JR Tokyo Keiyo Line and Musashino Line Trains

Keiyo Line and Musashino Line

Series E233-5000

022s 024s-7 140s 141s
139s 142s 130s-8 154s
Series E233-5000 (Keiyo Line, 10-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
Series E233-5000 started commercial operation on July 1, 2010 on the Keiyo Line.
The main controller is a 1C4M2 group VVVF inverter control system using IGBT elements, and the main electric motor is an MT75 cage type 3-phase AC induction motor ( 140kW). 24 trains of 240 cars were deployed to the Keiyo Rolling Stock Center on July 19, 2011.
The official announcement of the introduction of the E331 Series for the Keiyo Line is here ( PDF).
Click here ( PDF) for the Niitsu Rolling Stock Works’ manufacturing progress chart.
Series 201 of Keiyo Line is here (Retired Cars).
The Keiyo Line Series 205 that has been withdrawn from service and scrapped is here (Retired Cars).
Series E331 test train, which has been withdrawn from service and scrapped, is here ( retired train).
Photos (1) and (2) show the newly-built cars to be transported to replace the 201 and 205 Series on the Keiyo Line.
Photo (3) shows the head mark of “20th anniversary of the Keiyo Line opening to traffic”.
Photo (4) shows E233-5001 [same car as photos (1) and (2)] in actual operation.
(1)Around Omiya Plant [2010/03/10] (2)Around Omiya Plant [2010/03/10]. (3)Minami Funabashi Station [2010/10/09]. (4)Minami Funabashi Station [2010/10/09].
(5)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2011/06/10]. (6)Minami Funabashi Station [2010/10/09]. (7)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2011/06/10]. (8)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/11/28].

Series 209-500

093s-4 107s-6 153s 056s-6
Series 209-500 (Keiyo Line, 10-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
This series was introduced as Series 209-500 by diverting the body structure of Series E217 which was being newly manufactured due to the frequent breakdowns of Series 103 in operation at the time, and only 170 cars were newly manufactured and three 10-car trains were deployed on the Keiyo Line.
As of August 2014, only the Keiyo 34 train is in service due to the deployment of the E233 Series.
The main controller is a VVVF inverter control system using GTO thyristor elements , the main electric motor is a cage-type three-phase AC induction motor, the drive system is a TD parallel cardan drive system, and the braking system is an electric command type regenerative brake.
(1)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/05/25]. (2)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/05/25]. (3)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/11/28]. (4)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2011/06/10].

255 series

131s-4 135s Series 255 (Keiyo Line, Sotobo Line, Uchibo Line, 9-car formation, car length 20m)
Series 255 started commercial operation on July 2, 1993. It was designed by GK Industrial Design and called “Boso View Express”.
It was the first express train of JR East to adopt Toshiba’s GTO element VVVF inverter control system.
(1)Minami Funabashi Station [2010/10/09]. (2)Minami Funabashi Station [2010/10/09].

Series E257-500

023s-3 092s-5 097s-3 002s-4
Series E257-500 (Keiyo Line, Sotobo Line, Uchibo Line, 10-car formation, 5 additional cars, car length 20m)
The Series E257 is a train with a 3M2T specification MT ratio, which uses a VVVF inverter controller with IGBT elements manufactured by Hitachi, Ltd. for the main controller to reduce magnetic excitation noise and an MT72B cage-type three-phase AC induction motor ( 145kW) for the main electric motor.
This train series adopts the train information management system (TIMS).
Limited Express Wakashio “Tokyo – Awa Kamogawa” Keiyo Line, Sotobo Line
Limited Express Sazanami “Tokyo – Kimitsu/Tateyama” Keiyo Line and Uchibo Line are operated by this train series.
(1)Outside the Omiya Plant [2010/03/10]. (2)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2011/06/10]. (3)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/05/25]. (4)Kinshicho Station [2011/06/10].

