Seibu Ikebukuro Line
The Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線) is a railway line of the Japanese private railway operator Seibu Railway. It originates at Ikebukuro Station, a large railway junction in north-western Tokyo, extending to northwest suburbs as far as Tokorozawa, Saitama, and nominally terminates at Agano Station.
The Seibu Chichibu Line from Agano to Seibu-Chichibu Station is an extension. The operation is largely divided into two sections: from Ikebukuro to Hannō Station and from Hannō to Seibu-Chichibu Station.
The section from Hannō to Seibu-Chichibu is single track, but every station except for Higashi-Hanno has passing loops, and trains may pass each other at any stop. There is also a passing loop inside a tunnel where the signal controls bi-directional operation. +more The rest of all the lines is double track with Japanese 1067 mm gauge.
The Ikebukuro Line has three branches with through operation, apart from the Seibu Chichibu Line. Toshima Line :1. +more0 km length, with Local trains through from Ikebukuro. Seibu Yūrakuchō Line :The bypass to Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line/Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, with Semi Expresses and Rapids from Hannō to Shin-Kiba Station/Motomachi-Chukagai Station, with Locals. Seibu Sayama Line :Through trains are operated daily during off-peak hours. Special Limited Express "Dome" services are occasionally operated for baseball games of the Saitama Seibu Lions.
Tracks: * 4-track: Nerima to Shakujii-kōen (4. 6 km) * 2-track: Ikebukuro to Nerima (6. +more0 km), Shakujii-kōen to Hannō (33. 1 km), Kita-Hannō rail yard to Musashigaoka Rail yard (1. 5 km) * 1-track: the remainder.
Abbreviations here are for the table below, not formally used. Local (各停) :Stops at all stations. +more The longest operations are Ikebukuro to Hannō, through to Seibu Kyūjō-mae on Sayama Line, through to Toshimaen on Toshima Line. Also through from Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line to Kotesashi and Hannō. Major sections of service are from: Ikebukuro to Toshima-en and Hōya; from Shin-Kiba on Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line to Hōya, Kiyose and Kotesashi and from Motomachi-Chūkagai on the Minatomirai Line to Shakujii-kōen, Hōya, and Hannō. Semi-Express (準急) (SE) :Operated all day. Longest from Ikebukuro to Hannō and Seibu Kyūjō-mae. Through from Yūrakuchō Line to Hannō. Commuter Semi-Express (通勤準急) (CSE) :Morning hours only, one direction up from Kotesashi to Ikebukuro. Rapid (快速) (Ra) :Morning and evening hours to/from Ikebukuro, daytime through to Yūrakuchō Line. Longest to Hannō (seasonally one service a day to Seibu-Chichibu) and Seibu Kyūjō-mae. Commuter Express (通勤急行) (CE) :Morning hours only, one direction up from Hannō to Ikebukuro. Express (急行) (Ex) :All day operation, from Ikebukuro to Hannō. Rapid Express (快速急行) (RE) :Morning rush hour from Hannō to Ikebukuro, daytime to and from Hannō/Kotesashi to Motomachi-Chūkagai via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minatomirai Lines. S-Train (エストレイン) (ST) :Morning and evening reserved-seat services between and via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minatomirai Lines at weekends, and between and via the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line on weekdays. Limited Express (特急) (LE) :Ikebukuro to Seibu-Chichibu, trains named Chichibu (ちちぶ), Musashi (むさし), with supplementary limited express charge.
Local services are not shown, as they stop at all stations. *O: stop;
: pass; ↑: pass (services run in one direction, towards Ikebukuro only);
: limited stop; ↓: boarding only towards Ikebukuro, alighting only towards Tokorozawa (weekdays)
|練馬||6. 0||O||O||O||↑||Seibu Yūrakuchō Line Seibu Toshima Line Toei Oedo Line||Nerima||Tokyo|
|保谷||14. 1||O||O||O||Nishi- Tokyo||Tokyo|
|ひばりヶ丘||16. 4||O||O||O||↑||O||O||Nishi- Tokyo||Tokyo|
|東久留米||17. 8||O||O||O||O||Higashi- Kurume||Tokyo|
|秋津||21. 8||O||O||O||↑||Musashino Line (Shin-Akitsu Station)||Higashi- Murayama||Tokyo|
|所沢||24. 8||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||Seibu Shinjuku Line||Tokorozawa||Saitama|
|西所沢||27. 2||O||O||O||O||O||Seibu Sayama Line||Tokorozawa||Saitama|
|東飯能||44. 5||Hachiko Line||Hannō||Saitama|
|吾野||57. 8||Seibu Chichibu Line||Hannō||Saitama|
Seibu 001 series (Limited express services) * Seibu 2000 series * Seibu 4000 series * Seibu 6000 series * Seibu 9000 series * Seibu 10000 series (Limited express services, until 13 March 2020) * Seibu 20000 series * Seibu 30000 series * Seibu 40000 series (Since 2017) * Tokyo Metro 7000 series * Tokyo Metro 10000 series * Tokyo Metro 17000 series * Tokyu 5000 series * Tokyu 5050 series * Tokyu 5050-4000 series * Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Y500 series
The line opened 15 April 1915 as the Musashino Line (武蔵野線) (separate from the Musashino Line currently operated by JR East), by the then Musashino Railway (武蔵野鉄道), the predecessor of the present Seibu Railway with the first section from Ikebukuro to Hannō. In 1922, electrification began in three stages from Ikebukuro, until reaching Hannō in 1925. +more In the late 1920s, a second track was added from Ikebukuro to Hōya Station, and in 1929 the line was extended to Agano Station, the present nominal end. On 25 March 1952, the line was renamed to the Ikebukuro line, and throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the 2-track section was extended in stages until reaching Kasanui yard in 1969.
In 1969, the Seibu Chichibu Line was completed to Seibu-Chichibu Station to begin through operation from Ikebukuro; in 1989, bypass tracks were laid to the Chichibu Railway Main Line; and in 1998, through service via Seibu Yurakucho Line of Seibu to the Tokyo Metro's Yurakucho Line began to Shinkiba Station.
In 2001, a second track of 350 m was built to complete the double-track section from Ikebukuro to Hannō. At the same time, the elevated 4-track section from Nerima-Takanodai to Nakamurabashi opened. +more This elevated 4-track section was extended to Nerima in 2003.
Station numbering was introduced on all Seibu Railway lines during fiscal 2012, with Seibu Ikebukuro Line stations numbered prefixed with the letters "SI".