Sangi Railway

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A Sangi Line 101 series train

Sangi Railway Co., Ltd. (三岐鉄道株式会社?, Sangi Tetsudō) is a private railway company in Mie Prefecture, Japan, which also operates bus lines. The company was founded in 1928 and its initial line, the Sangi Line, originally functioned as a freight line transporting cement, but in recent years it became important as a commuter railway line for Yokkaichi. The Hokusei Line was transferred from Kintetsu ownership in 2003, when Kintetsu abandoned the line. Whereas the Sangi Line has a track gauge of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), the Hokusei Line is one of only a few 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) narrow gauge lines remaining in the country.

History[edit]

The Sangi Line was opened by Onoda Cement in 1931 as a freight-only line to service its cement plant at Nishi-Fujiwara. Passenger services were introduced in 1952, and in 1954, the line was electrified at 1,500 V DC, and the company purchased an electric locomotive from JNR to haul its cement trains. CTC signalling was commissioned on the line in 1974.

Rolling stock[edit]

Sangi Line[edit]

EMUs[edit]

  • 801 series - Former Seibu 701 series trains acquired in 1989
  • 101 series - Former Seibu 401 series trains acquired in 1990
  • 851 series - Former Seibu 701 series trains acquired in 1995
  • 751 series 3-car EMUs - Former Seibu 101 series trains acquired in 2009[1]

Electric locomotives[edit]

Hokusei Line[edit]

EMUs[edit]

  • 130 series - Built in 1954
  • 200 series - Built in 1959
  • 140 series - Built in 1960
  • 270 series - Built in 1977

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō (鉄道ダイヤ情報) March 2009 issue, p.70-71
  2. ^ ELダイヤ情報21 [Electric Loco Timetable Information 21]. Tokyo, Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. October 2012. p. 72. ISBN 978-4330320120. 

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