183 series

150s 151s 123s-8 124s-6
Series 183 (6-car formation, car length 20m)
The photos (1) and (2) show a Series 183 train (for “School Trip” operation), which entered the Musashino Line via the connecting line from the Kofu area of the Chuo Line and headed for Omiya Station. The regular limited express train operation by this series has disappeared. It belongs to Makuhari Sharyo Center (only two 6-car trains are registered).
(1)Near Shin-Akitsu Station [2010/11/17]. (2)Near Shin-Akitsu Station [2010/11/17]. (3)Omiya Station [2011/06/22]. (4)Omiya Station [2011/06/22].

485 series

145s-5-2 144s-3-2 Series 485 (6-car formation, car length 20m)
Photo (1) shows a Series 485-K2 train belonging to Niigata rolling stock center waiting to enter the Keiyo rolling stock center at Shin-Narashino station.
Photo (2) shows a 485 Series K2 train on its way from Tokyo Station.
Shin-Narashino Station [2010/10/09]. Shin-Narashino Station [2010/10/09].

Series 205-5000

025s-4 094s-4 096s-5 132s-4
137s 138s 152s 156s
Series 205-5000 (Musashino Line, 8-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
Series 205-5000 was introduced to the Musashino Line in 2002. The main controller of this series was changed from a resistance controller to a VVVF inverter controller using IGBT elements manufactured by Toyo Denki, and the main electric motors were replaced from DC direct-wound motors to cage-type three-phase AC induction motors.
The train MT ratio is 4M4T, and the brake system is equipped with electric command regenerative brakes and snow brakes.
The photo (3) shows the front face of the lead car, which was manufactured in 1990 and has a different style from the conventional 205 Series (known as the “fairy tale face”), but the performance is the No. 0 Series 6M2T resistance control.
(1)Higashi-Matsudo Station [2010/03/17]. (2)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/05/25]. (3)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/05/25]. (4)Minami Funabashi Station [2010/10/09].
(5)Shin-Matsudo Station [2011/09/12]. (6)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2011/06/10]. (7)Near Shin-Akitsu Station [2010/11/17]. (8)Kasai Rinkai Koen Station [2010/11/28].
Route Guide
Keiyo Line
The Keiyo Line runs 43.0 km between Tokyo and Soga Stations, but there are two branch lines, the Takaya Branch Line (5.9 km) between Ichikawa Shiohama and Nishi Funabashi Stations and the Futamata Branch Line (5.4 km) between Nishi Funabashi and Minami Funabashi Stations. The branch line is operated as a direct connection to the Musashino Line. The limited express trains “Wakashio” (for the Sotobo Line) and “Sazanami” (for the Uchibo Line) are operated via this line.

Musashino Line
The Musashino Line is officially a 100.6km line between Tsurumi and Nishi Funabashi, but regular passenger trains are operated between Fuchu Honmachi and Nishi Funabashi. Other branch lines (such as the Musashino Minami Line) are operated by freight lines or temporary express services. When the Musashino Line first opened, it was built as a freight line to replace the Yamanote Freight Line, so it has the disadvantage of avoiding administrative and commercial areas at the intersection of radial lines connecting Tokyo and the suburbs.

Musashino-go and Shimousa-go
The “Musashino-go” is a rapid train that directly connects Hachioji Station on the Chuo Main Line and Omiya Station on the Tohoku Main Line via a short-circuit line for freight trains, and the “Shimo-Usa” is a direct train connecting Nishi Funabashi Station and Omiya Station. The Musashino-go stops at Hachioji-Tachikawa-Shin-Kodaira-Shin-Akitsu-Higashi Tokorozawa-Niiza-Kita-Asaka-Omiya and Fuchu-Honmachi-Kita-Fuchu-Nishi Kokubunji-Shin-Kodaira-Shin-Akitsu-Higashi Tokorozawa-Niiza-Kita-Asaka-Omiya. The Shimousa stops at Omiya-Musashiurawa-Minamiurawa-Higashiurawa-Higashi Kawaguchi-Minami-Koshigaya-Koshigaya-Laketown-Yoshikawa-Shin Misato-Misato-Minami Nagareyama-Shin Matsudo-Shin Yahashira-Higashi Matsudo-Ichikawa-Ono-Funabashi Code-Nishi Funabashi Minami Funabashi-Shin Narashino-Kaihin Makuhari. The type of train is a regular train, and Series 205 and 209 cars are used.

