Keisei Main Line

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Keisei Main Line
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Keisei 3700 2nd.jpg
A Keisei 3700 series EMU on the Keisei Main Line in January 2009
Overview
Native name 京成本線
Type Commuter rail
Locale Tokyo, Chiba prefectures
Termini Keisei Ueno
Narita Airport Terminal 1
Daily ridership 500,121 (FY2010)[1]
Operation
Operator(s) Keisei Electric Railway
Depot(s) Sogosando
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary

The Keisei Main Line (京成本線, Keisei Honsen) is a railway line of Japanese private railway company Keisei Electric Railway connecting Tokyo and Narita, Japan. It is the main line of Keisei's railway network. Built as an interurban between Tokyo and Narita in early 20th century, the line has served as a main access route to Narita International Airport since 1978. It also serves major cities along the line such as Funabashi, Narashino, and Sakura.

In 2010, the Narita Sky Access opened as a bypass of the line, reducing the role of the main line in the airport access.

Service patterns[edit]

The airport access train connecting Keisei Ueno and Narita Airport Terminal 1 runs on the Main Line between Keisei Ueno and Keisei Takasago. Between Keisei Takasago and Narita Airport Terminal 1, it runs on the Narita Sky Access Line. Runs the entire length of the route in 44 minutes (36 minutes from Nippori to Narita Airport Terminal 2·3).
From Keisei Ueno to Keisei Narita. Trains call at Nippori, Aoto, Keisei Funabashi, and Keisei Narita.
Runs only in the morning from Narita Airport Terminal 1 and Keisei Narita to Keisei Ueno.
Runs only in the evening from Keisei Ueno to Keisei Narita and Narita Airport Terminal 1.
  •      A = Access Express (アクセス特急, Akusesu Tokkyū)
Non-charged. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport Terminal 1, via the Narita Sky Access Line between Keisei Takasago and Narita Airport Terminal 1.
  •      L = Limited Express (快速特急, Kaisoku Tokkyū)
Non-charged. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport Terminal 1. Runs during morning and evening times only. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Hokusō, Narita Airport Terminal 1 or Shibayama Chiyoda.
  •      L = Limited Express (特急, Tokkyū)
Non-charged. Runs only from the late morning to the early evening. Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Hokusō, Narita Airport Terminal 1 or Shibayama Chiyoda.
  •      C = Commuter Express (通勤特急, Tsūkin Tokkyū)
Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport Terminal 1 or Shibayama Chiyoda. Runs only in the morning and evenings.
  •      R = Rapid (快速, Kaisoku)
Runs from Keisei Ueno or Oshiage Line to Narita Airport Terminal 1 or Shibayama Chiyoda.
  •      Local (普通, Futsū)
Sometimes called interchangeably as Kakueki-Teisha (各駅停車).

No Express (急行, Kyūkō) trains run on the Keisei Main Line from the timetable revision on July 17, 2010. Until the revision, it ran only between Aoto and Takasago on through services to other Keisei lines.

Stations[edit]

Legend
  • ● : All trains stop
  • │ : All trains pass
  • ◇ : Some limited express trains stop when horse racing is held in Nakayama Racecourse.
Notes
  • Local trains stop at every station.
No. Name Japanese Distance
(km)
R C L A L M/E S Transfers Location
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01
Keisei Ueno 京成上野 0.0
Taitō Tokyo
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02
Nippori 日暮里 2.1
  • JY Yamanote Line (JY07, NPR)
  • JK Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK32, NPR)
  • JJ Jōban Line (Rapid) (JJ02, NPR)
  • Nippori-Toneri Liner
Arakawa
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03
Shim-Mikawashima 新三河島 3.4 | |
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04
Machiya 町屋 4.3 | |
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05
Senjuōhashi 千住大橋 5.9 | | Adachi
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06
Keisei Sekiya 京成関屋 7.3 | | TS Tobu Skytree Line (Ushida Station: TS08)
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07
Horikirishōbuen 堀切菖蒲園 8.8 | | Katsushika
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08
Ohanajaya お花茶屋 9.9 | |
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09
Aoto 青砥 11.5 | KS Keisei Oshiage Line
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10
Keisei Takasago 京成高砂 12.7 |
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11
Keisei Koiwa 京成小岩 14.5 Narita Sky Access Line Narita Sky Access Line Edogawa
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12
Edogawa 江戸川 15.7
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13
Kōnodai 国府台 16.4 Ichikawa Chiba Prefecture
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14
Ichikawamama 市川真間 17.3
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15
Sugano 菅野 18.2
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16
Keisei Yawata 京成八幡 19.1 S Toei Shinjuku Line (Motoyawata Station: S-21)
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17
Onigoe 鬼越 20.1
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18
Keisei Nakayama 京成中山 20.8 Funabashi
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19
Higashi-Nakayama 東中山 21.6
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20
Keisei Nishifuna 京成西船 22.2
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21
Kaijin 海神 23.6
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22
Keisei Funabashi 京成船橋 25.1
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23
Daijingūshita 大神宮下 26.4
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24
Funabashikeibajō 船橋競馬場 27.2
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25
Yatsu 谷津 28.2 Narashino
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26
Keisei Tsudanuma 京成津田沼 32.1
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27
Keisei Ōkubo 京成大久保 32.1
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28
Mimomi 実籾 34.0
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29
Yachiyodai 八千代台 36.6 Yachiyo
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30
Keisei Ōwada 京成大和田 38.7
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31
Katsutadai 勝田台 40.3 TR Tōyō Rapid Railway Line (Tōyō-Katsutadai Station: TR09)
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32
Shizu 志津 42.1 Sakura
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33
Yūkarigaoka ユーカリが丘 43.2 Yamaman Yūkarigaoka Line
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34
Keisei Usui 京成臼井 45.7
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35
Keisei Sakura 京成佐倉 51.0
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36
Ōsakura 大佐倉 53.0
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37
Keisei Shisui 京成酒々井 55.0 Shisui
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38
Sōgosandō 宗吾参道 57.0
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39
Kōzunomori 公津の杜 58.6 Narita
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40
Keisei Narita 京成成田 61.2
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41
Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 空港第2ビル 68.3 [Note 1] [Note 1]
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42
Narita Airport Terminal 1 成田空港 69.3 [Note 1] [Note 1]
  • KS Narita Sky Access Line
  • Narita Line
  1. ^ a b c d Actually stop at Narita Sky Access Line platform

History[edit]

All sections opened as electrified dual track unless noted otherwise. The initial section opened between Takasago and Edogawa as 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in) gauge in 1912, and the line was progressively extended in both directions, reaching Narita in 1930 and Ueno in 1933.

In 1959 the line was regauged to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in), and extended to Narita Airport (now Terminal 2) in 1978. The extension to Terminal 1 was opened as a single track in 1992.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Funabashi-Keibajō Station: A 1 km 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in) gauge line electrified at 600 V DC opened to the Yatsu amusement park in 1927, the voltage being raised to 1,200 V DC the following year. The line closed in 1934.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ Keisei station ridership in 2010 Train Media (sourced from Keisei) Retrieved May 28, 2012.