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Tokaido Line

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Introducing

The Tokaido Line was Japan's first railroad line, including the line between Shimbashi and Yokohama, which opened in 1872. It is known as one of Japan's most famous lines connecting Tokyo to Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka, and since the Tokaido Shinkansen began service in 1964, it has been used as a regional commuter line as well as a route connecting the long-known hot springs and tourist destinations of Atami, Hakone, and Izu. This time we can drive from Japan's capital, Tokyo, to the famous hot spring resort of Atami.

In the first half of the train, from the office district of Tokyo, the capital of Japan, and the Shinkansen and boarding scenery, you can see the blue sea of Sagami Bay on the left side of the train, Odawara Castle, one of the 100 most famous castles in Japan, on the right side of the train, Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, passing by the Shinkansen while driving and enjoying scenic views while driving.

Key data

  • Total length : 104.6 km
  • Number of stations : 21
  • Safety system : ATP-P
  • Train model : E233-3000 series
  • Max speed :
    • Tokyo ~ Totsuka : 110km/h
    • Totsuka ~ Odawara : 120km/h
    • Odawara ~ Atami : 110km/h
  • Max speed after signals :
    • Reduced speed (green/yellow) : 75 km/h
    • Caution (yellow) : 55 km/h
    • Speed restriction (yellow/yellow) : 25 km/h
  • Routes :
    • Tokyo ~ Atami (1865E) : "Local" - 10 cars - 21 stations - 104.6 km
    • Tokyo ~ Odawara (1525E) : "Local" - 10 cars - 16 stations - 83.9 km

Console detail

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

image.pngThe 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.

Movie

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8Dkaid%C5%8D_Main_Line 

Driver's guide: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17Rczof1fTfbbFWPnqkOSgm8ijY-r-eJxqa5AHn71E70/edit#gid=371568555

Timetables (in japanese):