Tobu Skytree Line

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Tobu Skytree Line
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Tobu 21805 Isesaki Line 20080427.jpg
A Tobu 20000 series EMU on the Tobu Skytree Line in 2008
Overview
Native name 東武スカイツリーライン
Type Commuter rail
System Tobu Railway
Locale Kantō (Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture)
Termini Asakusa
Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen
Stations 30
Operation
Opened March 17, 2012
Owner Tobu Railway
Depot(s) Kasukabe
Technical
Line length 41.0 km (25.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 110 km/h (70 mph)

The Tobu Skytree Line (東武スカイツリーライン, Tōbu Sukaitsurii-rain) is a Japanese railway line operated by the private railway company Tobu Railway, extending from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen Station in Saitama Prefecture. Some trains from the line continue to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line. This section was rebranded the Tobu Skytree Line on 17 March 2012 in conjunction with the opening of the Tokyo Skytree tower.

Description[edit]

Track
quadruple: Tokyo SkytreeHikifune 1.3 km, Kita-SenjuKita-Koshigaya 18.9 km[1]
double: the rest

Note that Oshiage Station is officially an extension or part of Tokyo Skytree. The double tracks between Oshiage and Hikifune are thus the third and fourth tracks of the Tokyo Skytree − Hikifune section.

Operation[edit]

All-stations "Local" services operate from Asakusa to Kita-Senju, and Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, and onward to Minami-Kurihashi on the Tōbu Nikkō Line.[2] Some peak-hour Local services from Asakusa terminate at Takenotsuka, Kita-Koshigaya, or Kita-Kasukabe.[2]

Through trains[edit]

The Skytree Line has trains that inter-run with two Tokyo Metro subway lines. One is the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line connected at Kitasenju, with all-stations "Local" trains only. The other is the Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line at Oshiage, with rapid trains of Tobu. Beyond Shibuya, the terminus of the Hanzomon Line, nearly all trains continue to and from to the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, down to the terminus Chūō-Rinkan.

To the north, trains run via the Yagan Railway to the Aizu Railway's Aizutajima Station.

Service patterns[edit]

Stops and operated sections are as of 2013.

Local (普通, Futsū) (announced as Kakueki Teisha (各駅停車) or kakutei (各停) for short) (L)
  • Asakusa − Kita-Senju (from morning to night) - Takenotsuka - Kita-Koshigaya - Kita-Kasukabe - Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen - Minami-Kurihashi to complement Section Semi-Express and Section Express every morning, evening and nighttime only. 6 cars.
  • Naka-Meguro of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line − Kita-Senju − Takenotsuka - Kita-Koshigaya - Kita-Kasukabe - Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen - Minami-Kurihashi. 8 cars.
Section Semi-Express (区間準急, Kukan Junkyū) (SSE)
Between Asakusa and Kita-Koshigaya, Kita-Kasukabe, Tōbu-Dōbutsu Kōen, Ota (Isesaki Line) or Minami-Kurihashi (Nikkō Line). 6 cars.
Semi-Express (準急, Junkyū) (SmE)
Early morning and late night. Down to Kita-Koshigaya, Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki or to Minami-Kurihashi on the Nikkō Line through from Chūō-Rinkan on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line via the Hanzomon Line. 10 cars.
Section Express (区間急行, Kukan Kyūkō) (SE)
Between Asakusa and Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki, Tatebayashi, Ōta or Shin-Tochigi and Minami-Kurihashi on the Nikkō Line. 6 cars.
Express (急行, Kyūkō) (Ex)
From morning to night. Down to Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki (nearly half to Minami-Kurihashi on the Nikkō Line), through from Chūō-Rinkan on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line via Hanzōmon Line. 10 cars.
Limited Express (特急, Tokkyū) (LE)
Stops not shown. Charged for seat reservation and rapid service. Mainly through to the Nikkō Line for the Nikko area named Kegon (けごん), Kirifuri (きりふり), Shimotsuke (しもつけ) and Kinu (きぬ). Some through to Isesaki from Asakusa, sole direct service named Ryōmō (りょうもう).

