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Go, Chinchin train! (Kyoto tram)


With "Ting-ting" Going as the Starting Signal, the First Streetcar Started to Run in 1895


Tramcar crossing the Kamogawa River (1897)
On 1 February 1895, the first streetcar left the Higashinotoin-Shiokoji intersection for its destination about 6km south, Aburagake Street, Fushimi. With the nickname of Chin-chin-densha or Ting-ting streetcar called after the sound of a bell rung by a motorman as the starting signal, the streetcars run by Kyoto Electric Railway Co. Ltd. (Kyoden) were loved by everyone.
At first, passengers could get on and off anywhere. Soon a kind of herald appeared, which was peculiar to Kyoden. It is said that when a streetcar came to a crowded place, a boy got off and cried, "A streetcar is coming!" to warn pedestrians of a danger.
In 1912, a strong rival appeared to Kyoden which had increased the routes besides the firstly operated Fushimi Line. As part of improvement efforts of its comprehensive transportation system including widening of roads, the municipal Government began to run Kyoto City Streetcars. Despite its endeavor to improve business management, Kyoden was purchased by Kyoto City Streetcars after six years of competition.
All the routes of Kyoto City Streetcars, however, were abolished in 1978. Today the Karasuma and Tozai lines of Subway, Kyoto City Buses, etc. have taken over the role of the streetcars.

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