|Public KK (TYO: 9031)|
|Founded||December 17, 1908|
The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. (西日本鉄道株式会社 Nishinippon Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?), also called Nishitetsu (西鉄?) or NNR, TYO: 9031 is one of Japan's "Big 16" private railroad companies. With headquarters in Fukuoka, it operates local and highway buses, supermarkets, real estate and travel agencies, as well as railways in Fukuoka Prefecture.
In addition, in 1943 the company owned the Nishitetsu Baseball Club, a team in the Japanese Baseball League. From 1950 to 1972, the company owned the Lions (in 1950, known as the Clippers), a Pacific League baseball team.
Nishi-Nippon Railroad operates four railway lines, the first three listed below being 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) (standard gauge), whilst the Kaizuka Line is an isolated 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow-gauge line:
- Tenjin Ōmuta Line - linking Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka and Ōmuta Station in Ōmuta (74.8 km)
- Dazaifu Line - linking Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station in Chikushino, Goto, and Dazaifu Station in Dazaifu (2.4 km)
- Amagi Line - linking Miyanojin Station in Kurume and Amagi Station in Amagi, passing through Tachiarai (17.9 km)
- Kaizuka Line - linking Kaizuka Station in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka and Nishitetsu Shingū Station in Shingū (11.0 km)
Major local bus routes extend to Kitakyushu and serve other municipalities in the prefecture. Long-haul routes carry traffic to other prefectures in Kyushu, across the Kanmon Straits to Shimonoseki, and serve Osaka, Nagoya, and Shinjuku in Tokyo.
Real state investment
- "Japanese railway duo rolling into Vietnam with condos". Nikkei Asian Review (Nihon Keizai Shimbun). March 24, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
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