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JRS Photos of the Month April 2023

Kita Senju Level Crossing

Kita Senju is a major interchange station in Tōkyō's inner north east. 5 Lines meet at this point, namely the JR East Jōban Line, Tōbu Skytree (aka Isesaki) Line, Tsukuba Express and the Tōkyō Metro Chiyoda & Hibiya Lines. Immediately to the south of the station lies 'Ōfumikiri Dori' - big crossing street - where all lines cross. The Tsukuba Express and Hibiya Lines cross this street on a viaduct; the Chiyoda Line is under ground. The Tōbu & JR lines however cross at street level where there is a small strip in between the two independently managed crossings. Both lines are busy, and even on a weekend there is a train passing at least every 2 minutes.

All photos: Anthony Leith, taken 2nd April 2023.


The JR Eas Jōban Line lies at the north end of the crossing. Here an E657 Limited Express unit was seen bringing up the rear of a northbound service while a Hibiya Line 13000 series was headed for Naka Meguro on the flyover.

Tōbu Limited Express Spacia Express set 106 was seen heading northbound while a dual voltage JR East E531 series commuter set was crossing on the Jōban Line. A service vehicles was 'trapped' during the passing of these trains.

A Tōbu 10000 series set seen heading northbound into Kita Senju where it terminated. Tōbu runs the Asakusa - Kita Senju section of the Skytree line as a shuttle service as most of the faster trains run through the Tōkyō Metro Hanzomon Line. Most Limited Expresses start from the Asakusa Terminal station however.

A Tōkyō Metro 8000 series set had just departed southbound with a service bound for the Hanzomon Subway Line. It was operating a Limited Express Stopping pattern service and operated through to Chūō Rinkan on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line.

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