Nambu Line, Tsurumi Line, Yokohama Line, Sagami Line

Series E233-8000

220s Series E233-8000 (Nambu Line, 6-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
Series E233-8000 will be introduced on the Nambu Line from October 2014. The new Series E233-8000s to be built at the Niitsu Sharyo Works will consist of 35 six-car trains, for a total of 210 cars, and are scheduled to replace Series 205 and 209 by 2016.

Series 205-1000

006s-11 Series 205-1000 (Nambu branch line, 2-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
In 2002, Series 205-1000 was remodeled from KUMOHA205-1000 and KUMOHA204-1000 to a leading car by installing a driver’s cab and other equipment on the MOHA unit, and it was designed for 2-car 2M0T one-man operation. It is also equipped with a 3/4-close switch that opens only one passenger door to keep the interior warm during long stops on the Nambu branch line. The main controller is a CS57 type resistance controller (series-parallel combination field additive excitation control). MT61 type DC DC direct-wound motor ( 120kW) is installed as the main electric motor.
The drive unit is a hollow shaft parallel cardan drive bolsterless bogie, and the brake system is an electric command type regenerative brake.
Kawasaki Shinmachi Station [2009/12/14].

Series E233-6000

218s 217s 222s 223s
Series E233-6000 (Yokohama Line, 8-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
Series E233-6000 is a series of 28 trains, 224 cars in total, for the Yokohama Line to replace the 205 Series used on the same line, and all trains will be deployed at the Kamakura Rolling Stock Center. The train was originally scheduled to be deployed in fiscal year 2014, but this was later moved up to spring 2014, and it started commercial operation on February 16, 2014, and its deployment was completed on August 24, 2014. The safety device is ATS-P and DTS-P. The safety devices are ATS-P and D-ATC. ATS-P is used on the Yokohama Line, and D-ATC is used for direct connections from Higashi-Kanagawa Station to the Keihin-Tohoku and Negishi Lines.
*This is the Yokohama Line Series 205-0 that was withdrawn from service, transferred, and scrapped on August 23, 2014 ( retired car).
(1)Nagatsuta Station [2014/06/20]. (2)Near Nagatsuta Station [2014/06/20]. (3)Oguchi Station [Sep 23, 2014]. (4)Oguchi Station [September 23, 2014].

Series 205-500

119s-7 109s-8 133s 181s-1
Series 205-500 (Sagami Line, 4-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
The Sagami Line is a single-track line with 18 stations between Chigasaki and Hashimoto (33.3 km), and also connects with the Yokohama Line between Hashimoto and Hachioji.
Series 205-500 was introduced on March 16, 1991, when the Sagami Line was fully electrified.
The difference from other 205 Series is that the front design is very different, and the semi-automatic door circuit is added and the door switch is installed to keep the interior warm. The main controller is CS57 type resistance controller ( series-parallel combination field additive excitation control), MT61 type DC direct current winding motor ( 120kW) is mounted on the main motor, and hollow shaft parallel cardan drive system (bolster-less bogie) is adopted as the drive system. The brake system is an electric command type regenerative brake. All the trains belong to the Kokufujin Rolling Stock Center.
(1)Kokufujin Rolling Stock Center [2008/10/30]. (2)Chigasaki Station [2011/07/22]. (3)Chigasaki Station [2011/07/22]. (4)Chigasaki Station [2011/07/22].

Series 205-1100

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Series 205-1100 (Tsurumi Line, 3-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
KUMOHA204-1100 and KUHA205-1100 were introduced in 2003, and all the leading cars were remodeled.
The main controller is CS57 type resistance controller ( series-parallel combined field additive excitation control), the main motor is MT61 type DC direct current winding motor ( 120kW), the drive unit is hollow shaft parallel cardan drive system with bolsterless bogies, and the brake system is electric command type regenerative brake.
In March 2009, all Kuha trains were replaced with PS33E type with single arm pantograph.
All Kuha cars are former Saikyo Line cars, and all Moha and Kumoha cars are former Yamanote Line 3-car 2M1T cars. It belongs to Nakahara train section of Nambu line.
(1)Near Tsurumi Station [2010/05/17]. (2)Near Tsurumi Station [2010/05/17]. (3)Near Tsurumi Station [2010/05/17]. cornerspace-3
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Route Guide
■Nambu Line
The Nambu Line runs 39.6 km between Tachikawa and Kawasaki Stations. The Nambu Branch Line runs 4.1 km between Shirate and Hamakawasaki Stations. There is also the Shirate Short Line (freight line) that connects Shirate and Tsurumi Stations, although it does not operate passenger service.

