Chūō-Sōbu Line

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Chūō-Sōbu Line
JR JB line symbol.svg
Chūō-Sōbu Line on Sotobori.JPG
An E231 series EMU on the Chuo-Sobu Line in central Tokyo in March 2008
Overview
Native name 中央・総武緩行線
Type  Commuter rail
Status Operational
Locale Tokyo, Chiba prefectures
Termini Mitaka
Chiba
Stations 39
Operation
Opened 1932
Owner JR East
Depot(s) Mitaka
Rolling stock 209-500 series, E231-0 series, E231-500 series, E231-800 series, E231-900 series
Technical
Line length 60.2 km (37.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Route map
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The Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線 Chūō-Sōbu-kankō-sen?) is a railway line located in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network, it operates on separate tracks along the right-of-way of the Chūō Main Line (Chūō Line (Rapid)) and Sōbu Main Line (Sōbu Line (Rapid)), providing service between Mitaka Station in the cities of Mitaka and Musashino and Chiba Station in Chiba.

The term Kankō (緩行 lit. "slow run"?) distinguishes local trains on the Chūō-Sōbu line from rapid service trains running on the Chūō Main Line between Mitaka and Ochanomizu and on the Sōbu Main Line between Kinshichō and Chiba.

Station list[edit]

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Legend
  • ●: All trains stop
  • ■: Some trains pass
  • ▲: All trains pass on weekends and holidays
  • |: All trains pass
Station
No.
Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total Chūō Line Sōbu Line
JB39 Chiba 千葉 - From
Chiba

0.0
From
Tokyo

39.2
  Uchibō Line, Sotobō Line, Narita Line, Sōbu Main Line
KS Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Chiba: KS59)
Chiba Urban Monorail Lines 1 and 2
Chūō-ku, Chiba Chiba
JB38 Nishi-Chiba 西千葉 1.4 1.4 37.8    
JB37 Inage 稲毛 1.9 3.3 35.9     Inage-ku, Chiba
JB36 Shin-Kemigawa 新検見川 2.7 6.0 33.2     Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba
JB35 Makuhari 幕張 1.6 7.6 31.6   KS Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Makuhari: KS53)
JB34 Makuharihongō 幕張本郷 2.0 9.6 29.6   KS Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei-Makuharihongō: KS52)
JB33 Tsudanuma 津田沼 2.9 12.5 26.7   SL Shin-Keisei Line (Shin-Tsudanuma: SL23) Narashino
JB32 Higashi-Funabashi 東船橋 1.7 14.2 25.0     Funabashi
JB31 Funabashi 船橋 1.8 16.0 23.2   TD Tobu Urban Park Line (TD35)
KS Keisei Main Line (Keisei Funabashi: KS22)
JB30 Nishi-Funabashi 西船橋 2.6 18.6 20.6   JM Musashino Line, Keiyō Line (JM10)
TR Tōyō Rapid Railway Line (TR01)
Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-23) (some trains through to Tsudanuma)
JB29 Shimōsa-Nakayama 下総中山 1.6 20.2 19.0    
JB28 Moto-Yawata 本八幡 1.6 21.8 17.4   Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (S-21) Ichikawa
JB27 Ichikawa 市川 2.0 23.8 15.4  
JB26 Koiwa 小岩 2.6 26.4 12.8     Edogawa Tokyo
JB25 Shin-Koiwa 新小岩 2.8 29.2 10.0     Katsushika
JB24 Hirai 平井 1.8 31.0 8.2     Edogawa
JB23 Kameido 亀戸 1.9 32.9 6.3   TS Tōbu Kameido Line (TS44) Kōtō
JB22 Kinshichō 錦糸町 1.5 34.4 4.8   JO Sōbu Line (Rapid) (for Tokyo)
Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Z-13)
Sumida
From
Kinshichō

