Seibu Railway Co., Ltd.
||December 21, 1894
||1-1-1 Kusunokidai, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama-ken, Japan
||Tokyo and Saitama whichi are Japan.
||President: Takashi Goto
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||Seibu Holdings (100%)
||3,289 (as of the end of 2004)
Seibu 30000 series "Smile Train" commuter EMU
Seibu 10000 series "Chichibu" Limited express train
Seibu 20000 series commuter EMU
Seibu Railway Company, Ltd. (西武鉄道株式会社 Seibu Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a conglomerate based in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan, with principal business areas in railways, tourism and real estate. Seibu Railway's operations are concentrated in northwest Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture; the name "Seibu" is an abbreviation of "west Musashi", referring to the historic name for this area. However it and its holding company hold shares of numerous bus, hotel and tourism operations nationwide.
The original Seibu Railway was founded in 1894 and began service on the Kawagoe Railway line between Kokubunji and Kawagoe that December. In the following years, Seibu built and operated a number of other lines based around Shinjuku. In 1943, the company merged into the Musashino Railway company, which had been operating an Ikebukuro - Hanno line since 1915. Musashino Railway renamed itself to Seibu Railway following the merger. The former Seibu network based around Shinjuku and the former Musashino network based around Ikebukuro remain operationally separated today.
On December 21, 2005, Seibu Railway shareholders voted to remove control of the railroad from Kokudo Corporation and Yoshiaki Tsutsumi who received prison sentences in October for insider trading. The reorganization, completed in February 2006, created Seibu Holdings, Inc., to act as a holding company for both the railway and Prince Hotels. The largest shareholder is the American company Cerberus Group with a 29.9% share of the new company.
Station numbering was introduced on all Seibu Railway lines during fiscal 2012.
Railway operations 
Seibu's routes total 179.8 km. They fall into two separate groups. Tokorozawa Station is the crossing point of Ikebukuro Line and Shinjuku Line.
Seibu Railway is well known for its bright yellow colored trains. However, more recent trains have a blue colored line on unpainted stainless steel or aluminium bodies.
Ikebukuro Line Group 
The Ikebukuro Line group includes the Ikebukuro Line and its branches.
Shinjuku Line Group 
The Shinjuku Line group includes the Shinjuku Line and its branches, as well as the Tamagawa Line, which is not a branch of the Shinjuku Line but had been owned by the Shinjuku Line's operator before its merger with the Ikebukuro Line operator.
People mover 
Rolling Stock 
Single fare (Adult)
Affiliated companies 
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