Tsurumi Line
The Tsurumi Line is a single-track line with a main line connecting Tsurumi and Ogimachi Stations (7.0 km). There are two branch lines: the Umishibaura Branch Line (1.7 km), which branches off from Asano Station and connects to Umishibaura Station, and the Okawa Branch Line (1.0 km), which runs between Musashi Shiraishi and Okawa Stations. In addition to passenger trains, freight trains are operated by Japan Freight Railway (JR Freight).

Yokohama Line
The Yokohama Line runs 42.6 km between Hachioji and Higashi-Kanagawa Stations. The line connects Hachioji to Higashi-Kanagawa Station, and connects to the Keihin-Tohoku Line and Negishi Line to Ofuna Station. There is also a rapid train service. The Sagami Line (single-track line) connects Hachioji – Hashimoto – Chigasaki Stations in the morning and evening from “Hashimoto” Station.

Sagami line
The Sagami Line runs between Chigasaki (Tokaido Line) and Hashimoto (Yokohama Line) station (33.3 km) on a single track with four 205 Series 500-car trains, all of which were introduced for the Sagami Line, stopping at every station. The schedule is approximately every 20 minutes during the daytime. The Sagami Line used to be owned by Sagami Railway, but was nationalized as a bypass line connecting the Tokaido Main Line and the Chuo Main Line. The rolling stock belongs to the Kokufujin Rolling Stock Center.

Saikyo Line, Kawagoe Line, Hachiko Line

Series E233-7000

211s 212s 213s 214s
Series E233-7000 (Saikyo Line and Kawagoe Line, 10-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
Series E233-7000 is for the Saikyo Line, Kawagoe Line and the Rinkai Line of Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit, and will start commercial operation on June 30, 2013. The 205 Series in operation on the Rinkai Line was replaced by this series in turn. 205 Series which left the service on February 28, 2014 is here ( retired car). The capacity of this series is about 10% more than the 205 series because of the widening of the car body. The interior lighting is made a reduction of the electric power consumption by making LED lighting from a conventional fluorescent lamp, and ATS-P and ATC-6 type are installed as a security device. Normally, switching between ATS-P and ATC is automatic, but it can also be done manually using the push button on the lower right side of the driver’s cab. The air compressor uses the same compressor unit system as the E231 series. Also, security camera is installed in No.1 car as same as Series 205 and 70-000 which are already in use on the same line.
(1)Nakaurawa Station [2014/02/25]. (2)Near Ebisu Station[2014/02/26]. (3)Near Ebisu Station[2014/02/26]. (4)Near Ebisu Station[2014/02/26].

system was developed by JR East with the aim of reducing the amount of ground equipment used for security purposes. ATACS was developed by JR East and put into practical use on a section of the Senseki Line in October 2011. Instead of using conventional “closed” signals between trains, ATACS enables autonomous control of train spacing by detecting and communicating the position of the trains themselves. This eliminates the restriction of one train per closed section separated by signals, and allows for temporary speed limits, level crossing control, and so on. The first section of the system is to be introduced between Ikebukuro and Omiya on the Saikyo Line; construction is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2013, and use is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017 after trials.

70-000 series

085s-3 120s-5 125s-6 026s-3
Series 70-000 (Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit, Saikyo Line, Kawagoe Line, 10-car fixed formation, car length 20 m)
Series 70-000 is a 10-car fixed train, 20m in length, which has been in direct service with the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line since December 1, 2002. 70-000 Series shares the same bogies and major equipment design with Series 209 of JR East. The main electric motor is equipped with a cage-type three-phase AC induction motor. The train MT ratio is 6M4T.
(1)Ebisu Station [2010/05/21]. (2)Near Ebisu Station [2011/07/12]. (3)Near Ebisu Station[2014/02/26]. (4)Itabashi Station [2011/10/25].

