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The Keiō Inokashira Line (京王井の頭線 Keiō Inokashira-sen) is a commuter railway line operated
by the Japanese private railway Keiō Corporation in the western suburbs of
Tokyo, connecting Shibuya in Tokyo
with Kichijōji Station in Musashino
City. It is not connected to the Keiō Main Line Network by track, but a
transfer is available at Meidaimae Station. This line is 1,067 mm (3
ft 6 in) gauge, unlike other Keiō lines which are
1,372 mm (4
ft 6 in) gauge.
The line was constructed and opened in 1933 to 1934 by a
separate company of present Keiō, Teito Electric Railway (帝都電鉄 Teito Dentetsu). In 1940, the company merged with Odakyū,
and in 1942, Odakyū became a part of Greater Tōkyū. After World War II, Greater
Tōkyū was divided, and the line came under Keiō ownership,
splitting from Tokyū, instead of the historically closer Odakyū.
The company named itself Keiō Teito Electric Railway (京王帝都電鉄 Keiō Teito Dentetsu) out of respect to the line
transferred, and this name remained in use until 1998.
A line known as the Daita Link Line (代田連絡線 Daita-renraku-sen) connected Daita-nichōme Station (now
Station) on the Inokashira Line with Setagaya-Nakahara Station
(now Setagaya-Daita Station) on the
Odakyū Odawara Line from June 1945,
but this was closed in 1952. The track and overhead wire was
entirely removed in 1953, although some traces of the trackbed
Two stations, Tōdaimae (東大前駅
Tōdaimae-eki) and Komaba (駒場駅 Komaba-eki), closed in July 1965 and were
replaced by a new station, Komaba-Tōdaimae Station.
The Keiō 1000
series and 3000 series stainless-steel EMUs, all
5-car units, are used with coloured "faceplates". One of seven
pastel tones is applied to each formation.
Keiō operates two types of trains on the line. Local (各停 Kakutei) (or Kakueki Teisha (各駅停車)) stops all stations, while Express
(急行 Kyūkō) passes several stations. From midday
to night, 2 locals and 1 express per 12 minutes serve the line.
All stations are in Tokyo.
For connections and distances, see the route diagram.
- E: Express stops
Interior view of a Keiō Inokashira Line train