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Japanese Railway Society
Railway Society (JRS) was founded in 1991 in
London to promote the knowledge of the
railways of Japan in the UK &
other non-Japanese-speaking parts of the world. Since 1991, there have
several activities like exhibitions (also of railway models), a TV-show
Naruhodo The World, Fuji TV),
many meetings in the United Kingdom, Germany, the
and many guided tours to and meetings in Japan.
Our membership is now more than 200 people in over 10 countries
this issue: -
Editorial, Shop, Letters * Chairman’s Chat * Book Review * Annual
General Meeting * News Update * Celebration of the 100th Aniversary of
Sotetsu * Odakyu: Completion of Setagaya Tunnel * All Change at Chiryu
(2) * JR Central 10 and 30 years on * Exploring Kansai by Private
Railway * Type 97 Military Freight Car and Oi River * Japan’s
Winter Wetland Train * Heritage, Preserved and ‘Flower’ Trams *
JRS Class 800 Bonenkai 2017 * JRS Japan 2018 New Year’s Meeting * Rail
Related Cafes: Miniature World Café * 25 Years have passed since I
lived in London * Model-In: Modelling Calendar *
- Details of our
upcoming events may be found here
Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railway
This month we take a look at the Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railway (Kotoden), a privately operated system of 3 lines in the Takamatsu area of Shikoku.
All Photos: Anthony Leith, taken 2nd March 2018.
Kotoden's longest line is the 33 Km long Kotohira Line, running from the terminal station of Takamatsu-Chikkō to Kotoden-Kotohira, where Car 1087 had just arrived. Kotoden's 1080 series EMU's originally operated on the Keikyū Railway in the Greater Tōkyō area as their 1000 series from their construction in the early 1960's until the late 1980's. Nearby this station is Shikoku's largest shrine.
Kotoden's Nagao Line branches from the Kotohira Line at Kawaramachi, running 14 Km's south east from Central Takamatsu. Almost all services continue through to Takamatsu-Chikkō where 1308 had just arrived at Platform 3. The Kotoden 1300 series were also formerly Keikyū's 1000 series, however these cars are a later build and date from the mid 1970's.
Kotoden's shortest line is the 12km Shido Line, which while commencing from Kawaramachi, is physically isolated from the rest of the system. The connection at Kawaramachi being lost as a result of the construction of the building above Kawaramachi station in the mid 1990's. Car 801 was seen arriving at Kotoden-Yashima. The rolling stock on this line formerly operated on Nagoya Municipal Subway's Higashiyama Line.
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