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JRS Photos of the Month January 2023

Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line

The Yokohama subway is overshadowed by its northern neighbour of Tōkyō with its two subway systems. However, the Yokohama subway is vital to Japan’s second-largest city. The system has two lines, the Blue and the Green. The Blue line first opened in 1972, using standard-gauge track with third rail power. The line is currently just over 40km long with 32 stations The Green line opened in 2008 with smaller profile cars, using standard gauge tracks overhead for power, but uses LIMs for propulsion. It is 13 km long with ten stations. Yokohama also has another subway line, MinatoMirai, which is operated by a different company and is not part of the city subway network.

All Photos: Mark Kavanagh

Car 3586 was seen bringing up the rear of a Shōnandai service at Mitsuzawa-kamichō on the 21st March 2018.

Amidst a light dusting of unusually late snow, Car 3506 was seen arriving at Kaminagaya on the 18th March 2018 bound for Azamino.

Car 1036 at the rear of Shōnandai heading westbound from Yokohama on the 3rd December 2006. Both the 1000 series (depicted here) and the 2000 series EMU's were withdrawn from service less than 2 weeks after this shot on the 16th December 2006.

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