Series 205-3000

111s-8 028s-9 Series 205-3000 (Kawagoe Line, Hachiko Line, 4-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
Series 205-3000 was introduced from 2003 to 2005 on the former Yamanote Line. This series is a 4-car formation with a 2M2T formation ratio with the pantograph changed to a single arm type (PS33E) and the lead car modified with semi-automatic doors and door chimes in conjunction with the installation of door switches. It belongs to Kawagoe rolling stock center.
(1)Near Hanno Station [2010/06/11]. (2)Haijima Station [2010/03/28].

Series 209-3000

036s-8 086s-3 Series 209-3000 (Kawagoe Line, Hachiko Line, 4-car fixed formation, car length 20m)
Series 209-3000 was introduced on March 16, 1996 when the electrification between Hachioji and Koraigawa stations on the Hachiko Line started.
This series is the same as the 0 series, except for the semi-automatic doors installed with the installation of door switches. The formation ratio is 2M2T 4-car formation. Four 4-car trains belong to Kawagoe rolling stock center.
(1)Koraigawa Station [2010/04/14]. (2)Hachioji Station [2011/09/14].

Series 209 (MUE-Train)

190s Series 209 (MUE-Train, 7-car formation, car length 20m)
MUE-Train (MUltipurpose Experimental Train) is the second train of Series 209-0 made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which was used on Keihin-Tohoku Line and Negishi Line. It was remodeled at Nagano General Rolling Stock Center in October 2008 for the purpose of running tests related to “development of performance improvement of rolling stock”, “development of next generation rolling stock control system” and “development of ground equipment condition monitoring equipment using commercial rolling stock”.
The car is used for running tests on various lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and belongs to Kawagoe Rolling Stock Center.
The official announcement of JR East (PDF) is here.
(1)JR Tokyo General Rolling Stock Center [2011/08/27]. cornerspace-3
Route Guide
Kawagoe Line and Hachiko Line
The Kawagoe Line is the section between Omiya and Koraigawa Stations (30.6Km). The Saikyo Line, which opened east of Kawagoe in 1985, has operated a direct connection with the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line from Osaki to Shinkiba Station via the Saikyo Line since 2002. The line uses 10-car trains of 205 Series and 70-000 Series of Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit.
The Hachiko Line runs from Hachioji to Koraigawa to Kurgano Station (92.0 km), but all trains actually start and end at Takasaki Station on the adjacent Takasaki Line, which is an all-single-track line. The trains are operated by 2 or 3 diesel trains (Kiha 110 series, 200 cars) because the line is non-electrified (between “Koraigawa” and “Kuragano” stations), which is rare in the suburbs of Tokyo. The line was named the Hachiko Line after Hachioji Station’s “Hachi” and Takasaki Station’s “Taka”. The line is operated on the Kawagoe Line between Kawagoe and Hachioji Stations, and on the Hachiko Line between Koraigawa and Hachioji Stations. The train is operated by 205 Series 3000/3100 and 209 Series 3000 of 4-car formation.
Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line, Tohoku Main Line, Shonan Shinjuku Line

E231 series

020s-4 053s-10 112s-2-2 155s
Series E231 (Takasaki Line and Utsunomiya Line, 10-car train, 5 additional cars, 20m in length)
The E231 Series was jointly developed by East Japan Railway Company and Tokyu Car Corporation. It has a maximum speed of 120 km/h and a starting acceleration of 2.5 km/h/s. The performance of the VVVF inverter controller has been improved, and the cage-type three-phase AC induction motor has been strengthened to support high speeds. The basic formation is 4M6T, and the attached formation is 2M3T. 15-car formation incorporates two double-decker green cars (Saha E231 type 1000).
The Takasaki and Utsunomiya lines departing from Ueno belong to the Oyama Rolling Stock Center, and the Shonan-Shinjuku line belongs to the Kofutsu Rolling Stock Center.
(1)Around Omiya Station [2010/03/10]. (2)Kawaguchi Station [2010/05/05]. (3)Omiya Station [2011/06/22]. (4)Near Ebisu Station [2011/07/12].
Takasaki Line Utsunomiya Line Takasaki Line Utsunomiya Line

