History Of The Keisei Electric Railway

Keisei Electric Railway started in 1897 when Narita Railway started operation to meet the demand for visitors to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. During the economic depression after the Russo-Japanese War, the company acquired Teishaku Jinkansha Railway (Shibamata to Kanamachi) and Narita Railway to establish Keisei Electric Railway.
003-22 The line was extended between Oshiage and Ichikawa on November 3, 1912, between Kyokugane (now Takasago) and Shibamata, between Edogawa and Ichikawashinden (now Ichikawamama) the following year, between Ichikawashinden and Nakayama in November 1915, between Nakayama and Funabashi the following year, between Funabashi and Chiba in July 1921, between Tsudanuma and Sakasai in December 1926, and between Tsudanuma and Shisui in December 1927. In December 1926, the line was extended from Tsudanuma to Shisui to Narita Hanasaki-cho.
In April 1930, Keisei Narita Station was established. In October of the same year, the company merged with Tsukuba High-Speed Electric Railway and opened a line between Aoto and Nippori the following year, followed by a line between Nippori and Ueno in December 1933.
After the war, the line was changed from a track line to a regional railway line in 1945, and in June 1957, the Ministry of Transport decided that the construction and operation of the subway network should be handled by the Eidan and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and that all electric railways should operate interchangeably with the subway system.
Keisei Electric Railway, together with Keihin Electric Express Railway, has come to interchange with Line 1 (Toei Asakusa Line) operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, but the biggest problem between Keisei and Keihin Electric Railway was the difference in the gauge of the railway. Click here for more information about railway gauge.
Keisei Electric Railway carried out the gauge change (from 1,372mm to 1,435mm) by dividing the whole line into 13 construction sections in 11 processes, and completed the work in 50 days from October 9 to December 1, 1959, while continuing the operation. The first interchange between the subway and the subway line was established on December 4, 1960.


Narita Sky Access

004-12 Narita Airport Line (Narita Sky Access) opened on July 17, 2010.
The new line connects Nippori to Airport Terminal 2 Station via Hokuso Line of Hokuso Railroad with Narita Airport at high speed (maximum operating speed 160Km/h) in 36 minutes. The new Skyliner (Type AE, 8-car train, MT ratio 6M2T) was designed by fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto.
The first train (Nippon Sharyo) was delivered in May 2009, the second train (Tokyu Sharyo) in December 2009, and the fourth and sixth trains (Tokyu Sharyo) in January 2010. 64 cars of eight 8-car trains were built in the two-year period from fiscal 2009 to 2010.
For more details, please click here.
Skyliner AE type

Shin Keisei Electric Railway

002-20 The Shin Keisei Line is a railway line operated by Shin Keisei Electric Railway Company that connects Matsudo Station in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture and Keisei Tsudanuma Station in Narashino City, Chiba Prefecture.
Many sections of the line were laid down by the former Japanese Army Railway Regiment for training exercises, and were sold to Keisei Electric Railway after the war.
The former site of the railway regiment training line had many unnatural sharp curves due to the need to lay various shapes of tracks for military exercises, and when the line was opened as a passenger line, the parts that could be straightened were straightened, but even now the line seems to be bad.
The straight line from Tsudanuma to Matsudo Station is about 16 km, while the line is 26.5 km long.
The approval was issued in March 1946 and Shin Keisei Electric Railway was established in October 1946 as a subsidiary of Keisei Electric Railway.
Shin Keisei Type 8900
The Shin Keisei Line started service between Shintsudanuma and Yakuendai stations on December 27, 1947.
In October 1953, the entire line underwent a major gauge change. The gauge was changed from 1,067mm to 1,372mm, and again in November 1959, the track was changed from 1,372mm to 1,435mm to match the Keisei Main Line.


Keisei Electric Railway lines ( total length: 102.4 km) *Excluding Shin Keisei

line interval Interval distance record
Keisei Main Line Keisei Ueno – Narita Airport 69.3km
Higashi-Narita Line Keisei Narita (Komaino Signal Station) – Higashi-Narita Station 7.1km 6.0km of it overlaps with the main line.
Oshiage Line Oshiage – Aoto 5.7km Interconnected with Toei Subway Asakusa Line and Keihin Kyuko Line.
Kanamachi Line Keisei Takasago – Keisei Kanamachi 2.5km
Chiba Line Keisei Tsudanuma – Chiba Chuo 12.9km The Shin Keisei Line is in service.
Chihara Line Chiba Chuo – Chiharadai 10.9km
Shin Keisei Line Matsudo – Keisei Tsudanuma 26.5km The line between Keisei Tsudanuma and Shin-Tsudanuma is a single-track section.

Keisei Electric Railway train collision [January 23, 2003].

At around 7:30 p.m. on January 23rd, at a level crossing of the Keisei Line in Minamomi, Narashino City, Chiba Prefecture, a six-car train (Type 3300) bound for Shibayama Chiyoda from Keisei Ueno collided with a wagon, derailing the lead car of the train. According to the Narashino police station, two men in the car were killed and 11 passengers on the train were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Keisei Electric Railway said, “The accident occurred at the level crossing with an alarm barrier when a wagon car overtook another car stopped in front of the crossing, broke the barrier and entered the crossing.
At the time of the accident, there were about 600 passengers on the train during the night rush hour, and the train climbed onto the car, dragging it for about 200 meters before coming to a stop. The train, including the up train, was suspended between “Keisei Takasago and Keisei Sakura” station, and the timetable was greatly disrupted.