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Yokohama Line ( is a Japanese railway line of the 横浜線 Yokohama-sen) East Japan Railway Company (JR East) connecting Higashi-Kanagawa Station in Yokohama, Kanagawa and Hachiōji Station in Hachiōji, Tokyo. The line forms part of what JR East refers to as the "Tokyo Mega Loop" ( around Tokyo, consisting of the 東京メガループ) Keiyo Line, Musashino Line, Nambu Line, and Yokohama Line. The line's name comes from the section between Nagatsuta and Higashi-Kanagawa that runs through the city of Yokohama. Nicknamed the [1 ] Hama-sen ( by locals, 浜線) the line serves commuters in the southwestern suburbs of Tokyo and northeastern suburbs of Yokohama. [2 ]
Operation [ edit ]
Despite the line's name, only approximately one third of trains run as far as
Yokohama Station. Rapid ( trains operate every 30 minutes during the daytime. 快速 Kaisoku)
Stations [ edit ]
Local trains stop at all stations.
Information on the limited express
service can be found on its page. Hama Kaiji Rapid trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "｜".
Rolling stock [ edit ]
Yokohama Line services are operated using a fleet of 28 8-car
E233-6000 series electric multiple unit (EMU) trains, introduced from 16 February 2014. Through trains to and from the [3 ] Sagami Line are served by 4-car 205-500 series EMUs. [4 ]
Sagami Line 205-500 series EMU, April 2011
Yokohama Line E233-6000 series EMU, January 2014
103 series (from 2 October 1972 until 26 February 1989)
205 series 8-car EMUs (1988 to August 2014)
205 series EMU trains were introduced in 1988. In these sets, the second car from the Higashi-Kanagawa end had six pairs of doors on each side to allow rapid boarding and disembarking during peak periods. The last 205 series set on the Yokohama Line ran on 23 August 2014. [5 ] [6 ]
103 series EMU at Fuchinobe Station, circa 1988
A Yokohama Line 205 series EMU, April 2011
History [ edit ]
A Yokohama Line 103 series at Higashi-Kanagawa Station marking the first anniversary of JR East, April 1988
The line was opened by the
private Yokohama Railway ( on 23 September 1908 and leased to the government in 1910. 横浜鉄道 Yokohama Tetsudō) The line was [7 ] nationalized on 1 October 1917. [7 ]
The Higashi-Kanagawa to Haramachida (now Machida) section was electrified on 1 October 1932, with the Haramachida to Hachiōji section electrified on 14 April 1941.
The Higashi-Kanagawa to Kozukue section was double-tracked by 1968, extended to Aihara by 1980, and completed to Hachiōji on 6 March 1988.
References [ edit ]
^ Saka, Masayuki (August 2014). 東京メガループ 車両・路線の沿革と現況 [Tokyo Megaloop: History and current situation of trains and line]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 43 (364): p.28-39.
^ Aizawa, Masao (1996). Hamasen chimei arekore yokohama-hen. 230 Club Shinbunsha. ISBN 978-4-931353-24-4.
^ "E233系6000番台が営業運転を開始" [E233-6000 series enter revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 17 February 2014 . Retrieved . 17 February 2014
^ "横浜線開業１００周年～その１： バトンタッチしてきた車両たち". Japan Railfan Magazine 49 (574): 94–97. February 2009.
^ "JR東日本 横浜線にE233系6000番代を投入" [JR East to introduce E233-6000 series on Yokohama Line]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun) 42 (356): p.60. December 2013.
^ . 横浜線用の205系が営業運転を終了 [End of 205 series revenue operations on Yokohama Line] Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 24 August 2014 . Retrieved . 25 August 2014
^ a b c d "横浜線開業１００周年～その２： 開業から現在までの他線との接続の歴史". Japan Railfan Magazine 49 (574): 98–99. February 2009.
External links [ edit ]