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Joban Line



The Joban Line runs from Ueno Station in Taito-ku, Tokyo, to Sendai Station in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, via Chiba, Ibaraki, and Fukushima prefectures, and is the longest line among JR lines not named "Main Line. Until now, the Joban Line has operated to and from Ueno Station, but on March 14, 2015, the Ueno Tokyo Line began service, with some trains now running between Shinagawa and Ueno.

This DLC includes the Ueno Tokyo Line between Shinagawa Station and Ueno Station and the Joban Line between Ueno Station and Katsuta Station.

The line is characterized by the change of electrification system along the way, and there is a DC/AC switchover (dead section) between Toride and Fujishiro stations. (Shinagawa Station to Toride Station: 1500V DC, Fujishiro Station to Sendai Station: 20,000V AC)

Another major feature of this line is that it can operate at 130 km/h, the highest speed on a conventional JR line.
The first half of the line shows a significant change in scenery along the line from an office area in central Tokyo to a bed town. The second half of the line features the peaceful green landscape of Ibaraki Prefecture.

The long-distance route, which takes about two hours, allows passengers to enjoy driving while viewing the changing scenery along the route.

Key data

  • Line Length:  133.7 km
  • Number of stations: 29
  • Safety system: ATS-P
  • Train model: E531-0 series
  • Max speed:
    • Shinagawa ~ Nippori : 110 km/h
      Nippori ~ Katsuta : 130 km/h (limite avec 🟩 : +10 km/h).
  • Routes:
    • Shinagawa ~ Katsuta (1177M) : "Local" - 10 cars - 29 stations - 133.7 km
    • Shinagawa ~ Tsuchiura (1157M) : "Local" - 10 cars - 18 stations - 63.8 km
  • In-train announcements : Yes
  • Driver announcement (pointing-and-calling) : No

This line contains 6 dead sections, the first of which, between Toride and Fujishiro, involves a change of current (DC -> AC). Note that a voice warning is issued, as well as a flashing indicator at the top right of the right-hand screen, depending on the type of zone:

  • DC -> AC changeover zone: "Mamonaku kōchoku section / 間もなく交直セクション" alert and "交直切換" indicator.
  • Single neutral zone: "Mamonaku komogomo section / 間もなく交交セクション" alert and "交交" indicator.

Console detail

Apart from the pocket watch and the door-closing indicator in the center of the console, there are 2 displays. In addition, on the left, above the console, is the dial for the ATS-Ps, which will not be used.


The first screen (train technical info) displays electrical voltages (including DC/AC indicator) 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):