Aizu Railway

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Aizu Railway Co.,Ltd.
Native name
会津鉄道株式会社
Aizu-tetsudō-kabushiki-gaisha
TypePublic-private KK
IndustryTransportation
Founded10 November 1986
WebsiteOfficial website

Aizu Railway Co.,Ltd. (会津鉄道株式会社, Aizu-tetsudō-kabushiki-gaisha), is a third-sector Japanese railway company whose major shareholders include the Fukushima prefectural and Aizuwakamatsu city governments. It owns and operates its only line, the Aizu Railway Aizu Line.

The names of the company and the line are from the Aizu area of Fukushima Prefecture that the line serves.

History[edit]

  • June 22, 1984 - The Aizu line is opened by Japanese National Railways.[1]
  • November 10, 1986 - Aizu Railway Co., Ltd. is established.
  • 1987:
    • -Route name, new station name, company badge, etc. are determined.
    • July 16 - East Japan Railway (JR East) to convert the Aizu line Aizusen opening .
  • April 27, 1988 - To-no-Hetsuri Station opens.
  • October 12, 1990 - 15.4 km of the line is electrified, between Aizu-Tajima and Aizu-Kogen Ozeguchi. With this electrification, through services begin with the Tobu Kinugawa Line, Tobu Nikko Line, and the Tobu Isesaki Line.
  • August 10, 1995 - Minami-Wakamatsu Station opens.
  • August 7, 1999 - Amaya Station was opened.
  • July 18, 2001 - Aizu-Sanson-Dojo Station opens.
  • 2002
  • March 1, 2005 - The express "Minamiaizu" was abolished. Aizu Mount Express starts direct operation to Kinugawa Onsen Station on the Tobu Kinugawa Line.
  • March 18, 2006 - Aizu Kogen Station was renamed to Aizu Kogen Ozeguchi Station.
  • 2009:
    • April 18 - A concert is held outside Yunokami-Onsen station
    • August 23-24 - Rokujizo Station temporarily opens.
  • August 23, 24, 2010- Ichinoseiroku Jizoson Station was temporarily opened, in the same location as Rokujizo station the previous year. This station would be opened every year until 2014.
  • 2012:
  • April 21, 2017 - Tobu's limited express Liberty Aizu starts operations to Aizu-Tajima Station.[2]

Ridership[edit]

Annual Ridership[3]
Year Ridership
1992 956,000
2002 679,000
2012 403,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "和書". 鉄道ジャーナル (in Japanese). 鉄道ジャーナル社. 21 (10): 108, 114–116. Aug 1987.
  2. ^ "企業情報 │ 会津鉄道-会津鉄道で行く、会津の列車たび" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  3. ^ "福島県内における地域鉄道利用状況の現状について" (PDF) (in Japanese). Retrieved 19 Mar 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)