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.
The F Liner Logo (Top)
Tokyo Metro 10000 series train on an F Liner service (Bottom)
|Locale||Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture|
|First service||26 March 2016|
|Current operator(s)||Tobu Railway|
Yokohama Minatomirai Railway
|Line(s) used||Seibu Railway: Seibu Yurakucho Line, Ikebukuro Line|
|Rolling stock||See rolling stock|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead|
This name is trademarked by the aforementioned 5 companies (No. 5885630).
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. 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.
- Seibu Line system: Hannō / Kotesashi - Motomachi-Chūkagai
- 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.
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.
- ● : Stops
- ∥ : Doesn't run through here
|Company||Route||Service type||Station No.||Station||Japanese||Seibu Line system||Tōbu Line system|
|Seibu Railway||Rapid Express||Hannō||飯能||●|
|Tokyu Corporation||Limited Express|
|Yokohama Minatomirai Railway|
Regularly, all F Liner trains are operated in 10-car sets.
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
Notes & ReferencesEdit
- 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.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
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