Chūō-Sōbu Line

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Chūō-Sōbu Line
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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 Prefecture
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 that runs through Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Chūō-Sōbu Line is part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network, but 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.

Service patterns[edit]

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Chūō-Sōbu Line[edit]

  • Regularly, trains terminate at Chiba or Tsudanuma at the east side, and terminate at Nakano or Mitaka at the west side
  • All trains stop at every station.

Tozai Line through service[edit]

All through service trains enter the Tozai Line at either Nakano, or Nishi-Funabashi. These trains operate within the following routes:

  • Mitaka – Nakano – (Tozai Line) – Nishi-Funabashi – Tsudanuma (mornings/evenings only)
  • Nakano – (Tozai Line) – Nishi-Funabashi – Tsudanuma (mornings/evenings only)
  • Mitaka – Nakano – (Tozai Line) – Nishi-Funabashi
  • Mitaka – Nakano – (Tozai Line) – Nishi-Funabashi – (Toyo Rapid Railway Line) – Toyo-Katsutadai

Early morning / Late night[edit]

At around 9 -10pm, 5 westbound trains head beyond Mitaka onto the Chūō Line (Rapid), with 3 terminating at Musashi-Koganei, and the other 2 at Tachikawa. The other trains during the hour operate regularly.

At around 4 - 6am and 11pm - 1am, Chūō-Sōbu Line services are divided at Ochanomizu Station, into two sections.

  • At the western section (Mitaka – Ochanomizu), Chūō Line (Rapid) trains run through the Chūō-Sōbu Line tracks between Nakano and Ochanomizu, with services serving between Tokyo and as far as Takao, or even Ōme, which stops at all stations.
  • At the eastern section (Ochanomizu – Chiba), local trains operate and terminate at the two ends of the section.

Limited express[edit]

Certain limited express and seasonal trains run through, or stop at stations on this line. For information on the Shinjuku Wakashio and the Shinjuku Sazanami that make stops on the Chūō-Sōbu Line at Akihabara, see their respective articles.

Station list[edit]

Legend
  • ●: All trains stop
  • ■: Some trains pass
  • ▲: All trains pass on weekends and holidays
  • |: All trains pass
Official

Line name

Station
No.
Station Japanese Distance (km) Local Rapid Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total Chūō-Sōbu

Line

Tozai Line

through

Chūō Line Sōbu Line
Sōbu Main Line JB39 Chiba 千葉 - From
Chiba

0.0
From
Tokyo

39.2
 To

Tokyo

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
JB30 Nishi-Funabashi 西船橋 2.6 18.6 20.6
JB29 Shimōsa-Nakayama 下総中山 1.6 20.2 19.0 Through to

T Tokyo Metro

Tozai Line

 
JB28 Moto-Yawata 本八幡 1.6 21.8 17.4 S 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 Sumida
Sōbu Main Line Branch From
Kinshichō

0.0
JB21 Ryōgoku 両国 1.5 35.9 1.5 To Tokyo and

JO Yokosuka Line

E Toei Oedo Line (E-12)
JB20 Asakusabashi 浅草橋 0.8 36.7 2.3 A Toei Asakusa Line (A-16) Taitō
AKBJB19
Akihabara 秋葉原 1.1 37.8 3.4 Chiyoda
JB18 Ochanomizu 御茶ノ水 0.9 38.7 4.3
Chūō Main Line From
Tokyo

2.6
JB17 Suidōbashi 水道橋 0.8 39.5 3.4 I Toei Mita Line (I-11)
JB16 Iidabashi 飯田橋 0.9 40.4 4.3
JB15 Ichigaya 市ケ谷 1.5 41.9 5.8
  • Y Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line (Y-14)
  • N Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-09)
  • S Toei Shinjuku Line (S-04)
JB14 Yotsuya 四ツ谷 0.8 42.7 6.6
Shinjuku
JB13 Shinanomachi 信濃町 1.3 44.0 7.9  
JB12 Sendagaya 千駄ケ谷 0.7 44.7 8.6 E Toei Oedo Line (Kokuritsu-kyogijo: E-25) Shibuya
JB11 Yoyogi 代々木 1.0 45.7 9.6
Yamanote Line
SJKJB10
Shinjuku 新宿 0.7 46.4 10.3
Shinjuku
Chūō Main Line
JB09 Ōkubo 大久保 1.4 47.8 11.7  
JB08 Higashi-Nakano 東中野 1.1 48.9 12.8 E Toei Oedo Line (E-31) Nakano
JB07 Nakano 中野 1.9 50.8 14.7 T Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (T-01)
(some trains through to Mitaka)
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 M 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 Number prefix Inokashira.PNG Keiō Inokashira Line (IN17) Musashino
JB01 Mitaka 三鷹 1.6 60.2 24.1 JC Chūō Line (JC12)
(early morning / late night trains through to/from

Musashi-Koganei, Tachikawa, Toyoda, Takao

or Ome on the JC Ome Line via Tachikawa)

Mitaka

Rolling stock[edit]

Chūō-Sōbu Line[edit]

Trains used on the line are based at Mitaka Depot.

Tozai Line - Toyo Rapid Line through service[edit]

Trains run between Mitaka and Tsudanuma (Chūō-Sōbu Line) or Toyo-Katsutadai (Toyo Rapid Line), all via the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line between Nakano and Nishi-Funabashi.

  • E231-800 series 10-car EMUs (light blue and blue stripe) (Does not run on the Toyo Rapid Line)

Chūō Line (Early morning / Late night)[edit]

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. ^ 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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