Chikuhō Electric Railroad Line

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Chikuhō Electric Railroad Line
Train on bridge of Chikuho Electric Railroad on Ongagawa River.JPG
A Chikutetsu 3000 series train on the Chikuho Railroad in April 2016
Overview
Native name 筑豊電気鉄道線
Locale Fukuoka Prefecture
Termini Kurosaki
Chikuhō-Nōgata
Stations 21
Operation
Opened March 21, 1956
Owner Nishitetsu Group
Rolling stock
  • 2000 series
  • 3000 series
  • 5000 series
Technical
Line length 16.0 km (9.9 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 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.[1] 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.

Station list[edit]

Code Station name Japanese Distance (km)
(between stations)
Total distance (km) Transfers Location
CK 01 Kurosaki-Ekimae 黒崎駅前 - 0.0
Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu
CK 02 Nishi-Kurosaki 西黒崎 0.2 0.2  
CK 03 Kumanishi 熊西 0.4 0.6  
CK 04 Hagiwara 萩原 1.1 1.7  
CK 05 Anō 穴生 0.6 2.3  
CK 06 Morishita 森下 0.5 2.8  
CK 07 Imaike 今池 0.9 3.7  
CK 08 Einomaru 永犬丸 0.8 4.5  
CK 09 Sangamori 三ヶ森 0.5 5.0  
CK 10 Nishiyama 西山 0.7 5.7  
CK 11 Tōritani 通谷 1.0 6.7   Nakama, Fukuoka
CK 12 Higashi-Nakama 東中間 0.5 7.2  
CK 13 Chikuhō-Nakama 筑豊中間 0.7 7.9  
CK 14 Kibōgaoka-Kōkōmae 希望が丘高校前 0.9 8.8  
CK 15 Chikuhō-Katsuki 筑豊香月 1.4 10.2   Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu
CK 16 Kusubashi 楠橋 1.3 11.5  
CK 17 Shin-Koyanose 新木屋瀬 0.6 12.1  
CK 18 Koyanose 木屋瀬 0.5 12.6  
CK 19 Ongano 遠賀野 1.3 13.9   Nōgata, Fukuoka
CK 20 Ganda 感田 1.3 15.2  
CK 21 Chikuhō-Nōgata 筑豊直方 0.8 16.0  

Rolling stock[edit]

The Chikuhō Electric Railroad operates the following fleet of tramcars.[2]

  • 2000 series 3-car articulated EMUs
  • 3000 series 2-car articulated EMUs
  • 5000 series 3-car articulated low-floor tramcars

2000 series[edit]

The 2000 series sets were purchased from Nishitetsu and rebuilt as three-car articulated units with four bogies.[3]

As of 1 April 2016, four of the original seven 2000 series sets (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006) remained in operation.[2] Each car was finished in a different colour livery as follows.[4]

Set No. Livery Notes
2001      Purple Withdrawn
2002      Indigo
2003      Blue
2004      Green
2005      Yellow Withdrawn
2006      Orange
2007      Red Withdrawn

3000 series[edit]

Nine 3000 series sets were introduced between 1988 and 1996.[3] As of 1 April 2016, all nine 3000 series sets were in operation, numbered 3001 to 3009.[2]

5000 series[edit]

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, two 5000 series sets were in operation,[2] with a total of four sets scheduled to be in operation by March 2018.[5]

Individual car histories are as follows.[2]

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[6]      Pink

Former rolling stock[edit]

  • 2100 series two-car articulated EMUs

History[edit]

The Chikuho Electric Railroad was founded 15 February 1951.[1] 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.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 175. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 182. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5. 
  3. ^ a b Takai, Kunpei (30 June 2014). Morokawa, Hisashi; Hattori, Akihiro, eds. 全国私鉄超決定版 電車・機関車・気動車1700 [Nationwide Private Railway Ultimate Edition: 1700 EMUs, Locomotives, and DMUs] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Sekaibunka-sha. p. 275. ISBN 978-4-418-14219-4. 
  4. ^ 私鉄車両編成表 2010 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2010] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. August 2010. p. 162. ISBN 978-4-330-15310-0. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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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