211 series

014s-6 054s-8 110s-8 117s-4
Series 211 (Takasaki Line, 10-car train, 5 additional cars, 20m in length)
Series 211 appeared in 1985. This series is a full model change from the 111, 113, and 115 series, and new features such as lightweight stainless steel car bodies, bolster-less bogies with simple structures, DC DC direct-wound motors with armature chopper control, highly responsive electric command brakes, and simple monitoring devices were adopted in various areas to “save energy” and “reduce maintenance costs”. and “energy saving” and “reduction of maintenance cost” were adopted in various parts of the train.
(1)Nippori Station [2010/01/30]. (2)Kawaguchi Station [2010/05/05]. (3)Nippori Station [2010/06/02]. (4)Omiya Station [2011/06/22].

Series 253-1000

178s-1 179s-1 Series 253-1000
(Tobu Nikko Line and Tobu Kinugawa Line direct limited express, 6-car formation, car length 20m)
This train started operation on June 4, 2011, as a replacement for the Series 485 “Nikko-Kinugawa” direct limited express train and the Series 189 “Ayano”.
The train is the former Narita Express Series 253-5 200, which has been renewed inside and out.
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The main control system was converted from armature chopper control system (field additive excitation control) to VVVF inverter control system and changed to the 1000 series.
Direct limited express trains “Nikko” and “Kinugawa” started operation on March 18, 2006, connecting JR Shinjuku Station to Tobu Nikko Station or Kinugawa Onsen Station via Tobu Nikko Line and Tobu Kinugawa Line from Kurihashi connecting line via Shonan Shinjuku Line and Utsunomiya Line. The Tobu trains are Spacia ( Series 100) belonging to the Kasukabe Branch of the Minami-Kurihashi Sharyo District. The timetable (PDF) is here.
(1)Kaminakazato Station [2011/07/15]. (2)Kaminakazato Station [2011/07/15]. cornerspace-3

Series 185-200

180s 182s-2 215s nophoto-1
Series 185-200 (Limited Express “Kusatsu” 7-14 car formation, car length 20m)
Series 185 is equipped with a resistive controller (series-parallel combination weak field control) as the main controller and DC direct-wound motors as the main motors. It started operation in March 1985, and runs from Ueno Station and Shinjuku Station to Manza and Kazawaguchi Station via Tohoku Main Line, Takasaki Line, Joetsu Line and Azuma Line. The line started as a temporary semi-express train in June 1960, became a regular train in June 1962, an express train in 1966, and a limited express train in March 1985.
The photo (2) shows a train departing from Shinjuku Station.
(1)Urawa Station [2011/07/15]. (2)Shinjuku Station [2010/11/13]. (3)Near Ebisu Station[2014/02/26]. cornerspace-3

