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.

Rolling stock[edit]

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

History[edit]

Kita Matsue Line[edit]

The Ichibata Light Railway opened the Dentetsu Izumo-shi to Unshuhirata section in 1914, and extended the line to Ichibata the following year. The line was electrified in 1927 at 1,500 V DC, and extended to Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen (33.9 km from Dentetsu Izumo-shi) the following year. CTC signalling was commissioned in 1966, and freight services ceased in 1973. Dentetsu Izumo-shi Station is adjacent to Izumo-shi Station on the Sanin Main Line owned by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). Part of the Kita Matsue Line is adjacent to Lake Shinji.

Taisha Line[edit]

The 8.3 km line from Kawato Station (on the Kita Matsue Line) to Izumo Taisha-mae opened in 1930, electrified at 1,500 V DC. CTC signalling was commissioned in 1966.

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References[edit]

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

  1. ^ 一畑電車、新造車両を導入 [Ichibata Electric Railway to introduce new trains]. Tetsudo.com (in Japanese). Japan: Asahi Interactive Inc. 13 July 2016. Archived from the original on 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  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. 

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