Shōnan Liner

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Shōnan Liner
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Overview
Service typeLiner
First service1992
Current operator(s)JR East
Route
Line(s) usedTokaido Main Line
Technical
Rolling stock185 series, 215 series, 251 series EMUs

The Shōnan Liner (湘南ライナー, Shōnan Rainā) is a "Home Liner" service for commuters on the Tōkaidō Main Line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). This article also covers the Ohayō Liner Shinjuku (おはようライナー新宿, Ohayō-rainā Shinjuku) morning and Home Liner Odawara (ホームライナー小田原, Hōmurainā Odawara) evening services. All of these trains operate on weekdays only.

Service pattern[edit]

The trains connect the Shōnan region of Kanagawa Prefecture with central Tokyo.

Shōnan Liner[edit]

There are seven inbound (morning) and nine outbound (evening) Shōnan Liner services each weekday, taking 71 to 91 minutes between Tokyo and Odawara.

Route[edit]

The Shōnan Liner operates between Tokyo and Odawara, mainly on the Tōkaidō Line. Some trains run also on the Tōkaidō Freight Line and the Yokosuka Line, including Shōnan Liner No. 1 (outbound) and Shōnan Liner No. 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 (inbound), and among them, Shōnan Liner No. 4, 10 terminate at Shinagawa, and Shōnan Liner No. 6, 8 terminate at the Sōbu Line underground platforms at Tokyo.

Stations served[edit]

Legends:

△ = Stops, boarding only
▽ = Stops, alighting only
● = Stops, boarding and alighting
↑ / ↓ = Passage
= via Tōkaidō Main Line
= via Tōkaidō Freight Line
= via Yokosuka Line
Station Train number
Outbound Inbound
1 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 7 2, 14 4 6 8 10 12
Tokyo
Shimbashi
Shinagawa
Ōfuna
Fujisawa
Tsujidō
Chigasaki
Hiratsuka
Ninomiya
Kōzu
Odawara

Generally, the stations served for different services all follow the same rules:

  1. They all stop at Tokyo, Shinagawa, Fujisawa, Chigasaki and Odawara.
  2. Only inbound services via the Yokosuka Line stop at Shimbashi.
  3. Only services running solely on the Tōkaidō Main Line stop at Ōfuna and Tsujidō.
  4. Only services running on the Tōkaidō Main Line (not Freight Line) west of Chigasaki stop at Hiratsuka, Ninomiya and Kōzu.

Ohayō Liner Shinjuku and Home Liner Odawara[edit]

The Ohayō Liner Shinjuku operates from Odawara Station to Shinjuku Station in the morning, and the Home Liner Odawara operates in the opposite direction in the evening. There are three inbound and two outbound services each weekday, taking 80 to 88 minutes between Shinjuku and Odawara. The Shinjuku-Odawara service competes with the Romancecar limited express services on the Odakyū Odawara Line, which take a similar amount of travel time. These services were once referred to collectively as the Shōnan-Shinjuku Liner, until late 2002.

Route[edit]

The Ohayō Liner Shinjuku and Home Liner Odawara operates between Shinjuku and Odawara, on the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, the Tōkaidō Freight Line and the Tōkaidō Main Line.

Stations served[edit]

Legends:

△ = Stops, boarding only
▽ = Stops, alighting only
● = Stops, boarding and alighting
↑ / ↓ = Passage
= via Tōkaidō Main Line
= via Tōkaidō Freight Line
= via Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Station Train number
Ohayō Liner Shinjuku Home Liner Odawara
22, 26 24 21, 23
Shinjuku
Shibuya
Fujisawa
Chigasaki
Hiratsuka
Ninomiya
Kōzu
Odawara

Generally, the stations served for different services all follow the same rules:

  1. They all stop at Shinjuku, Shibuya, Fujisawa, Chigasaki and Odawara.
  2. Only services running on the Tōkaidō Main Line (not Freight Line) west of Chigasaki stop at Hiratsuka, Ninomiya and Kōzu.

Ticketing[edit]

To board a Shōnan Liner, Ohayō Liner Shinjuku and Home Liner Odawara train, a Liner Ticket (ライナー券) is required, which costs 510 yen. Liner Tickets can be bought at ticket machines in stations or on platforms, by using cash or IC Cards such as Suica.

To board the Green Cars (グリーン車) on these trains, an additional Green Car Ticket (グリーン券) is required.

Rolling stock[edit]

Current[edit]

Past[edit]

  • 183 series 9-car EMUs (until June 2002)
  • 189 series 9-car EMUs (until June 2002)
  • E351 series 12-car EMUs (from March 18, 1996 until March 14, 2008)
  • E257 series 9-car EMUs (from July 1, 2002 until March 14, 2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]