Series 185 and OM03

188s-1 189s 202s-1 nophoto-1
Series 185, OM03 formation (7-car train, 20m long)
On September 21, 2010, the paint was changed to the Shonan color, which was modeled after Series 80 trains, for the purpose of the “Limited Express Kusatsu-go 50th Anniversary Appreciation Campaign”. The ratio of the train is 4M3T, and there is no change from the 200 series in terms of performance and function. The official announcement (PDF) is here. It belongs to Omiya General Rolling Stock Center. The photos (1) and (2) were shown at ” 2011 JR Tokyo General Rolling Stock Center Summer Vacation Fair Event”.
(1)JR Tokyo General Rolling Stock Center [2011/08/27]. (2)JR Tokyo General Rolling Stock Center [2011/08/27]. (3)Ueno Station [2012/01/23]. cornerspace-3
Route Guide
The Tohoku Main Line is the main line between Tokyo and Morioka Station. The first medium- and long-distance passenger train departs from Ueno Station.
The Utsunomiya Line is the DC electrified section of the Tohoku Main Line, which is otherwise known as the Tohoku Main Line between Ueno and Kuroiso Stations. The Kuroiso – Morioka section of the Utsunomiya Line is AC electrified.
The Takasaki Line branches off from the Tohoku Main Line at Omiya Station and connects Takasaki Station.
The Utsunomiya Line: The Utsunomiya Line runs from Ueno to Morioka.
Utsunomiya Line: The Utsunomiya Line runs on a dedicated line from Ueno Station, and between Nippori (passing through) and Akabane Station, it runs on a branch line via Oku Station.
Takasaki Line: The line runs on the Tohoku Main Line’s dedicated line between Ueno and Omiya Stations, and branches off at Omiya Station to enter the Takasaki Line.
Keihin-Tohoku Line: The Keihin-Tohoku Line runs on the Tohoku Main Line between Tokyo and Omiya Stations. The line between Nippori and Akabane is a branch line.
Saikyo Line: The Saikyo Line runs on the Tohoku Main Line’s new commuter line between Akabane, Musashiurawa and Omiya Stations.
Joban Line: Between Ueno and Nippori, the line runs on the Tohoku Main Line section of the dedicated line, which branches off from Nippori Station and enters the Joban Line.
Yamanote Line: Between “Tokyo and Tabata” station, the line runs on the dedicated line in the Tohoku Main Line section.
The line runs on a dedicated line between Tokyo and Kanda on the Tohoku Main Line section.
Shonan Shinjuku Line: Direct service from Tokaido Main Line and Yokosuka Line to Tohoku Main Line and Takasaki Line.
The Shonan Shinjuku Line runs on the Tohoku Freight Line between Tabata and Omiya Stations.
224 Tohoku Longitudinal Line (Ueno Tokyo Line)
The Tohoku Longitudinal Line, which will open on March 14, 2015, is a new line (3.8 km) extending from Ueno Station, the terminus of the Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line and Joban Line, to Tokyo Station. The new line will be operated as the “Ueno Tokyo Line”, with trains that directly connect to the Tokaido Line.
The line was originally scheduled to be completed in fiscal 2013, but due to the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake and other factors, the plan was changed.
The photo on the left shows a test run in progress. (Photo taken at Akihabara Station)
The official announcement is here ( PDF).
Series 185 during a trial run (September 2014)
Narita Express

E259 series

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Series E259 (Narita Express, 12-car, 6-car, 4-car, 20-meter-long trains)
Series E259 started commercial operation on October 1, 2009, replacing Series 253 as the “Narita Express” limited express train.
The main controller is a VVVF in verter using IGBT elements, and the main electric motor is an MT75 type (140kW) based MT75B cage type three-phase AC induction motor with ducts on the body side for cooling the main electric motor, which has a maximum speed of 130km/h. The brake system is an electrically commanded regenerative braking system.
The brake system uses electric regenerative brakes and pneumatic brakes as the permanent brakes. The brakes are equipped with a system that manages the brake force of the train and also controls the wear of the brakes to reduce and equalize the wear of the brakes.
The manufacturers are Tokyu Sharyo Mfg. and Kinki Sharyo. The train was designed by GK Industrial, and on June 9, 2010, it received the Blue Ribbon Award from the Japan Railfan Club, and in 2011 it won the 11th Brunel Prize for Excellence. The official announcement is here ( PDF).
The Brunel Award is an award established by the Watford Group, a group of railway designers from about 20 countries around the world, and is the only international railway design competition in the world.
The former Narita Express Series 253 is here ( retired train).
(1)Near Shin-Kawasaki Station [2010/05/16]. (2)Near Higashi-Kanagawa Station [2010/05/16]. (3)Near Tsurumi Station [2011/01/25]. (4)Near Ebisu Station[2014/02/26].
Route Guide
Narita Express
The Narita Express began service on March 19, 1991.
It operates between Narita Airport and stations in Ofuna (Yokosuka Line), Yokohama (Yokosuka Line), Takao (Chuo Line), Omiya (Tohoku Line), Ikebukuro, Shinjuku (Yamanote Line) and Shinagawa (Yamanote Line).