Ōigawa Railway

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Ōigawa Railway
Native name
FoundedMay 19, 1917
Area served
Shizuoka Prefecture
Total equity212 million yen
ParentMeitetsu Group
A Class C11 steam locomotive at Senzu Station on the Ōigawa Main Line
Class C11 227 Thomas & Friends
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.


The company operates preserved steam locomotives, and 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 picturesque scenery, the Ōigawa Main Line is often used for shooting films or TV programs, especially those set in the pre-war period.


The company operates two 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge railway lines. The Ōigawa Main Line from Kanaya to Senzu; and the Ikawa Line from Senzu to Ikawa. Both lines function primarily as sightseeing lines. The former is known for its heritage steam trains, while the latter is the only rack railway line in existence in Japan.

The company also operates a bus line in Sumatakyō Onsen, Kawanehon.


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