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 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
Line name Station
No.
Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total Chūō Line Sōbu Line
Sōbu Main Line
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39
Chiba 千葉 - From
Chiba

0.0
From
Tokyo

39.2
  Chūō-ku, Chiba Chiba
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38
Nishi-Chiba 西千葉 1.4 1.4 37.8    
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37
Inage 稲毛 1.9 3.3 35.9     Inage-ku, Chiba
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36
Shin-Kemigawa 新検見川 2.7 6.0 33.2     Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba
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35
Makuhari 幕張 1.6 7.6 31.6   KS Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Makuhari: KS53)
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34
Makuharihongō 幕張本郷 2.0 9.6 29.6   KS Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei-Makuharihongō: KS52)
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33
Tsudanuma 津田沼 2.9 12.5 26.7   SL Shin-Keisei Line (Shin-Tsudanuma: SL23) Narashino
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32
Higashi-Funabashi 東船橋 1.7 14.2 25.0     Funabashi
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31
Funabashi 船橋 1.8 16.0 23.2  
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30
Nishi-Funabashi 西船橋 2.6 18.6 20.6  
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29
Shimōsa-Nakayama 下総中山 1.6 20.2 19.0    
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28
Moto-Yawata 本八幡 1.6 21.8 17.4   S Toei Shinjuku Line (S-21) Ichikawa
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27
Ichikawa 市川 2.0 23.8 15.4  
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26
Koiwa 小岩 2.6 26.4 12.8     Edogawa Tokyo
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25
Shin-Koiwa 新小岩 2.8 29.2 10.0     Katsushika
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24
Hirai 平井 1.8 31.0 8.2     Edogawa
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23
Kameido 亀戸 1.9 32.9 6.3   TS Tōbu Kameido Line (TS44) Kōtō
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22
Kinshichō 錦糸町 1.5 34.4 4.8   Sumida
From
Kinshichō

0.0
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21
Ryōgoku 両国 1.5 35.9 1.5     E Toei Oedo Line (E-12)
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20
Asakusabashi 浅草橋 0.8 36.7 2.3     A Toei Asakusa Line (A-16) Taitō
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19
Akihabara 秋葉原 1.1 37.8 3.4     Chiyoda
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18
Ochanomizu 御茶ノ水 0.9 38.7 4.3  
Chūō Main Line From
Tokyo

2.6
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17
Suidōbashi 水道橋 0.8 39.5 3.4   I Toei Mita Line (I-11)
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16
Iidabashi 飯田橋 0.9 40.4 4.3  
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15
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)
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14
Yotsuya 四ツ谷 0.8 42.7 6.6  
Shinjuku
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13
Shinanomachi 信濃町 1.3 44.0 7.9    
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12
Sendagaya 千駄ケ谷 0.7 44.7 8.6   E Toei Oedo Line (Kokuritsu-kyogijo: E-25) Shibuya
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11
Yoyogi 代々木 1.0 45.7 9.6  
Yamanote Line
SJK
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10
Shinjuku 新宿 0.7 46.4 10.3  
Shinjuku
Chūō Main Line
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09
Ōkubo 大久保 1.4 47.8 11.7    
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08
Higashi-Nakano 東中野 1.1 48.9 12.8   E Toei Oedo Line (E-31) Nakano
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07
Nakano 中野 1.9 50.8 14.7   T Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (T-01) (some trains through on Tozai Line)
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06
Kōenji 高円寺 1.4 52.2 16.1     Suginami
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05
Asagaya 阿佐ケ谷 1.2 53.4 17.3    
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04
Ogikubo 荻窪 1.4 54.8 18.7   M Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-01)
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03
Nishi-Ogikubo 西荻窪 1.9 56.7 20.6    
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02
Kichijōji 吉祥寺 1.9 58.6 22.5   IN Keiō Inokashira Line (IN17) Musashino
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01
Mitaka 三鷹 1.6 60.2 24.1   JC Chūō Line (JC12) (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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