Chūō-Sōbu Line


Chūō-Sōbu Line
     Chūō-Sōbu Line
中央・総武緩行線

E231-900 series EMU near Nishi-Ogikubo Station
Overview
Type  Heavy rail
Locale Tokyo, Chiba prefectures
Termini Mitaka
Chiba
Stations 39
Operation
Opened 1932
Operator(s) JR East
Technical
Line length 60.2 km (37.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary

The Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線 Chūō-Sōbu-kankō-sen?) is a railway line located in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network, it runs on separate tracks along the right-of-way of the Chūō Main Line (Chūō Line (Rapid)) and Sōbu Main Line (Sōbu Line (Rapid)), providing service between Mitaka Station in the cities of Mitaka and Musashino and Chiba Station in Chiba.

The term Kankō (緩行 lit. "slow run"?) distinguishes local trains on the Chūō-Sōbu line from rapid service trains running on the Chūō Main Line between Mitaka and Ochanomizu and on the Sōbu Main Line between Kinshichō and Chiba.

Contents

History

Women-only cars, designed to prevent chikan, were introduced on this line during morning peak periods starting on November 20, 2006.

Station list

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Legend
  • ●: All trains stop
  • ■: Some trains pass
  • ▲: All trains pass on weekends and holidays
  • |: All trains pass
Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total Chūō Line Sōbu Line
Chiba 千葉 - From
Chiba

0.0
From
Tokyo

39.2
  Uchibō Line, Sotobō Line, Narita Line, Sōbu Main Line
Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Chiba)
Chiba Urban Monorail Lines 1 and 2
Chūō-ku, Chiba Chiba
Nishi-Chiba 西千葉 1.4 1.4 37.8    
Inage 稲毛 1.9 3.3 35.9     Inage-ku, Chiba
Shin-Kemigawa 新検見川 2.7 6.0 33.2     Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba
Makuhari 幕張 1.6 7.6 31.6   Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Makuhari)
Makuhari-Hongō 幕張本郷 2.0 9.6 29.6   Keisei Chiba Line
Tsudanuma 津田沼 2.9 12.5 26.7   Shin-Keisei Line (Shin-Tsudanuma) Narashino
Higashi-Funabashi 東船橋 1.7 14.2 25.0     Funabashi
Funabashi 船橋 1.8 16.0 23.2   Tōbu Noda Line
Keisei Main Line (Keisei Funabashi)
Nishi-Funabashi 西船橋 2.6 18.6 20.6   Musashino Line, Keiyō Line
Tōyō Rapid Railway Line
Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-23) (some trains through to Tsudanuma)
Keisei Main Line (Keisei Funabashi)
Shimōsa-Nakayama 下総中山 1.6 20.2 19.0    
Motoyawata 本八幡 1.6 21.8 17.4   Keisei Main Line (Keisei Yawata)
Toei Shinjuku Line (S-21)
Ichikawa
Ichikawa 市川 2.0 23.8 15.4   Keisei Main Line (Ichikawa-Mama)
Koiwa 小岩 2.6 26.4 12.8     Edogawa Tokyo
Shin-Koiwa 新小岩 2.8 29.2 10.0     Katsushika
Hirai 平井 1.8 31.0 8.2     Edogawa
Kameido 亀戸 1.9 32.9 6.3   Tōbu Kameido Line Kōtō
Kinshichō 錦糸町 1.5 34.4 4.8   Sōbu Line (Rapid)
Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Z-13)
Sumida
From
Kinshichō

0.0
Ryōgoku 両国 1.5 35.9 1.5     Toei Ōedo Line (E-12)
Asakusabashi 浅草橋 0.8 36.7 2.3     Toei Asakusa Line (A-16) Taitō
Akihabara 秋葉原 1.1 37.8 3.4     Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-15)
Tsukuba Express (01)
Chiyoda
Ochanomizu 御茶ノ水 0.9 38.7 4.3   Chūō Line (Rapid) (for Tokyo)
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-20), Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (Shin-Ochanomizu: C-12)
From
Tokyo

2.6
Suidōbashi 水道橋 0.8 39.5 3.4   Toei Mita Line (I-11)
Iidabashi 飯田橋 0.9 40.4 4.3   Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-06), Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-13), Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-10)
Toei Ōedo Line (E-06)
Ichigaya 市ケ谷 1.5 41.9 5.8   Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-14), Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-09)
Toei Shinjuku Line (S-04)
Yotsuya 四ツ谷 0.8 42.7 6.6   Chūō Line (Rapid)
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-12), Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-08)
Shinjuku
Shinanomachi 信濃町 1.3 44.0 7.9    
Sendagaya 千駄ケ谷 0.7 44.7 8.6   Toei Ōedo Line (Kokuritsu-Kyōgijō: E-25) Shibuya
Yoyogi 代々木 1.0 45.7 9.6   Yamanote Line
Toei Ōedo Line (E-26)
Shinjuku 新宿 0.7 46.4 10.3   Yamanote Line, Chūō Line (Rapid), Saikyō Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Odakyū Odawara Line
Keiō Line, Keiō New Line
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-08)
Toei Shinjuku Line (S-01), Toei Ōedo Line (E-01, E-27)
Seibu Shinjuku Line (Seibu-Shinjuku)
Shinjuku
Ōkubo 大久保 1.4 47.8 11.7    
Higashi-Nakano 東中野 1.1 48.9 12.8   Toei Ōedo Line (E-31) Nakano
Nakano 中野 1.9 50.8 14.7   Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-01) (some trains through on Tōzai Line)
Kōenji 高円寺 1.4 52.2 16.1     Suginami
Asagaya 阿佐ケ谷 1.2 53.4 17.3    
Ogikubo 荻窪 1.4 54.8 18.7   Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-01)
Nishi-Ogikubo 西荻窪 1.9 56.7 20.6    
Kichijōji 吉祥寺 1.9 58.6 22.5   Keiō Inokashira Line Musashino
Mitaka 三鷹 1.6 60.2 24.1   Chūō Line (Rapid) (early morning / late night trains through to Tachikawa) Mitaka

Rolling stock

201 series train (left) at Chiba Station, December 1998

Trains used on the Chūō-Sōbu Line are based at Mitaka Depot.

Rolling stock currently used

Rolling stock used in the past

  • 101 series EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1963 until November 1988)[1]
  • 103 series 10-car EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1979 until March 2001)[1]
  • 201 series 10-car EMUs (yellow livery) (from 1982 until November 2001)[1]
  • 205 series 10-car EMUs (yellow stripe) (from August 1989 until November 2001)[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "JR首都圏通勤電車図鑑". Japan Railfan Magazine 48 (570): 27. October 2008. 

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