Saturday, May 4, 2013

Hiroden, Japan's Largest Tram Network


Electric car Hiroden Type 1000 stands at Dobashi Stop
 
Hiroshima is the largest city in Chugoku District. The population now stands at 1.14 million, which is the eleventh largest in Japan. It is also famous for the first city in the world to have been atomic-bombed. Although the downtown area was completely destroyed by the bomb in 1945, it has been reconstructed after WWII.

Hiroshima is also well known among rail fans as Japan's largest tram network city. A total of 7 labyrinthine routes are operated by a private railway company, Hiroshima Electric Railway (Hiroden). Its total operating length is 35.1km.

Hiroden has a rich variety of streetcars. A total of 299 units are operated. The oldest rolling stock was manufactured in 1925; meanwhile the latest one was launched this year. Look at the photos. It is the latest model, the electric railcar Type 1000. It is an articulated three-car tram with two bogies. The bogies are equipped in cars number 1 and 3. In other words, car number 2 doesn't have a bogie... just being floated and being supported by cars number 1 and 3. The other feature of the Type 1000 is its low floor. The height of the cabin floor is only 36cm from the track. Needless to say, this structurally-engineered car is enthusiastically welcomed, especially by old people. A total of two sets have been manufactured so far by Kinki Sharyo, Mitsubishi Heavy Industies and Toyo Denki Seizo.

Electric car Hiroden Type 1000 arrives at Dobashi Stop
 
More information about Hiroshima Electric Railway: http://www.hiroden.co.jp/en/