Ooigawa Railway is a local railroad company, and has a line along Ooi River.
The main line is from Kanaya on JR Tokaido Line to Senzu, and the
length is 39.5 km.
And Ikawa line from Senzu to Ikawa is the only rack-and-pinion railroad in Japan, and the length is 25.5 km.
Ikawa terminal is at the upper portion of the Ooi River, and there is Ikawa Dam near the station.
The main line has been known for preservation of the steam locomotives
The line has several steam locomotives, and operates a round-trip train by the steam locomotive nearly every day.
This train is popular among tourists, and all seats are reserved.
Other common trains are operated by old electric trains.
Also, the vehicles had ever been used as the limited expresses on some major railroad companies.
The main line runs through the valley formed by Ooi River.
We can see the scenary of tranquil tea farms, forests, Ooi River and mountains.
The train towed by a steam locomotive had disappeared in the 1970s in Japan, so traveling on this train induces nostalgia in many Japanese people.
The train takes about 1 hours and 24 minutes from Kanaya to Senzu.
Ikawa Line is a mountain railroad, and we get on the small train with
The route to Ikawa is very steep, so the train runs though many tunnels and bridges.
Originally this line was built for transportation to construct Ikawa Dam, so the there is few houses along this line.
The last half of the line runs along particularly steep Sesso Canyon.
The train takes about 1 hours and 50 minutes from Senzu to Ikawa.
By local train on JR Tokaido Line, from Shizuoka to Kanaya, about 30 minutes.
Photo by Railstation.net
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