Marunouchi Line Scale Train
The Marunouchi Line is the second line to be built in the city, and the first one constructed after the Second World War. The route is U-shaped, running from Ogikubo Station in the west of the city via the commercial and administrative district of Shinjuku through to the Marunouchi commercial center around Tokyo Station, before turning back and heading to Ikebukuro.
The red line called Marunouchi was the second line, after Ginza Line, to be built in tokyo and was the first that was constructed after World War II. The line runs from Ogikubo Station in the west side passing through the Shinjuku area and reaches the commercial center in Tokyo Station called Marunouchi. Then, it drives back to west to Ikebukuro area. The shape of the line is called U.
The Marunouchi Line is served by Tokyo Metro 02 series rolling stock in six-car trains on the main line, and three-car trains on the Hōnanchō branch. The main line is the most frequent subway line in Tokyo, with trains running at intervals of 1 minute 50 seconds during peak hours, but even that it operates are 157% of its capacity. Due to the age of the Marunouchi Line and the relative shallowness at which it runs, at several points in central Tokyo trains run at or above ground level. These include Yotsuya Station, the Kanda River near Ochanomizu Station (see image), and between Kōrakuen and Myōgadani stations
Historically, the first segment of the line was between kebukuro and Ochanomizu which was built on 20 January 1954. The subsequent progress of the line was as follows:
- Ochanomizu to Awajichō: March 1956
- Awajichō to Tokyo: July 1956
- Tokyo to Nishi-Ginza (now Ginza): December 1957
- Nishi-Ginza to Kasumigaseki: October 1958
- Kasumigaseki to Shinjuku: March 1959
- Shinjuku to Shin-Nakano/Nakano-Fujumichō (not Nishi-Shinjuku): February 1961
- Shin-Nakano to Minami-Asagaya (not Higashi-Kōenji): November 1961
- Minami-Asagaya to Ogikubo: January 23, 1962
- Nakano-Fujimichō to Hōnanchō: March 23, 1962
- Nishi-Ginza becomes part of Ginza when Hibiya Line reaches there: August 1964
- Higashi-Kōenji opens (between Shin-Nakano and Shin-Kōenji): September 1964
- Nishi-Shinjuku opens (between Shinjuku and Nakano-Sakaue) May 1996.
Several manufacturers have constructed train models are different scales for the subway cars. The KATO manufacturers is one of the most active in this area among others. The current cars are called:
- Tokyo Metro 02 series (since 1988). Here all trains are based at Koishikawa and Nakano Depots. These are employed in 6-car sets and 4-car sets combinations as follows:
A total of 336 cars were introduced into service from 17 October 1988 in 8 batches. 53 six-car trainsets (batch 1-7) operate on the main section of the Marunouchi Line, while the Hōnanchō branch uses six three-car trainsets (batch 8).
The 53 six-car sets (01-53) are formed as shown below, with car 6 at the Ikebukuro end.
The 6 three-car Hōnanchō branch line sets (81-86) are formed as shown below, with car 3 at the Nakano-Sakaue end.
Older tracks include:
- TRTA 300/400/500/900 series (from 1954 until 1996, later sold and exported for use on Line B of the Buenos Aires Metro)
- TRTA 100 series (from 1962 until 1968, transferred from Ginza Line, used for Hōnanchō branch only)
- TRTA 2000 series (from 1968 until 1981, used for Hōnanchō branch only).
Subway train 500 form three-car set hematopoietic red N gauge 10-1135 Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Series 02 Marunouchi Line w/Light (Tomica PlaRail Model Train)