Sanyo Electric Railway

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Sanyo Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
San'yō Denki Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha
TypePublic KK
TYO: 9052[a]
OwnerHanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (17.38%)
Sanyo Electric Railway headquarters in Nagata, Kobe, Hyogo
Sumaura-kōen Station

The Sanyo Electric Railway Company, Ltd. (山陽電気鉄道株式会社, San'yō Denki-tetsudō kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese private railway operating company based in western Hyōgo Prefecture. It runs local and express rail service between Himeji and Kobe, and also connects directly with Hanshin Main Line to Osaka.

Although the Hanshin Electric Railway Co. (which owns the Hanshin Main Line) is its largest shareholder, the company is not a member of the Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group.

Train lines[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

As of 1 April 2014, the company owns and operates the following train types.[1]

New three-car 6000 series EMUs were introduced on 27 April 2016.[2]


Sanyo also operates bus service in Kobe (mainly Tarumi-ku) and Akashi.

Aerial lift[edit]


  1. ^ Formerly traded only in the Osaka Exchange prior to its merger with the Tokyo Stock Exchange; after the merger, the railway moved its listing to TSE.
  1. ^ 私鉄車両編成表 2014 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2014] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 24 July 2014. p. 157. ISBN 978-4-330-48414-3.
  2. ^ 山陽電鉄6000系が営業運転を開始 [Sanyo Electric Railway 6000 series enters revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.

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