A 209 series EMU on the Narita Line service in May 2017
|Opened||19 January 1897|
|Owner||JR East, JR Freight|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead|
The main line connects Sakura Station and Matsugishi Station (as an alternate route to the Sōbu Main Line), and is sometimes referred to as the Samatsu Line (佐松線 Samatsu-sen). A branch line from Abiko Station to Narita Station is often called the Abiko Line (我孫子線 Abiko-sen), and a second branch, known as the Airport Line (空港線 Kūkō-sen) connects Narita to Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station. The first two lines are owned and operated by JR East; the Airport Line is owned by a separate company, Narita Airport Rapid Railway, which allows JR East and Keisei Railway to use the line for passenger services.
- ● : All trains stop
- | : All trains pass
|Line name||No.||Station||Japanese||Distance (km)||Stops||Transfers||Location|
|Sōbu Main Line||Chiba||千葉||From
|Tsuga||都賀||4.2||●||●||Chiba Urban Monorail Line 2||Wakaba-ku, Chiba|
|Sakura||佐倉||16.1||●||●||■ Sōbu Main Line (for Narutō)||Sakura|
|Sawara||佐原||40.0||■ Kashima Line|
|Katori||香取||43.6||■ Kashima Line|
|Matsugishi||松岸||75.4||■ Sōbu Main Line|
|Sōbu Main Line||From|
|Chōshi||銚子||120.5||Chōshi Electric Railway Line|
Abiko branch line
Airport branch line
|Narita Airport Terminal 2·3||空港第２ビル||9.8||●||●|
|Narita Airport Terminal 1||成田空港||10.8||●||●|
Main line and Airport branch line
Narita Express trains travel on the Narita Line but stop only at Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 and Narita Airport Terminal 1 stations, except during morning and evening rush hours when some trains stop at Narita Station.
Rapid commuter trains run between Tokyo and Narita Airport Terminal 1, stopping at all stations between Tsuga and Narita Airport Terminal 1.
Abiko branch line
- 209-2000/2100 series EMUs (local services)
- 211-3000 series EMUs (local services since 21 October 2006)
- E231 series EMUs (Abiko branch line services)
- E217 series EMUs (rapid services)
- E257-500 series (Ayame limited express services)
- E259 series (Narita Express limited express services)
- 103 series EMUs (Abiko branch line services until March 2006)
- 113 series EMUs (until September 2011)
- 183 series EMUs (Ayame limited express services)
- 253 series EMUs (Narita Express limited express services until June 2010)
The Sakura - Narita - Namegawa section of the line was opened on 19 January 1897, by Sobu Railway, extended to Sawara the following year. The Narita to Abiko branch opened in 1901. The company was nationalised in 1920, and the Sawara to Matsugishi section opened between 1931 and 1933.
The Sakura to Narita section was electrified (at 1,500 V DC overhead) in 1968. The Abiko branch was electrified from 1 October 1973. The Narita to Matsugishi section was electrified in 1974, and freight services ceased between 1984 and 1986.
The Sakura to Narita section was double-tracked in 1986, and the Airport branch opened in 1991 as an electrified, CTC-signalled line.
In the early hours of 10 March 2011, a freight train carrying ethylene oxide derailed and overturned on the Narita Line near Namegawa Station.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
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- Narita Line station numbering (in Japanese)