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Chūō Line



The Chuo Line Rapid Service one of the major commuter lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area, connecting the Tama area, a bedroom community spreading in the western part of Tokyo, with Shinjuku, the world's largest terminal station, and the office areas of central Tokyo.
The line runs east to west in a straight line for more than 20 km through the center of Tokyo between Tachikawa Station and Nakano Station.

The line between Yotsuya and Ochanomizu Stations is characterized by the fact that the tracks are laid along the remains of the outer moat of Edo Castle, and passengers can enjoy the varied scenery of the outer moat of Edo Castle and the Kanda River.

The first half of the line is a commuter line running through a bedroom town, while the second half runs through the Akihabara Electric Town and the office district of central Tokyo.

Key data

  • Line length : 53.1 km
  • Number of stations : 24
  • Safety system : ATS-P
  • Train model : E233-0 series
  • Max speed :
    • Takao ~ Tokyo : 100 km/h
  • Max speed after signals :
    • Reduced speed (green/yellow) : 65 km/h
    • Caution (yellow) : 45 km/h
    • Speed restriction (yellow/yellow) : 25 km/h
  • Routes :
    • Takao ~ Tokyo (1654T) : "Rapid" - 10 cars - 24 stations - 53.1 km
    • Takao ~ Tokyo (916H) : "Special Rapid" - 10 cars - 14 stations - 53.1 km

Don't hesitate to use the cruise control (especially between Tachikawa and Nakano if you're taking the Special Rapid).

Console detail

Apart from the pocket watch and the door-closing indicator in the center of the console, there are 2 displays.


The first screen (train technical info) displays electrical voltages and various indicators at the top.

The bottom area contains:

  • Brake level and indicators for emergency brake in red (非常) and speed limit in green (抑速)
  • Brake cylinder pressure (BC)
  • Main air reservoir pressure (MR). Note that if this falls below the red zone (780kPa), the compressor starts up.
  • Speed dial.

The top line of indicators are those for ATS-P. Here are the translations of the bottom line:

  1. 3-phases (三相)

  2. Emergency short-circuit (非常短絡)

  3. Snow resistant brakes (耐雪ブレーキ)

  4. Safety Brakes (直通予備)

  5. Cruise control (定速)

  6. Parking brakes (駐車ブレーキ)

Consult the MON/TIMS/INTEROS screen page for more details about the TIMS screen.


Wikipedia : 

Driver's guide :

Timetables (in japanese):