Shikoku Railway Company

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Shikoku Railway Company
Native name
四国旅客鉄道株式会社
Romanized name
Shikoku Ryokaku Tetsudō ("Shikoku Passenger Railway") kabushiki gaisha
Type State-owned KK
Industry Private railway
Predecessor Japanese National Railways (JNR)
FoundedApril 1, 1987 (privatization of JNR)
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Shikoku
Key people
Masafumi Izumi (CEO) [1]
Services Passenger rail
Freight services
Intercity bus
Revenue31.35 billion yen (2007)
Total assets 357.137 billion yen (2007)
Total equity 3.5 billion yen
Owner Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (100%)
Number of employees
2,942 (as of April 1, 2007)
Subsidiaries JR Shikoku Bus
Website www.jr-shikoku.co.jp

The Shikoku Railway Company (四国旅客鉄道株式会社, Shikoku Ryokaku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha), commonly known as JR Shikoku (JR四国, Jei-āru Shikoku), is the smallest of the seven constituent companies of the Japan Railways Group (JR Group). It operates 855.2 kilometres (531.4 mi) of intercity and local rail services in the four prefectures on the island of Shikoku in Japan. The company has its headquarters in Takamatsu, Kagawa. [2]

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Lines

JR Shikoku railway network LineMap JRshikoku jp.png
JR Shikoku railway network

In 1988 JR Shikoku, unlike other JR companies, discontinued the classification of its rail lines as either main, secondary, or branch lines. Prior to the change, the Dosan, Kōtoku, Tokushima, and Yosan Lines had all been main lines.

Each line is color-coded and labeled with a letter, in conjunction with which a number is assigned to each station on the line. For example, Naruto Station on the Naruto Line (labeled N) is numbered N10. Although this method is now widely used by rail companies, especially metro systems in Japan, JR Shikoku was the first JR company to adopt it.

Line
color
AbbreviationLineJapaneseTermini
Main Lines
 (none) Honshi Bisan Line [* 1] 本四備讃線Kojima – Utazu
 Y Yosan Line Main Line予讃線Takamatsu – Matsuyama
UMatsuyama – Mukaibara
Branch Line (New Line)Mukaibara – Uchiko
Uchiko Line 内子線Uchiko – Niiya
Yosan LineBranch Line (New Line)予讃線Niiya – Iyo-Ōzu
Main LineIyo-Ōzu – Uwajima
 SMain Line (Old Line)Mukaibara – Iyo-Ōzu
 T Kōtoku Line 高徳線Takamatsu – Tokushima
 D Dosan Line 土讃線Tadotsu – Kōchi
KKōchi – Kubokawa
 B Tokushima Line 徳島線Tsukuda – Sako
Other Lines
 M Mugi Line 牟岐線Tokushima – Kaifu
 N Naruto Line 鳴門線Ikenotani – Naruto
 G Yodo Line 予土線Wakai – Kita-Uwajima
  1. Part of the Seto-Ōhashi Line connecting Okayama to Shikoku via the Great Seto Bridge.

Train services

JR Shikoku provides intercity transportation with its limited express services, connecting major cities on the island of Shikoku with Okayama on Honshū. The company also operates local trains.

Major named trains of JR Shikoku
TypeNameEndpoints and major intermediate stations
(Stations outside of Shikoku in parentheses)
Train type
Limited
Express
Ashizuri Kōchi (Nakamura) 2000 series DMU
Ishizuchi Takamatsu Matsuyama Uwajima 2000 series DMU, 8000 series EMU
Muroto Tokushima Anan Kaifu KiHa 185 series DMU
Nanpū (Okayama) Kōchi Nakamura Sukumo 2000 series DMU
Uwakai Matsuyama Uwajima 2000 series DMU
Uzushio (Okayama) Takamatsu Tokushima KiHa 185 series DMU, 2000 series DMU
Shimanto Takamatsu Kōchi (Nakamura) (Sukumo) 2000 series DMU
Shiokaze (Okayama) Matsuyama Uwajima 2000 series DMU, 8000 series EMU
Tsurugisan Kaifu Tokushima Anabuki Awa-Ikeda KiHa 185 series DMU
Sunrise Seto (Tokyo) Takamatsu 285 series EMU sleeper (operated by JR West and JR Central)
Rapid Marine Liner (Okayama) Takamatsu 5000 series EMU (operated by JR Shikoku)
223-5000 series EMU (operated by JR West)

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References

  1. "会社案内:JR四国". Jr-shikoku.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  2. "Company Information Archived 2010-03-24 at the Wayback Machine ." Shikoku Railway Company. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.