Sendai Subway Namboku Line

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Sendai Subway Namboku Line
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Type Rapid transit
Status In operation
Locale Sendai, Miyagi
Termini Tomizawa
Stations 17
Owner Sendai City Subway Logo.png Sendai City Transportation Bureau
Rolling stock Sendai Subway 1000 series
Line length 14.8 km (9.2 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead wire

The Sendai Subway Namboku Line (仙台市営地下鉄南北線, Sendai shiei chikatetsu nanbokusen) is a rapid transit line of Sendai Subway in Sendai, Japan. It connects Izumi-Chūō Station in Izumi-ku, Sendai, with Tomizawa Station in Taihaku-ku, Sendai. This 1,067 mm gauge line is 14.8 km long has 17 stations and runs on 1,500 volt overhead line. The name "Namboku" means north-south, which is the general direction that the track runs.

The Namboku Line was the world's first public train to use fuzzy logic to control its speed. This system (developed by Hitachi)[1] accounts for the relative smoothness of the starts and stops when compared to other trains, and is 10% more energy efficient than human-controlled acceleration.[2]


No. Station Japanese Distance (km) from Transfers Location
N17 Tomizawa 富沢 - 0.0 Taihaku-ku, Sendai
N16 Nagamachi-Minami 長町南 1.5 1.5
N15 Nagamachi 長町 0.9 2.4
N14 Nagamachi-Itchōme 長町一丁目 0.7 3.1
N13 Kawaramachi 河原町 0.8 3.9 Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai
N12 Atagobashi 愛宕橋 0.9 4.8
N11 Itsutsubashi 五橋 0.6 5.4 Aoba-ku, Sendai
N10 Sendai 仙台 0.9 6.3
N09 Hirose-dōri 広瀬通 0.6 6.9
N08 Kōtōdai-Kōen 勾当台公園 0.6 7.5
N07 Kita-Yobanchō 北四番丁 0.7 8.2
N06 Kita-Sendai 北仙台 1.2 9.4 Senzan Line
N05 Dainohara 台原 1.1 10.5
N04 Asahigaoka 旭ヶ丘 1.0 11.5
N03 Kuromatsu 黒松 0.8 12.3 Izumi-ku, Sendai
N02 Yaotome 八乙女 1.3 13.6
N01 Izumi-Chūō 泉中央 1.2 14.8


An entrance leading down to Dainohara Station
Tracks between Yaotome and Izumi-Chūō stations
  • 1981 - Construction started
  • July 15, 1987 - Line opened from Yaotome to Tomizawa.
  • July 15, 1992 - Line extended from Yaotome to Izumi-Chūō.
  • March 11, 2011 - Damaged in the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and subsequently shut down for repairs.
  • April 29, 2011 - Line reopens after repair works were finished.[3]

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  1. ^ Andrew Pollack (April 2, 1989). "Fuzzy Computer Theory: How to Mimic the Mind?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  2. ^ Philip Elmer-DeWitt (September 25, 1989). "Time For Some Fuzzy Thinking". Time. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  3. ^ Kyodo News, "Sendai subway to fully resume operation April 29, earlier than planned", 6 April 2011.

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