Kisha Seizo

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Works number 11 (JNR locomotive No. 233)
Builder's plate of No. 233

Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd. (汽車製造株式会社, Kisha Seizō Kabushiki Gaisha) was a Japanese manufacturer of railway rolling stock that existed from 1896 to 1972.

  • 1896: Established by Masaru Inoue as the Kisha Seizo Joint Stock Company (汽車製造合資会社, Kisha Seizō Gōshi Kaisha).
  • 1899: Factory opened in Osaka.
  • 1901: Merged with the Hiraoka Factory (平岡工場, Hiraoka Kōjō), a coach and car maker in Tokyo. The two plants were reorganized as the Osaka Head Office and the Tokyo Branch.
  • 1912: Becomes Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd. (汽車製造株式会社) after corporate restructuring.
  • 1936: Head office moved to Tokyo; Osaka Head Office becomes Osaka Branch.
  • 1944: The two branches (factories) renamed Osaka Works and Tokyo Works respectively.
  • 1968: Construction of railway wagon factory in Utsunomiya.
  • 1972: Merged with Kawasaki Heavy Industries.[1]

Further reading[edit]

Japan Association of Railway Industries, Japan Rolling Stock Exporters' Association (1955). Rolling stock & parts. Bunshodo.

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