A Project To Reproduce The Revival Of The Train With A Movie
We introduce a project to reproduce the revival of the train with a movie. Revival of Kyoto city tram will be attracting the attention of railroad fans.
By: Gion Keiben Club
Kyoto Electric Railway opened in 1895 as the first electric streetcar in Japan in commercial operation.
Because of increasing congestion of road traffic, the tram was abolished in 1978. Part of disused cars were sold to other cities in Japan. As of 2017, Hiroshima Electric Railway and Iyo Railway still operate ex-Kyoto tram cars. One of the cars transferred to Hankai Tramway is now preserved at Old Pueblo Trolley in Tucson, Arizona.
Kyoto once had an extensive system of streetcars (trams) up until the 1970's when they were torn up and largely replaced by Kyoto city buses, which before had complemented the trams.
The Kyoto tram network covered an area as far north as Kitaoji Street and as far south as Toji Temple with a line to Fushimi (the first to be built). It extended west as far as Nishioji and as far east as Higashioji and Ginkakuji. (See the old tram map below for routes). At its peak in 1957, the Kyoto tram network covered 76.8km in total with 163 stations.
The Kyoto city tram network was the first such in Japan and began operation in 1895 as part of Kyoto's efforts to reinvent itself following the Japanese emperor's departure to the new capital in Tokyo. It was powered by renewable and clean hydro-electric power generated by the opening of the new Lake Biwa Canal.
The Kyoto city authorities have toyed with the idea of bringing back the trams, which would no doubt be a hit with the city's millions of visitors, but such an outcome is unlikely, unfortunately, such is the dominance of the car in contemporary Japanese cities.
However, the nearest thing to a tram left in Kyoto is the Keifuku Line (Randen) out to Arashiyama.
We introduce a project to reproduce the revival of the train with a movie.
Revival of Kyoto city tram will be attracting the attention of railroad fans.
Gion Keiben Club