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Nambu Branch Line

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Introducing

The Nambu Branch Line is a 4.1 km long line connecting Shitte Station in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture and Hama-Kawasaki Station in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

It does not operate directly with the Nambu Line, but operates a short distance to Hama-Kawasaki Station as a branch line that splits from the Nambu Line's Shitte Station. The opening of a new station, Odasakae Station, in March 2016 was also a major topic of conversation. The line runs between industrial areas and quiet residential areas.

Key data

  • Line Length: 4.1 km
  • Number of stations: 5
  • Safety system: ATS-P
  • Train model: 205-1000 series
  • Max speed:
    • Hama-Kawasaki~Kawasaki-Shinmachi : 95 km/h
    • Kawasaki-Shinmachi~Shitte : 85 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:
    • Odasakae ~ Shitte (613H) : "Local" - 2 cars - 4 stations - 2.7 km
    • Hama-Kawasaki ~ Shitte (721H) : "Local" - 2 cars - 5 stations - 4.1 km
    • Hama-Kawasaki ~ Shitte (1401H) : "Local" - 2 cars - 5 stations - 4.1 km

Console details

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On the far left, we have the brake levels with an indicator for emergency brake in red (非常).

On the left, we have several indicators on the top part, and at the bottom part, we have the brake pressure level (black arrow) and the compressed air reservoir (red arrow). Then we have the speed dial.

At the center comes the door lock indicator and the pocket watch.

On the right we have the ATS-P panel and the train protection radio equipment.

Here is the translation of the indicators (those on the left):

  • First line :
    1. 3-phases (三相)
    2. Emergency short-circuit (非常短絡)
    3. Snow resistant brakes (耐雪ブレーキ)
  • Second line:
    1. 1
    2. Home confirmation (left) (ホーム確認「左」)
    3. Home confirmation (right) (ホーム確認「」)
    4. Safety Brakes (直通予備)

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

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Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nambu_Line#Nambu_Branch_Line 

Driver's guide: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Jzx47I9DaAdVm43REOtTeUY_cp4islfIgMYW6-8V3ew/edit#gid=1507452507 

Timetables (in japanese):