E233-6000.JPG
A Yokohama Line E233-6000 series EMU
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Kanagawa Prefecture
Termini Hachiōji
Higashi-Kanagawa
Stations 20
Operation
Opening 1908
Operator(s) JR East
Rolling stock 205 series, E233-6000 series
Technical
Line length 42.6 km (26.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 95 km/h (59 mph)
Route map
JR Yokohama Line map.svg

The Yokohama Line (横浜線 Yokohama-sen?) is a Japanese railway line of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) connecting Higashi-Kanagawa Station in Yokohama, Kanagawa and Hachiōji Station in Hachiōji, Tokyo. The line's name comes from the section between Nagatsuta and Higashi-Kanagawa that runs through the city of Yokohama. Nicknamed the Hama-sen (浜線?) by locals,[1] the line serves commuters in the southwestern suburbs of Tokyo and northeastern suburbs of Yokohama.

Operation[edit]

Despite the line's name, only approximately one third of trains run as far as Yokohama Station. Rapid (快速 Kaisoku?) trains operate every 30 minutes during the daytime.

Stations[edit]

  • Local trains stop at all stations.
  • Information on the limited express Hama Kaiji service can be found on its page.
  • Rapid trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Through to
Sagami Line
Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
Higashi-Kanagawa 東神奈川 - 0.0 to Chigasaki via the Sagami Line Keihin-Tōhoku Line (through to Yokohama and Ōfuna via the Negishi Line)
Keikyu Main Line (Nakakido)
Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama Kanagawa
Ōguchi 大口 2.2 2.2  
Kikuna 菊名 2.6 4.8 Tōkyū Tōyoko Line Kōhoku-ku, Yokohama
Shin-Yokohama 新横浜 1.3 6.1 Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line (B25)
Kozukue 小机 1.7 7.8  
Kamoi 鴨居 3.1 10.9   Midori-ku, Yokohama
Nakayama 中山 2.6 13.5 Yokohama Municipal Subway Green Line (G01)
Tōkaichiba 十日市場 2.4 15.9  
Nagatsuta 長津田 2.0 17.9 Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line, Kodomonokuni Line
Naruse 成瀬 2.3 20.2   Machida Tokyo
Machida 町田 2.7 22.9 Odakyū Odawara Line
Kobuchi 古淵 2.8 25.7   Minami-ku, Sagamihara Kanagawa
Fuchinobe 淵野辺 2.7 28.4   Chūō-ku, Sagamihara
Yabe 矢部 0.8 29.2  
Sagamihara 相模原 1.8 31.0  
Hashimoto 橋本 2.8 33.8 Sagami Line
Keiō Sagamihara Line
Midori-ku, Sagamihara
Aihara 相原 1.9 35.7   Machida Tokyo
Hachiōji-Minamino 八王子みなみ野駅 2.9 38.6   Hachiōji
Katakura 片倉 1.4 40.0 Keiō Takao Line (Keiō-Katakura)
Hachiōji 八王子 2.6 42.6 Chūō Main Line, Hachikō Line
Keiō Line (Keiō-Hachiōji)

Rolling stock[edit]

Yokohama Line services are operated using a fleet of 8-car 205 series EMUs, first introduced in 1988.[2] The second car from the Higashi-Kanagawa end has six pairs of doors on each side to allow rapid boarding and disembarking during peak periods. Through trains to and from the Sagami Line are served by 4-car 205-500 series EMUs.[3]

New 8-car E233-6000 series EMUs were introduced on Yokohama Line services from 16 February 2014,[4] with a fleet of 28 sets scheduled to replace the 205 series EMUs by the summer of the same year.[2]

Former[edit]

  • 72 series
  • 103 series (from 2 October 1972 until 26 February 1989)

History[edit]

A Yokohama Line 103 series at Higashi-Kanagawa Station marking the first anniversary of JR East, April 1988

The line was opened by the private Yokohama Railway (横浜鉄道 Yokohama Tetsudō?) on 23 September 1908 and leased to the government in 1910.[5] The line was nationalized in 1917.

Only part of the route was double-tracked prior to 1967, when the KikunaShin-Yokohama section was double-tracked. In 1988 the Aihara –Hachiōji section was double-tracked, eliminating all single-track sections from the line.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aizawa, Masao (1996). Hamasen chimei arekore yokohama-hen. 230 Club Shinbunsha. ISBN 978-4-931353-24-4. 
  2. ^ a b "JR東日本 横浜線にE233系6000番代を投入" [JR East to introduce E233-6000 series on Yokohama Line]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 42 (356): p.60. December 2013. 
  3. ^ "横浜線開業100周年~その1: バトンタッチしてきた車両たち". Japan Railfan Magazine 49 (574): 94–97. February 2009. 
  4. ^ "E233系6000番台が営業運転を開始" [E233-6000 series enter revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "横浜線開業100周年~その2: 開業から現在までの他線との接続の歴史". Japan Railfan Magazine 49 (574): 98–99. February 2009. 

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