Chikuhō Electric Railroad Line
|Chikuhō Electric Railroad Line|
A Chikutetsu 3000 series train on the Chikuho Railroad in April 2016
|Opened||March 21, 1956|
|Line length||16.0 km (9.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Minimum radius||300 m|
|Electrification||600 V DC overhead lines|
|Operating speed||60 km/h (35 mph)|
The Chikuhō Electric Railroad Line (筑豊電気鉄道線? Chikuhō Denki Tetsudō-sen) is a railway line in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, connecting Kurosaki-Ekimae in Kitakyushu with Chikuhō-Nōgata Station in Nōgata, operated by Chikuhō Electric Railroad (筑豊電気鉄道? Chikuhō Denki Tetsudō). The line does not have an official name. The company and the line is also called Chikutetsu (筑鉄?). The company is a subsidiary of Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu), founded in 1951. The line originally had a through service with the Nishitetsu Kitakyushu Line, a tram line closed in 2000. Because of this, the Chikutetsu Line only uses tram vehicles. However, the line is legally classified as a railway under Railway Business Act, not a tramway under Tram Act, and the line does not share any segments with public roads.
|Code||Station name||Japanese||Distance (km)
|Total distance (km)||Transfers||Location|
The Chikuhō Electric Railroad operates the following fleet of tramcars.
- 2000 series 3-car articulated EMUs
- 3000 series 2-car articulated EMUs
- 5000 series 3-car articulated low-floor tramcars
The 5000 series is a 17.6 m long low-floor tramcar type with three articulated units mounted on two bogies. As of 1 April 2016[update], two 5000 series sets were in operation, with a total of four sets scheduled to be in operation by March 2018.
Individual car histories are as follows.
|Set No.||Manufacturer||Delivery date||Service entry date||Livery|
|5001||Alna Sharyo||February 2015||14 March 2015||Pink|
|5002||Alna Sharyo||February 2016||1 March 2016||Green|
|5003||Alna Sharyo||2017||13 February 2017||Pink|
Former rolling stock
- 2100 series two-car articulated EMUs
The Chikuho Electric Railroad was founded 15 February 1951. The line opened on 21 March 1956, initially from Kumanishi to Chikuhō-Nakama. This was extended to Koyanose on 29 April 1958, and to Chikuhō-Nōgata on 18 September 1959.
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- 筑豊電鉄:新型車両導入へ ＩＣカードシステムも 沿線３市と支援協定 ／福岡 [Chikuho Electric Railroad to introduce new trains and IC card system]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). Japan: The Mainichi Newspapers. 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- 筑豊電鉄5000形5003号車が営業運転を開始 [Chikuho Electric Railroad 5000 series set 3003 enters revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 14 February 2017. Archived from the original on 14 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
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- Official website (in Japanese)