Ōigawa Railway

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Ōigawa Railway
Native name
大井川鐵道
subsidiary
Industry Transportation
Founded May 19, 1917
Headquarters Shimada, Shizuoka, Japan
Area served
Shizuoka Prefecture
Total equity 212 million yen
Parent Meitetsu Group
Website www.oigawa-railway.co.jp
A Class C11 steam locomotive at Senzu Station on the Ōigawa Main Line
DD20 at Senzu Station on the Ikawa Line

The Ōigawa Railway (大井川鐵道 Ōigawa Tetsudō?) is a railway company in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The company is commonly known as Daitetsu (大鐵?). The company belongs to the Meitetsu Group. The first section of its lines opened in 1927.

As the company operates preserved steam locomotives, it has "sister railway" agreements with Brienz Rothorn Bahn in Switzerland and Alishan Forest Railway in Taiwan. Because of its old-style rolling stock and the scenery, the Ōigawa Main Line is often used for shootings of films or TV programs set in the pre-war period.

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The company operates two railway lines: the Ōigawa Main Line and Ikawa Line. Both lines primary function as sightseeing lines. The former line is known for its steam locomotive trains, while the latter is the only rack railway line in Japan. The company also operates a bus line in Sumatakyō Onsen, Kawanehon.

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