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Tobu Skytree Line

Tobu Skytree Line
A Tobu 20000 series EMU on the Tobu Skytree Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System Tobu Railway
Locale Kantō
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. Formally the southern part of the 114.5 km long Tobu Isesaki Line, it was rebranded the Tobu Skytree Line on 17 March 2012 in conjunction with the opening of the Tokyo Skytree tower.

Description

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

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

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, it has trains through the Yagan Railway to the Aizu Railway's Aizutajima Station.

Service patterns

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, Kuki or Minami-Kurihashi on 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 Hanzōmon 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.
Rapid (快速 Kaisoku), Section Rapid (区間快速 Kukan Kaisoku) (R)
Non-charged rapid train through to Nikkō Line, Kinugawa Line of Tobu and Yagan Railway, terminates at Aizu Tajima on the Aizu Railway.
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

Video from a Tobu 10000 series train near Sengendai Station, October 2012
No. Station Japanese Distance (km) L SSE SmE SE E R, SR Transfers Location
TS-01 Asakusa 浅草 0.0 S S *1 S *2 S *2 S Taitō Tokyo
TS-02 Tokyo Skytree とうきょうスカイツリー 1.1 S S S S S   Sumida
TS-03 (Oshiage) 押上 -       S   S  
TS-04 Hikifune 曳舟 2.4 S S S S S S   Tobu Kameido Line
TS-05 Higashi-Mukōjima 東向島 3.2 S S S   S      
TS-06 Kanegafuchi 鐘ヶ淵 4.2 S S S   S      
TS-07 Horikiri 堀切 5.3 S S S   S       Adachi
TS-08 Ushida 牛田 6.0 S S S   S     Keisei Main Line
TS-09 Kita-Senju 北千住 7.1 S S S S S S S S
TS-10 Kosuge 小菅 8.2 S   S            
TS-11 Gotanno 五反野 9.3 S S            
TS-12 Umejima 梅島 10.5 S S            
TS-13 Nishiarai 西新井 11.3 S S S S S S   Tobu Daishi Line
TS-14 Takenotsuka 竹ノ塚 13.4 S S            
TS-15 Yatsuka 谷塚 15.9 S S             Sōka Saitama
TS-16 Sōka 草加 17.5 S S S S S S    
TS-17 Matsubaradanchi 松原団地 19.2 S S            
TS-18 Shinden 新田 20.5 S S            
TS-19 Gamō 蒲生 21.9 S S             Koshigaya
TS-20 Shin-Koshigaya 新越谷 22.9 S S S S S S   Musashino Line
TS-21 Koshigaya 越谷 24.4 S S S S S S    
TS-22 Kita-Koshigaya 北越谷 26.0 S S S S        
TS-23 Ōbukuro 大袋 28.5 S S S S        
TS-24 Sengendai せんげん台 29.8 S S S S S S    
TS-25 Takesato 武里 31.1 S S S S         Kasukabe
TS-26 Ichinowari 一ノ割 33.0 S S S S        
TS-27 Kasukabe 春日部 35.3 S S S S S S S Tobu Urban Park Line (TD-10)
TS-28 Kita-Kasukabe 北春日部 36.8 S S S S        
TS-29 Himemiya 姫宮 38.4 S S S S         Miyashiro
TS-30 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
S
*3

AThe 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

New 7-car Tobu 70000 series and Tokyo Metro 13000 series EMUs are scheduled to be phased in on Tobu Skytree Line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line through services between fiscal 2016 and 2019, replacing the Tobu 20000 series and Tokyo Metro 03 series fleets. The new trains will have 20 m long cars with four pairs of doors per side.[3]

History

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Tobu Timetable, 16 March 2013 p.2-65
  3. ^

External links

  • Tobu Railway Skytree Line information page (Japanese)
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