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The F Liner (Fライナー) is the name for the fastest[Note 1] through service train between 5 railway companies, which are Tobu Railway, Seibu Railway, Tokyo Metro, Tokyu Corporation and Yokohama Minatomirai Railway.[1][2]

F Liner
F Line logo.svg
TM10000 LED.JPG
The F Liner Logo (Top)
Tokyo Metro 10000 series train on an F Liner service (Bottom)
Overview
StatusOperational
LocaleTokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture
First service26 March 2016
Current operator(s)Tobu Railway
Seibu Railway
Tokyo Metro
Tokyu Corporation
Yokohama Minatomirai Railway
Route
StartHannō (Seibu)
Ogawamachi (Tōbu)
EndMotomachi-Chūkagai
Line(s) usedSeibu Railway: Seibu Yurakucho Line, Ikebukuro Line

Tobu Railway: Tōbu Tōjō Line
Tokyo Metro: Fukutoshin Line
Tokyu Corporation: Tōkyū Tōyoko Line

Yokohama Minatomirai Railway: Minatomirai Line
Technical
Rolling stockSee rolling stock
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead

This name is trademarked by the aforementioned 5 companies (No. 5885630).

Service patternEdit

The name "F Liner" is given to trains under the two route systems explained below. The service type of trains may change once across boundary stations for two different lines[2]. Therefore, systematically, the name "F Liner" will be added before the service type, so that all trains F Liner are then distinctively referred to as "F Liner, (Service type on current line)". For instance: Within the Fukutoshin Line → "F Liner, Express", bound for Motomachi-Chūkagai; Within the Toyoko Line → "F Liner, Limited Express", bound for Shinrin-Kōen.

  1. Seibu Line system: Hannō / Kotesashi - Motomachi-Chūkagai
  2. Tōbu Line system: Ogawamachi / Shinrin-Kōen - Motomachi-Chūkagai
    • Tōbu Tōjō Line: Express (急行)
    • Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line: Express (急行)
    • Tōkyū Tōyoko Line and Minatomirai Line: Limited Express (特急)

Within the Fukutoshin Line, the Tōyoko Line and the Minatomirai Line, 4 F Liner trains operate every hour at 15-minute intervals during daytime. 2 of which operate on the Tōbu Line system from/to Shinrin-Kōen. The other 2 operate on the Seibu Line system, with one operating from/to Hannō, and the other from/to Kotesashi, each operating at 1-hour intervals. For northbound trains on weekend mornings, only 1 F Liner train operates every hour which terminates at Hannō.[3]

The longest distance travelled for an F Liner journey is 100.1km, from Ogawamachi to Motomachi-Chūkagai.

From 16 March 2019, the Tobu Tojo line began a new timetable, in which on weekends in the morning, there are 3 F-Liner services that begin from Ogawamachi instead of Shinrin-Kōen that head towards Motomachi-Chūkagai. They depart Ogawamachi at 7:54, 8:54 and 9:54. All other F-Liner services that run on the Tobu Tojo line continues to start/end at Shinrin-Kōen station.

Stations servedEdit

Legend
  • ● : Stops
  • ∥ : Doesn't run through here
Company Route Service type Station No. Station Japanese Seibu Line system Tōbu Line system
Seibu Railway  

Yurakucho & Ikebukuro Line

Rapid Express SI26 Hannō 飯能  
SI23 Irumashi 入間市
SI19 Kotesashi 小手指
SI17 Tokorozawa 所沢
SI13 Hibarigaoka ひばりヶ丘
SI10 Shakujii-Kōen 石神井公園
SI06 Nerima 練馬
Tobu Railway TJ

Tōjō Line

Express TJ33 Ogawamachi 小川町
TJ32 Musashi-Ranzan 武蔵嵐山
TJ31 Tsukinowa つきのわ
TJ30 Shinrin-Kōen 森林公園
TJ29 Higashi-Matsuyama 東松山
TJ28 Takasaka 高坂
TJ27 Kita-Sakado 北坂戸
TJ26 Sakado 坂戸
TJ25 Wakaba 若葉
TJ24 Tsurugashima 鶴ヶ島
TJ23 Kasumigaseki 霞ヶ関
TJ22 Kawagoeshi 川越市
TJ21 Kawagoe 川越
TJ18 Fujimino ふじみ野
TJ14 Shiki 志木
TJ13 Asakadai 朝霞台
TJ11F01 Wakōshi 和光市
Tokyo Metro F

Fukutoshin Line

Express
SI37F06 Kotake-Mukaihara 小竹向原
F09 Ikebukuro 池袋
F13 Shinjuku-Sanchōme 新宿三丁目
F15 Meiji-Jingumae 'Harajuku' 明治神宮前〈原宿〉
F16TY01 Shibuya 渋谷
Tokyu Corporation TY

Tōyoko Line

Limited Express
TY03 Naka-Meguro 中目黒
TY07 Jiyūgaoka 自由が丘
TY11 Musashi-Kosugi 武蔵小杉
TY16 Kikuna 菊名
TY21  Yokohama 横浜
Yokohama Minatomirai Railway  

Minatomirai Line

  Minatomirai みなとみらい
  Motomachi-Chūkagai 元町・中華街 

Rolling stockEdit

LED Display (Left to right):
Tokyo Metro 10000 series
Tokyu 5050-4000 series
Seibu 6000 series

Regularly, all F Liner trains are operated in 10-car sets.

NamesakeEdit

The F in F Liner stands for 3 English words starting with the letter F, which are:

  • Fast, which this train is envisioned to become
  • Five, referring to through services between 5 railway companies
  • Fukutoshin (副都心), Japanese for secondary city center

See alsoEdit

Notes & ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ There exists an even faster service type than the Express on the Tōbu Tōjō Line, which is the Rapid Express (快速急行), operating in the morning and at night. Since the Rapid Express is not a part of the F Liner, the F Liner is not the fastest service on the Tōjō Line, strictly speaking.

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ReferencesEdit

This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ "新愛称「Fライナー」、メトロ副都心線系統に来春導入" [New service "F Liner" to be introduced to Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line next spring]. Norimono News (Media Vague). 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  2. ^ a b "副都心線で運転する、速達性の高い直通列車の愛称名を『Fライナー』といたします。" [The new fast through service train that will operate on the Fukutoshin Line will be named the "F Liner"]. Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ "時刻表 | 元町・中華街駅 | みなとみらい線 | 横浜高速鉄道株式会社" [Timetable | Motomachi-Chūkagai Station | Miratomirai Line | Yokohama Minatomirai Railway].
  4. ^ "横浜高速鉄道Y500系が10両編成の運用を代走" [Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Y500 series operates temporary service]. railf.jp. 2017-05-06.
  5. ^ "3月26日(土)東武東上線でダイヤ改正を実施!" [Tōbu Tōjō Line will implement timetable revision on 26 March!] (PDF) (Press release). 東武鉄道株式会社. 2016-02-09. Retrieved 2016-06-20.