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First Fukuramu low-floor LRV enters service on Fukui Railway

The first F2000 Fukuramu low-floor LRV for the Fukui Railway. (A. Nakamura

The first Fukuramu low-floor LRV for the Fukui Railway. (A. Nakamura

In Japan, the Fukui Railway is taking delivery of three F2000 low-floor trams from Alna Sharyo – the manufacturers of other such super low-floor trams as the ‘Little Dancer’ and the Type 6000 currently being used in Nagasaki.

The 1067mm gauge three-section car is 21.43m long, 2.6m wide, has space for 115 passengers and a top speed of 70km/h. The drive train features three 60kW three-phase induction motors controlled by VVVF (Variable Voltage Variable Frequency) inverters. These are designed to not only provide smooth ride comfort, require little maintenance and offer considerable savings in power.

The Fukui Railway is a bus and railway company located in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Although most of the companies’ revenue is generated by local and long-distance bus transport, the rail line was opened in 1924 to facilitate the transit of Imperial army soldiers. The company owns and operates the 21.5km Fukubu line from Fukui to Echizen-Takefu which was formed after the merger of the Fukubu Electric Railway and Seiho Electric Railway in 1945.