These tram cars rumble over slopes on stone pavements.
The tram cars of Toyohashi began running on July 14, Taisho 14 (1925). Following transfer, discontinuation, and elongation of the rails, the tram cars currently operate on tracks with an operation length of 5.4 km.
In the entirety of Japan, tram cars run on 19 lines in 17 cities. However, Toyohashi is the only place in the Tokai area that operates tram cars.
The line, which connects Tokyohashi eki-mae (station) with the east part of the city, is the only line in Japan that runs on National Highway Route 1. At the junction point near Ibara stop, in the middle of the line, is the sharpest curve (with a radius of 11 meters) in Japan. In Heisei 20 (2008), the purely Japanese-made, full-scale low-floor train “Hottram” was introduced, which contributed the removal of barriers that may be faced by disabled persons.
Regarding the interval of operating during the daytime: between Eki-mae (station) and Akaiwaguchi and between Eki-mae (station) and Undo koen-mae (park), the trains are operated alternately every 14 minutes. Therefore, this line bears the role as the method of transportation for people in the area.
Also, because there are buildings and festivals along the tracks that have a historical and traditional feeling, these trains are also used for tourism. Also, as event trains, the “Cool Beer Train” operated in summer, and the “Oden Train” operates in winter. These trains are known as indicators of the seasons in Toyohashi.
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