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The Tsukuba Express (Japanese : つくばエクスプレス) is a railway line of the Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company (首都圏新都市鉄道, Shuto-ken Shin Toshi Tetsudō) that links Akihabara Station in Chiyoda ku, Tokyo, and Tsukuba Station in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Its abbreviation is TX. The train had its maiden trip on August 23, 2005. An extension through a deep tunnel to Tokyo Station is also planned. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 318 KB) Description: Tsukuba Express, trial run by Type TX-2000 Source: Photo by Uploader (LERK) Date: July 5th, 2005 Author: Uploader (LERK) Permission: GFDL licence Other versions of this file: None File links The following pages link to this... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 318 KB) Description: Tsukuba Express, trial run by Type TX-2000 Source: Photo by Uploader (LERK) Date: July 5th, 2005 Author: Uploader (LERK) Permission: GFDL licence Other versions of this file: None File links The following pages link to this... The Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company (首都圏新都市鉄道, Shuto-ken Shin Toshi Tetsudō) is a third sector railway company. ... Akihabara Station (秋葉原駅; -eki) is located in Tokyos Chiyoda ward. ... National Diet Building, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine, Kudan Kita 3-1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Otemon, the Great Gate of Edo Castle (Kokyo) Chiyoda (千代田区; -ku) is a special ward in central Tokyo, Japan. ... The 23 special wards (特別区 tokubetsuku) are self-governing, special municipalities in the central and most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. ... Long a symbol of Tokyo, the Nijubashi Bridge at the Kokyo Imperial Palace. ... This article is about the Japanese municipality system. ... Tsukuba (Japanese: つくば市 -shi or 筑波市 -shi; both written forms are commonly used) is a planned city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. ... Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県; Ibaraki-ken) is located in the Kanto region on Honshu island, Japan. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A disused railway tunnel now converted to pedestrian and bicycle use, near Houyet, Belgium A tunnel is an underground passage. ... Tokyo Station Tokyo Station (東京駅; -eki) is a train station located in the centre of Tokyo in the Marunouchi business district near the Imperial Palace grounds and somewhat to the north of the Ginza commercial district. ...

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Route

  • Administration: Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company
  • Length: 58.3 km from Akihabara Station to Tsukuba Station
  • Stations: 20
  • Gauge: 1067 mm
  • Multiple-track along entire route
  • Electrification
    • Akihabara – Moriya: 1500 VDC
    • Miraidaira – Tsukuba: 20 000 V, 50 Hz
    • Dead section: Moriya - Miraidaira
  • Block System: Automatic (ATO)
  • Yard: Moriya Station

A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... Moriya (守谷市; -shi) is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. ... The volt (symbol: V) is the SI derived unit of electric potential difference. ... Direct current (DC or continuous current) is the continuous flow of electricity through a conductor such as a wire from high to low potential. ... The hertz (symbol Hz) is the SI unit of frequency. ... Automatic train operation (ATO) insure partial or complete automatic train piloting and driverless functionalities. ...

History

Initially, the line was to be called Jōban Shinsen (New Jōban Line). The reason for the line was to relieve crowding on the Joban Line of JR East, which had reached the limit of its capacity. However, with the economic downturn in Japan, the goal shifted to development along the line. Also, the initial plan called for a line from Tokyo to Moriya, but expenses forced the planners to start the line at Akihabara instead of Tokyo, and pressure from the government of Ibaraki Prefecture resulted in moving the extension from Moriya to Tsukuba into Phase I of the construction. Jōban Line. ... Yamanote Line, Tokyo JR Yamanote Line train in Tokyo, Japan Above Yurakucho in Tokyo East Japan Railway Company (東日本旅客鉄道 Higashi-Nihon Ryokyaku Tetsudo or JR東日本; JR Higashi-Nihon) (TYO: 9020) is a Japanese private railroad company, the largest passenger railway company in the world and one of the seven JR companies. ...


Slow development of land in Kashiwa and Moriya has called into question whether as many passengers as planned will take the new line. Kashiwa (柏市 Kashiwa-shi) is a city located in Chiba, Japan. ...


The original schedule called for the line to begin operating in 2000, but delays resulted in a 2005 start. This article is about the year 2000. ...


