|Traded as||TYO: 9001|
|Headquarters||2-18-12 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Gunma, Tochigi|
|Total assets||¥1.3 trillion|
|Owner||Yoshizumi Nezu (from 1999)|
Number of employees
|4,659 (As of March 2010[update])|
Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. (東武鉄道株式会社 Tōbu Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese commuter railway company in the Greater Tokyo Area as well as an intercity and regional operator in the Kantō region. Excluding the Japan Railways Group companies, Tobu's 463.3 km rail system is the second longest in Japan after Kintetsu. It serves large portions of Saitama Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture, as well as northern Tokyo and western Chiba Prefecture.
The Tobu corporate group is also engaged in road transportation (bus/taxi), real estate, and retail. It is the largest investor in the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan. The company is a member of the Mizuho keiretsu.
Tobu is one of the oldest railway companies in Japan. It was established in November 1897 and began operation between Kita-Senju and Kuki in August 1899. The Tojo Railway was founded in 1911 as a separate company, but shared its president and head office with Tobu.
Tobu was the first railway in the Kanto region to adopt quadruple tracks, on the Kita-Senju to Takenotsuka sector in 1974. The Tobu Dobutsu Koen (Tobu Animal Park) opened in 1981.
Tobu has two isolated networks which are connected by the Chichibu Railway for ferrying of its rolling stock.
The Tobu Main Line network has a tree topology starting at Asakusa Station in Tokyo, with the Isesaki line as the trunk, and the Tobu Kameido Line, Daishi Line, Tobu Urban Park Line, Tobu Sano Line, Koizumi Line, Tōbu Kiryū Line, and Nikkō Line forming the branches, with further branches into the Tobu Utsunomiya Line and Tobu Kinugawa Lines. It offers surcharged, seat-reserved limited express services from Tokyo to Nikkō and Kinugawa.
Tobu's terminals in Tokyo are at Asakusa Station (Main Line express services), Oshiage Station (most other Main Line services) and Ikebukuro Station (Tojo Line). The Skytree and Isesaki Lines interoperate with the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to serve central Tokyo, while the Tojo Line interoperates with the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minatomirai Line to serve central and southwest Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.
|Skytree Line||Asakusa – Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen||41.0|
|Kameido Line||Hikifune – Kameido||3.4|
|Daishi Line||Nishiarai – Daishimae||1.0|
|Isesaki Line||Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen – Isesaki||75.1|
|Sano Line||Tatebayashi – Kuzū||22.1|
|Koizumi Line||Tatebayashi – Nishi-Koizumi, Ōta – Higashi-Koizumi||12.0|
|Kiryū Line||Ōta – Akagi||20.3|
|Nikkō Line||Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen – Tōbu Nikkō||94.5|
|Utsunomiya Line||Shin-Tochigi – Tōbu Utsunomiya||24.3|
|Kinugawa Line||Shimo-Imaichi – Shin-Fujiwara||16.2|
|Urban Park Line (Formerly Noda Line)||Ōmiya – Kasukabe – Funabashi||62.7|
Tobu Tojo Lines
|Tojo Line||Ikebukuro – Yorii||75.0|
|Ogose Line||Sakado – Ogose||10.9|
As of 1 April 2016[update], Tobu Railway operates a fleet of 1,890 electric multiple unit (EMU) vehicles, the third largest fleet for a private railway operator in Japan after Tokyo Metro (2,728 vehicles) and Kintetsu (1,905).
- 1800 series EMU (introduced 1969)
- 6050 series EMU (introduced 1985)
- 300/350 series EMU (introduced 1991)
- 200/250 series EMU Ryōmō (introduced 1991)
- 100 series EMU Spacia (introduced 1990)
- 634 series EMU Skytree Train (introduced 2012)
- 500 series 3-car EMUs (scheduled to be introduced from spring 2017)
- 8000 series EMU (introduced 1963)
- 800/850 series EMU
- 9000 series EMU (introduced 1981)
- 10000 series EMU (introduced 1983)
- 20000 series EMU (introduced 1988)
- 30000 series EMU (introduced 1996)
- 50000 series EMU (introduced 2005)
- 60000 series EMU (introduced June 2013)
- 70000 series EMU (from fiscal 2016)
Tobu plans to operate steam-hauled tourist services on the Kinugawa Line from summer 2017 using JNR Class C11 steam locomotive C11 207 loaned from JR Hokkaido together with JNR Class DE10 diesel locomotive DE10 1099 purchased from JR East, a fleet of six 12 and 14 series coaches purchased from JR Shikoku, and two Yo 8000 brake vans purchased from JR Freight and JR East.
- "明治28年～45年". Tobu Railway. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
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- 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 213-214. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
- Kusamachi, Yoshimasa (22 April 2015). 東武鉄道、新型特急「500系」2017年春導入へ…分割・併合運転に対応 [Tobu Railway to introduce new 500 series limited express trains in spring 2017 - To allow coupling/splitting en route]. Response (in Japanese). Japan: IID Inc. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- 大手民鉄 2016年度の車両の新造・更新予定 [Major private railway fiscal 2016 rolling stock construction and refurbishment plans]. Tetsudo Daiya Joho Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 45 no. 389. Japan: Kotsu Shimbun. September 2016. p. 70.
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