Keifuku Electric Railroad

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Keifuku Electric Railroad Co., Ltd.
Native name
京福電気鉄道株式会社
Keifuku Denki Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha
Kabushiki gaisha
Traded as TYO: 9049
Industry Private railroad
Predecessor Kyoto Dento
Founded 2 May 1942 (1942-05-02) in Kyoto, Japan
Headquarters Kyoto, Japan
Coordinates 35°0′12″N 135°44′50″E / 35.00333°N 135.74722°E / 35.00333; 135.74722Coordinates: 35°0′12″N 135°44′50″E / 35.00333°N 135.74722°E / 35.00333; 135.74722
Area served
Japan
Revenue Decrease¥11,609 million (2014)
Increase¥507 million (2014)
Increase¥460 million (2014)
Total assets Increase¥17,407 million (2014)
Total equity Increase¥4,652 million (2014)
Number of employees
881 (2014)
Parent Keihan Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Subsidiaries
  • Keifuku Bus
  • Kyoto Bus
  • Mikuni Kanko Sangyo
Website www.keifuku.co.jp

Keifuku Electric Railroad Co., Ltd. (京福電気鉄道株式会社 Keifuku Denki Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a railroad company based in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (but with offices in Fukui Prefecture) in operation since March 2, 1942.[1] It is a parent company of Keifuku Bus and Kyoto Bus, and an affiliated company of Keihan Electric Railway,[2] which owns 42.89% of the company stock. The company's stock is traded on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Lines[edit]

This railway started service in 1910,[3] operated at that time by Arashiyama Electric Tram Railway (嵐山電車軌道 Arashiyama Densha Kidō?). It was transferred to the Kyoto-based electric power generation company Kyoto Dento (京都電燈 Kyōto Dentō?). Later it built the Kitano Line.[4]

Formerly the company operated several railway lines in Fukui Prefecture. Some of them are now operated by Echizen Railway.[5]

The Eizan Electric Railway also belonged to Keifuku until 1985.[6][citation needed]

Randen[edit]

The Randen (嵐電 Randen?) is tram lines in Kyoto.

Arashiyama Line[edit]

Arashiyama Line
Kouryuji Roumon.jpg
A Randen tram car at Kōryūji Station, in front of Kōryū-ji Temple
Overview
Native name 嵐山本線
Termini Shijō-Ōmiya
Arashiyama
Stations 13
Line number Number prefix Randen Arashiyama mainline.png A
Color on map red
Website randen.keifuku.co.jp/en/index.html
Operation
Opened 25 March 1910 (1910-03-25)
Depot(s) Sai
Technical
Line length 7.2 km (4.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead line
Operating speed 40 km/h (25 mph)
Route map
Map of Randen in Ryoanji Station.JPG

The Arashiyama Line (嵐山本線 Arashiyama Honsen?) connects Kyoto's city center (Shijo-Omiya terminal) and scenic Arashiyama area in the western suburb.

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
A1 Shijō-Ōmiya 四条大宮 0 Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png Hankyu Kyoto Main Line Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
A3 Sai 西院 1.4 Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png Hankyu Kyoto Main Line Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
A4 Nishiōji-Sanjō 西大路三条 2.0 Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
A5 Yamanouchi 山ノ内 2.8
A6 Randen-Tenjingawa 嵐電天神川 3.7 Subway KyotoKarasuma.png Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line
A7 Kaikonoyashioro 蚕ノ社 3.9
A8 Uzumasa-Kōryūji 太秦広隆寺 4.4
A9 Katabiranotsuji 帷子ノ辻 5.2
A10 Arisugawa 有栖川 5.7
A11 Kurumazaki-Jinja 車折神社 6.2
A12 Rokuōin 鹿王院 6.5
A13 Randen-Saga 嵐電嵯峨 6.9
A14 Arashiyama 嵐山 7.2

Kitano Line[edit]

Kitano Line
Randen cherry blossom.jpg
A Randen tram car under cherry blossoms
Overview
Native name 北野線
Termini Kitano-Hakubaichō
Katabiranotsuji
Stations 9
Line number Number prefix Randen Kitano line.png B
Color on map blue
Website randen.keifuku.co.jp/en/index.html
Operation
Opened 3 November 1925 (1925-11-03)
Depot(s) Sai
Technical
Line length 3.8 km (2.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead line
Operating speed 40 km/h (25 mph)
Route map
Map of Randen in Ryoanji Station.JPG

The Kitano Line (北野線 Kitano Sen?) is from Kitano Hakubaicho Station near Kitano Tenmangū to Katabiranotsuji Station in the midst of Arashiyama (Main) Line.