0.0
JB21 Ryōgoku 両国 1.5 35.9 1.5     Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-12)
JB20 Asakusabashi 浅草橋 0.8 36.7 2.3     Subway TokyoAsakusa.png Toei Asakusa Line (A-16) Taitō
JB19
(AKB)
Akihabara 秋葉原 1.1 37.8 3.4     JY Yamanote Line (JY03)
JK Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK28)
Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-15)
Tsukuba Express.png Tsukuba Express (01)
Chiyoda
JB18 Ochanomizu 御茶ノ水 0.9 38.7 4.3   JC Chūō Line (Rapid) (for Tokyo)
Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-20)
Subway TokyoChiyoda.png Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (Shin-Ochanomizu: C-12)
From
Tokyo

2.6
JB17 Suidōbashi 水道橋 0.8 39.5 3.4   Subway TokyoMita.png Toei Mita Line (I-11)
JB16 Iidabashi 飯田橋 0.9 40.4 4.3   Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-06)
Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-13)
Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-10)
Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-06)
JB15 Ichigaya 市ケ谷 1.5 41.9 5.8   Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-14)
Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-09)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (S-04)
JB14 Yotsuya 四ツ谷 0.8 42.7 6.6   Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-12)
Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-08)
Shinjuku
JB13 Shinanomachi 信濃町 1.3 44.0 7.9    
JB12 Sendagaya 千駄ケ谷 0.7 44.7 8.6   Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (Kokuritsu-Kyōgijō: E-25) Shibuya
JB11 Yoyogi 代々木 1.0 45.7 9.6   JY Yamanote Line (JY18)
Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-26)
JB10
(SJK)
Shinjuku 新宿 0.7 46.4 10.3   JY Yamanote Line (JY17)
JA Saikyō Line (JA11)
JS Shōnan-Shinjuku Line (JS20)
OH Odakyū Odawara Line (OH01)
KO Keiō Line, Keiō New Line (KO01)
Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-08)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (S-01)
Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-01, E-27)
SS Seibu Shinjuku Line (Seibu-Shinjuku: SS01)
Shinjuku
JB09 Ōkubo 大久保 1.4 47.8 11.7    
JB08 Higashi-Nakano 東中野 1.1 48.9 12.8   Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-31) Nakano
JB07 Nakano 中野 1.9 50.8 14.7   Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-01) (some trains through on Tōzai Line)
JB06 Kōenji 高円寺 1.4 52.2 16.1     Suginami
JB05 Asagaya 阿佐ケ谷 1.2 53.4 17.3    
JB04 Ogikubo 荻窪 1.4 54.8 18.7   Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-01)
JB03 Nishi-Ogikubo 西荻窪 1.9 56.7 20.6    
JB02 Kichijōji 吉祥寺 1.9 58.6 22.5   IN Keiō Inokashira Line (IN17) Musashino
JB01 Mitaka 三鷹 1.6 60.2 24.1   JC Chūō Line (Rapid) (early morning / late night trains through to Tachikawa) Mitaka

Rolling stock[edit]

Trains used on the Chūō-Sōbu Line are based at Mitaka Depot.

Rolling stock used in the past[edit]

  • 101 series EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1963 until November 1988)[1]
  • 103 series 10-car EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1979 until March 2001)[1]
  • 201 series 10-car EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1982 until November 2001)[1]
  • 205 series 10-car EMUs (yellow stripe) (from August 1989 until November 2001)[1]
  • 301 series 10-car EMUs (light blue stripe) (on Tozai Line inter-running services from 1966 until 2003)

History[edit]

Women-only cars, designed to prevent gropers, were introduced on this line during morning peak periods starting on November 20, 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f JR首都圏通勤電車図鑑. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 48 no. 570. Koyusha Co., Ltd. October 2008. p. 27. 
  2. ^ 中央総武緩行線でE231系500番台が営業運転を開始 [E231-500 series enters revenue service on Chuo-Sobu Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  3. ^ JR電車編成表 2016夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 20 May 2016. p. 96. ISBN 978-4-330-68216-7. 
  4. ^ 特集 209系 第2章へ [209 series - The second chapter]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 49 no. 576. Koyusha Co., Ltd. April 2009. pp. 9–47. 

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