Ichibata Electric Railway

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Ichibata Electric Railway Co., Ltd. is the name of two related, yet different companies in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Ichibata Denki Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha (一畑電気鉄道株式会社) was a railway operator until 2006, when it became a holding company of the Ichibata Group, spinning off its railway division to the newly founded Ichibata Densha Kabushiki-gaisha (一畑電車株式会社). Although the two have different names in Japanese, their official English names are identical.

Lines[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

  • 1000 series: 2-car EMUs converted from former Tokyu 1000 series cars
  • 2100 series: 2-car EMUs converted from former Keio 5000 series cars
  • 5000 series: 2-car EMUs converted from former Keio 5000 series cars
  • 7000 series: Single-car EMUs introduced on 11 December 2016[1]

1000 series[edit]

In 2014, four former Tokyu 1000 series intermediate cars (1453, 1403, 1455, and 1405) were resold to the Ichibata Electric Railway, and reformed as two-car 1000 series sets with the addition of new cab ends.[2] These entered service on 9 February 2015.[3]

Formations[edit]

Designation Mc Tc
Numbering DeHa 100x KuHa 110x

Car identities[edit]

The former identities of the fleet are as shown below.[2]

Set No. Car No. Tokyu numbering
1001 DeHa 1001 DeHa 1405
KuHa 1101 DeHa 1455
1002 DeHa 1002 DeHa 1403
KuHa 1102 DeHa 1453

7000 series[edit]

7000 series car 7001 in April 2017

As of 1 April 2017, two 7000 series cars (7001 and 7002) were in operation.[1] While all cars carry the same basic livery of white with orange stripes on the upper and lower body, each car has a different theme and colouring on the ends and body sides.[4]

Fleet details[edit]

Car No. Date delivered Service entry Theme Colour
7001 23 August 2016 11 December 2016 Izumo Taisha      Black
7002 6 February 2017 2017 Lake Shinji      Blue
7003 2017 14 October 2017 Rice terraces      Green[5]
7004 2018 4 March 2018 Mount Sanbe [ja]      Red[6]

Former rolling stock[edit]

The last 3000 series set was withdrawn following its final run on 22 January 2017, and scrapped in February 2017.[1]

History[edit]

Kita Matsue Line[edit]

The Ichibata Light Railway (一畑軽便鉄道, Ichibata Keibin Tetsudo) was founded on 6 April 1912.[7] The company opened the line from Izumo Imaichi Station (出雲今市駅, present-day Dentetsu Izumoshi Station) to Unshuhirata on 29 April 1914, with services hauled by steam locomotives.[7] The line was extended to Ichibata Station (later closed) on 4 February 1915.[7]

Electric trains began operating on the line from 1 October 1927, following electrification of the line at 1,500 V DC, and the line was extended to Kita-Matsue Station (北松江駅, present-day Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen Station) on 5 April 1928.[7]

Driver-only operation commenced on 20 February 1997.[7]

Taisha Line[edit]

The 8.3 km line from Kawato Station (on the Kita Matsue Line) to Izumo Taisha-mae Station opened in 1930, electrified at 1,500 V DC.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 私鉄車両編成表 2017 私鉄車両編成表 2017 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2017] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2017. p. 178. ISBN 978-4-330-81317-2.
  2. ^ a b Kubo, Toshi (July 2017). 東京メトロ日比谷線-4 [Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line - 4]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 57 no. 675. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. p. 125-126.
  3. ^ 一畑電車で1000系の出発式 [Departure ceremony for Ichibata 1000 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  4. ^ 一畑電車7000系のラッピングデザインが決定 [Ichibata Electric Railway 7000 series livery designs announced]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 9 November 2016. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ 一畑電車,7003号車が10月14日から営業運転を開始 [Ichibata Electric Railway 7003 to enter service on 14 October]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 28 February 2018. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ 一畑電車,7004号車が3月4日から営業運転を開始 [Ichibata Electric Railway 7004 to enter service on 4 March]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 28 February 2018. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄: 全国私鉄165社局掲載 データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 168. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.

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