IR Ishikawa Railway

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IR Ishikawa Railway
Native name
IRいしかわ鉄道
Type Third sector
Genre Rail transport
Founded28 August 2012
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Ishikawa Prefecture
Services Passenger railway
Website ishikawa-railway.jp

The IR Ishikawa Railway (IRいしかわ鉄道株式会社, IR Ishikawa Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese third-sector railway company established in 2012 to operate passenger railway services on the section of the JR West Hokuriku Main Line within Ishikawa Prefecture. The main line was separated from the JR West network on 14 March 2015, coinciding with the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension from Nagano to Kanazawa. The company was founded on 28 August 2012 and has its headquarters in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. [1]

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Shareholders

Shares in the company are owned by Ishikawa Prefecture, the city of Kanazawa, the town of Tsubata, and private-sector businesses. [1]

IR Ishikawa Railway Line

IR Ishikawa Railway Line
Overview
Native nameIRいしかわ鉄道線
OwnerIR Ishikawa Railway
Locale Ishikawa Prefecture
Termini Kanazawa
Kurikara
Stations5
Service
Type Regional rail
Rolling stock 521 series EMUs
History
Opened1 November 1898
Technical
Line length17.8 km (11.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 20 kV AC (60 Hz)
Route map
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0.0Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
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Horikawa
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Kanazawa Depot
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2.6Kanazawa Freight Terminal
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17.8Kurikara
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Ainokaze Toyama Railway

From 14 March 2015, the IR Ishikawa Railway took over control of local passenger operations on the 17.8 km section JR West Hokuriku Main Line between Kanazawa and Kurikara, with five stations (although Kanazawa Station remains under the control of JR West). [2]

Service outline

All services inter-run either to and from the Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line (and Echigo Tokimeki Railway Nihonkai Hisui Line) to the east or over the JR West Nanao Line branching off at Tsubata. [2] Limited-stop "Rapid" services named Ainokaze Liner (あいの風ライナー) are operated between Kanazawa and Tomari by Ainokaze Toyama Railway during the weekday morning and evening peaks, but these do not serve any IR Ishikawa Railway stations other than Kanazawa. [2] Noto Kagaribi (Kanazawa - Wakura-Onsen ) and Thunderbird (Osaka - Wakura-Onsen) limited express services also operate over the section of the line between Kanazawa and Tsubata, with some services calling at Tsubata. [2]

Stations

StationJapaneseDistance
(km)
RapidTransfersLocation
Kanazawa 金沢0.0O Hokuriku Main Line
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Hokuriku Railroad Asanogawa Line (Hokutetsu-Kanazawa)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Higashi-Kanazawa 東金沢2.6|
Morimoto 森本5.4|
Tsubata 津幡11.5| Nanao Line Tsubata, Ishikawa
Kurikara 倶利伽羅17.8| Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line

Rolling stock

The company operates a fleet of five two-car 521 series EMU trains; three second-batch sets (10, 14, and 30) were transferred from JR West, and two third-batch sets (55 and 56) were newly built. The two new sets were initially delivered in February 2015 in standard JR West livery but were repainted into the IR Ishikawa Railway livery before entering service. [3] Trains are normally operated as two- or four-car formations. [3]

As of 1 April 2015, the 521 series fleet is as follows. [4]

Set no.Former set no.ManufacturerDelivery dateLivery accent colour
521-0 series
IR0110 Kinki Sharyo 22 December 2009 Light green
IR0214Kinki Sharyo2 March 2010 Purple
IR0330 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 15 February 2011 Indigo
IR0455Kinki Sharyo6 February 2015 Ochre
IR0556Kinki Sharyo6 February 2015 Maroon
521-100 series
IR06-Kinki Sharyo3 December 2020-
IR07-Kinki Sharyo3 December 2020-
IR08-Kinki Sharyo3 December 2020-

History

The line eastward from Kanazawa was opened on 1 November 1898 on the Hokuriku Main Line. [5] With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the line came under the control of JR West. [5]

The new third-sector operating company was founded on 28 August 2012 [1] and was renamed IR Ishikawa Railway from 1 August 2013. [6] The company was formally granted a railway operating license by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on 28 February 2014. [7]

See also

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