Speed

The line has a top speed of 130 km/h, exceeding the 120 km/h top speed of trains on the Keihin Electric Express Railway, the fastest private railway in the capital region. Rapid service has reduced the time required for the trip from Akihabara to Tsukuba from the previous 1 hour 30 minutes (by the Joban Line, arriving in Tsuchiura, about 15km from Tsukuba)or 70 minutes (by bus, under optimal traffic conditions) to 45 minutes; from Tokyo, the trip requires 50 – 55 minutes. The line has no at-grade crossings. Keihin Electric Express Railway (京浜急行電鉄) Keihin Electric Express Railway Co. ... TheBus, established by Mayor Frank Fasi, is Honolulus only public transit system. ...


An automatic train operation system allows a single individual to operate the train. Automatic train operation (ATO) insure partial or complete automatic train piloting and driverless functionalities. ...


Electrification and rolling stock

To prevent interference with the geomagnetic measurements of the Japan Meteorological Agency at its laboratory in Yasato, Niihari District, Ibaraki, the portion of the line from Moriya to Tsukuba operates on alternating current. For that reason, the trains include TX-1000 (DC cars which can operate between Akihabara and Moriya), and TX-2000 (AC cars which can operate on the entire line). The magnetosphere shields the surface of the Earth from the charged particles of the solar wind. ... Japan Meteorological Agency (気象庁) is a government agency, which is a central place responsible for gathering and reporting weather data and forecasts in Japan. ... Yasato (八郷町; -machi) is a town located in Niihari District, Ibaraki, Japan. ... Niihari (新治郡; -gun) is a district located in Ibaraki, Japan. ...


Volume production of the rolling stock began in January, 2004, following the completion in March 2003 of the two-car train for trial operation and training. The plan calls for an inventory of 84 TX-1000s (for 14 six-car trains) and 96 TX-2000s (for 16 six-car trains), to be ready in January, 2005.


Stations

  • DC Segment
    • Akihabara Station (秋葉原)
    • Shin Okachimachi Station (新御徒町)
    • Asakusa Station (浅草)
    • Minami Senju Station (南千住)
    • Kita Senju Station (北千住)
    • Aoi Station (青井)
    • Rokucho Station (六町)
    • Yashio Station (八潮)
    • Misato Chuo Station (三郷中央)
    • Minami Nagareyama Station (南流山)
    • Nagareyama Central Park Station (流山セントラルパーク)
    • Nagareyama Ōtaka-no-mori Station (流山おおたかの森)
    • Kashiwa-no-ha campus Station (柏の葉キャンパス)
    • Kashiwa Tanaka Station (柏たなか)
    • Moriya Station (守谷)
  • AC Segment
    • Miraidaira Station (みらい平)
    • Midorino Station (みどりの)
    • Bampaku Kinen Koen Station (万博記念公園)
    • Kenkyu Gakuen Station (研究学園)
    • Tsukuba Station (つくば)

Akihabara (秋葉原) is also known as Akihabara Electric Town (Akihabara Denki Gai). ... The Kaminarimon is the outer gate of the Sensoji, Asakusas famous temple. ... Tsukuba (Japanese: つくば市; -shi; from Han character 筑波) is a planned city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. ...

Connecting lines

Passengers prepare to board a train on the Yamanote Line 205 series Cattle wagon before the morning rush Display within Yamanote Line car shows next stop and route map The Yamanote Line (山手線; Yamanote-sen) is one of Tokyos busiest and most important commuter lines. ... A northbound Keihin-Tohoku line rapid train bound for Minami-Urawa pauses at Ueno Station The Keihin-Tohoku Line (京浜東北線) is a 59 km railway line in Japan that connects the cities of Saitama, Warabi, Kawaguchi, Tokyo, Kawasaki, and Yokohama. ... The Chuo-Sobu Line (中央・総武緩行線 Chūō Sōbu Kankō-sen) is part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, Japan. ... Hibiya Line (Click on image to enlarge. ... The Toei ÅŒedo Line (都営地下鉄大江戸線, Toei Chikatetsu ÅŒedo-sen) is a subway line in Tokyo, Japan operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (not the Tokyo Metro). ... Jōban Line. ... Hibiya Line (Click on image to enlarge. ... Jōban Line. ... Hibiya Line (Click on image to enlarge. ... Click on map to enlarge The Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (東京地下鉄千代田線) is a metro line in Tokyo, Japan, administered by the Tokyo Metro. ... Tobu Isesaki Line (東武伊勢崎線 Tōbu-isesaki-sen) is a railway line in Japan, extending from from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture. ... The Musashino Line (武蔵野線) is a railway line of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). ... Noda Line (Japanese: 野田線 Noda Sen) is a 62. ...

See also

List of railway companies in Japan Japan Railway (formerly Japanese National Railways) Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku) West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) Big 15 major private railways...


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