Ginza Line Scale Train Model Series

Ginza Line Scale Train Model Series

As the oldest line in the Subway of Tokyo, the Ginza line has also a rich history. It was developed by a Japanese business man known as Noritsugu Hayakawa during one of his trips to London in 1914. After observing the London subway, he thought Tokyo also needed a similar transport system. He then created the Tokyo Underground Railway in 1920. Five years later the construction started.

Progressively, the distances between planned stations were completed. For example,  the distance between Ueno and Asakusa was completed on December 30, 1927.  Upon its opening, the line was so popular that passengers often had to wait more than two hours to ride a train for a five-minute trip. After some delays due to economic problems generated by The Great Depression which slowed down construction,  the line finally reached its originally planned terminus of Shinbashi on June 21, 1934.

In 1938, the Tōkyō Rapid Railway joined the construction and finally merged each other as the Teito Rapid Transit Authority (“Eidan Subway” or “TRTA”) in July 1941, providing more stations.

The “Ginza Line” name was applied in 1953 to distinguish the line from the new Marunouchi Line. In the postwar economic boom, the Ginza Line became increasingly crowded.  According to a June 2009 Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation survey, the Ginza Line is the seventh most crowded subway line in Tokyo, running at 168% capacity between Akasaka-Mitsuke and Tameike-Sannō stations.

The newest station on the line, Tameike-Sannō Station, opened in 1997 to provide a connection to the newly built Namboku Line.

Historial Train Series

  • 100 series (1938–1968)
  • 1000 series (1927–1968)
  • 1100 series (1930–1968)
  • 1200 series (1934–1986)
  • 1300 series (1949–1986)
  • 1400 series (1953–1985)
  • 1500 series (1954–1986)
  • 1500N series (1968–1993)
  • 1600 series (1955–1986)
  • 1700 series (1956–1986)
  • 1800 series (1958–1986)
  • 1900 series (1958–1987)
  • 2000 series (1958–1993)
  • 01 series 6-car EMUs
  • 1000 series 6-car EMUs, since April 2012

The Ginza Line uses a total of 38 six-car 01 series EMUs which have a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Each car is 16 m long and 2.6 m wide, with three doors on each side.

New 1000 series EMUs entered service on the line from April 2012.

Cars are stored and inspected at Shibuya Depot located after Shibuya Station and at Ueno Inspection Division  a facility located northeast of Ueno Station with both above-ground and underground tracks. The facility is capable of holding up to 20 6-car formations. Major inspections are carried out at Tokyo Metro’s Nakano depot on the Marunouchi Line, forwarding over a connecting track at Akasaka-Mitsuke.

Tokyo Metro Ginza line 01series (in commemoration of 80th anniversary of opening of subway Type 6-car sets KATO Roundhouse N gauge 120530


Tokyo Metro Series 01 Ginza Line w/Light (Tomica PlaRail Model Train)

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Series 01 (6-Car Set) by Kato