Stations[edit]

Video from a Tobu 10000 series train near Sengendai Station, October 2012
No. Station Japanese Distance (km) L SSE SmE SE E Transfers Location
TS01 Asakusa 浅草 0.0 S S *1 S *2 S *2 Taitō Tokyo
TS02 Tokyo Skytree とうきょうスカイツリー 1.1 S S S S   Sumida
TS03 (Oshiage) 押上 -       S   S
TS04 Hikifune 曳舟 2.4 S S S S S S Tobu Skytree Line (TS) symbol.svg Tobu Kameido Line
TS05 Higashi-Mukōjima 東向島 3.2 S S S   S    
TS06 Kanegafuchi 鐘ヶ淵 4.2 S S S   S    
TS07 Horikiri 堀切 5.3 S S S   S     Adachi
TS08 Ushida 牛田 6.0 S S S   S   KS Keisei Main Line
TS09 Kita-Senju 北千住 7.1 S S S S S S S
TS10 Kosuge 小菅 8.2 S   S          
TS11 Gotanno 五反野 9.3 S S          
TS12 Umejima 梅島 10.5 S S          
TS13 Nishiarai 西新井 11.3 S S S S S S Tobu Skytree Line (TS) symbol.svg Tobu Daishi Line
TS14 Takenotsuka 竹ノ塚 13.4 S S          
TS15 Yatsuka 谷塚 15.9 S S           Sōka Saitama
TS16 Sōka 草加 17.5 S S S S S S  
TS17 Dokkyodaigakumae 獨協大学前 19.2 S S          
TS18 Shinden 新田 20.5 S S          
TS19 Gamō 蒲生 21.9 S S           Koshigaya
TS20 Shin-Koshigaya 新越谷 22.9 S S S S S S JM Musashino Line
TS21 Koshigaya 越谷 24.4 S S S S S S  
TS22 Kita-Koshigaya 北越谷 26.0 S S S S      
TS23 Ōbukuro 大袋 28.5 S S S S      
TS24 Sengendai せんげん台 29.8 S S S S S S  
TS25 Takesato 武里 31.1 S S S S       Kasukabe
TS26 Ichinowari 一ノ割 33.0 S S S S      
TS27 Kasukabe 春日部 35.3 S S S S S S Tobu Noda Line (TD) symbol.svg Tobu Urban Park Line (TD-10)
TS28 Kita-Kasukabe 北春日部 36.8 S S S S      
TS29 Himemiya 姫宮 38.4 S S S S       Miyashiro
TS30 Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen 東武動物公園 41.0 S
*3/*5
S
*3/*6
S
*3/*4
S
*3/*4/*7
S
*3/*4
S
*3/*4/*7
Notes
  1. ^ The station for the Tsukuba Express is located 600 m to the west of this station. Due to the distance between these two stations, transfers for the Tsukuba Express are announced at Kita-Senju.

Rolling stock[edit]

History[edit]

The former Skytree Train and Kirifuri limited express, Rapid, and Section Rapid services were discontinued from the start of the revised timetable on 21 April 2017.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 222. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ a b Tobu Timetable, 16 March 2013 p.2-65
  3. ^ 2006東武鉄道通勤車両カタログ [2006 Tobu Railway Commuter Rolling Stock Catalogue]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 35 no. 263. Japan: Kotsu Shimbun. March 2006. pp. 21–26. 
  4. ^ 東京メトロ13000系が本格的な営業運転を開始 [Tokyo Metro 13000 series enters full revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 27 March 2017. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  5. ^ 東武70000系が営業運転を開始 [Tobu 70000 series enters revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 8 July 2017. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Ueshin, Daisuke (20 April 2017). 東武スカイツリーライン快速・区間快速ラストラン、300型が最後の定期運行 [Final run for Tobu Skytree Line Rapid and Section Rapid and last regular runs for 300 series]. Mynavi News (in Japanese). Japan: Mynavi Corporation. Archived from the original on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 東武スカイツリーライン(伊勢崎線): 街と駅の今昔物語 [Tobu Skytree Line (Isesaki Line): Past and present stories of the towns and stations] (in Japanese). Japan: Sairyusha. 25 August 2015. ISBN 978-4779123665. 

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