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
B9 Kitano-Hakubaichō 北野白梅町 0 Kita-ku, Kyoto
B8 Tōjiin 等持院 0.7
B7 Ryōanji 龍安寺 0.9 Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
B6 Myōshinji 妙心寺 1.3
B5 Omuro-Ninnaji 御室仁和寺 1.7
B4 Utano 宇多野 2.1
B3 Narutaki 鳴滝 2.6
B2 Tokiwa 常磐 2.9
B1 Katabiranotsuji 帷子ノ辻 3.8

Eizan Cable[edit]

Eizan Cable
UpEiden Eizan Main Line
Yase-Hieizanguchi
0 Cable Car Yase
1.3 Cable Car Hiei
Ropeway Hiei
DownEizan Ropeway

The Eizan Cable (叡山ケーブル Eizan Kēburu?), officially the Cable Line (鋼索線 Kōsaku-sen?), is a funicular line in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto.

Further information: Keifuku Cable Line

Eizan Ropeway[edit]

Eizan Ropeway
UpEizan Cable
Cable Car Hiei
0 Ropeway Hiei
0.5 Hiei Sanchō

The Eizan Ropeway (叡山ロープウェイ Eizan Rōpuwei?) (Ja) is an aerial tramway in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. The line length is 0.5 km.

The cable and ropeway lines are for visitors to Mount Hiei on the northeastern edge of the city, together with Eizan Electric Railway's Eizan Main Line.

History[edit]

Arashiyama Line[edit]

The Arashiyama Tram opened the line in 1910, with 1,435 mm gauge and electrified at 600 V DC. The Kyoto Electric Light Company acquired the line in 1918, and double-tracked the track between 1925 and 1928. Keifuku acquired the line in 1942.[7][citation needed]

Kitano Line[edit]

The Kyoto Electric Light Company opened the line between 1925 and 1926, and double-tracked the Tokiwa to Narutaki section in 1930. Plans to double-track the rest of the line were abandoned as a result of the economic depression. Keifuku acquired the line in 1942.[7][citation needed]

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Arashiyama Station: A 3 km 1,435 mm gauge line electrified at 600 V DC and dual track except for the Kiyotaki tunnel operated to Kiyotaki between 1929 and 1944. It connected to a 2 km 1,067 mm gauge funicular which climbed 638 m to Atago Jinja on Mount Atago, Kosaku line which operated for the same period. Closed due to war time austerity measures, efforts to re-establish the incline in the 1950s were unsuccessful. (Atagosan Tetsudo (ja))[citation needed]

Etymology[edit]

"Keifuku" is composed of two characters "京" and "福", the former denoting Kyoto and the latter Fukui. As the Kyoto Dento lines used to be in Fukui, the hydraulic source, and in Kyoto, the company took the name "Keifuku".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ 会社概要:京福電気鉄道 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Group Facilities - Keihan Electric Railway". Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  3. ^ JTB Timetable No. 975 (April 2007) (in Japanese). Tokyo: JTB Corporation. pp. 836, 839. 
  4. ^ Wakuda, Yasuo (和久田康雄) (1993). Shitetsushi Handobukku (私鉄史ハンドブック) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Denkisha Kenkyūkai (電気車研究会). p. 127. ISBN 4-88548-065-5. 
  5. ^ Kokudo Kōtsū Shō Tetsudō Kyoku (2003). Tetsudō Yōran (Heisei 15 Nendo) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Denkisha Kenkyūkai. ISBN 4-88548-103-1. 
  6. ^ "会社概要|叡山電車" [Company Profile - Eizan Electric Railway] (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  7. ^ a b "嵐電の歴史" [Randen History] (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-12-14. 

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