Chichibu Railway

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Chichibu Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Public K.K. (JASDAQ9012)
Founded8 November 1899
HeadquartersKumagaya, Saitama, Japan
Key people
Shigetoshi Arafune (CEO)
Number of employees
356 (601 incl. related businesses)

The Chichibu Railway Co., Ltd. (秩父鉄道株式会社, Chichibu Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a small-sector private railway company operating two railway lines in northern Saitama Prefecture, Japan. In addition to its railway operations, the company deals in the real estate and tourism industries. It managed the Mitsumine Ropeway (三峰ロープウェイ) until it closed in December 2007.

Taiheiyo Cement is its largest shareholder, and one of Chichibu Railway's main operations is the transportation of limestone from Mount Bukō. The railway's passenger services concentrate on the tourism industry, as there are popular destinations along the line. A train hauled by a steam locomotive also operates regularly during some seasons, attracting tourists from around the country.


A Chichibu Railway 6000 series train

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Aerial tramway lines[edit]


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This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 (Databook: Japan's Private Railways). Japan: Neko Publishing. ISBN 978-4-87366-874-1.

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