Railway and the Shingashi River

Railway was acknowledged to be suitable for mass transportation, therefore the Nippon Railway and the Kawagoe Railway were built in the economic sphere around the Shingashi River. Plural railway projects similar to the present Tōjō Line were proposed and hardly realized.

The Tōjō Railway was opened in 1914 connecting Tokyo and Kawagoe. Track length is about 33 km. The following 9 stations were built, Ikebukuro, Shimoitabashi, Narimasu, Hizaori (present-day Asaka), Shiki, Tsuruse, Kamifukuoka, Rokken'machi and Tanomozawa. It merged with the Tōbu Railway in 1920 and was electrified in 1929. The railway superseded the river transportation, connecting Tokyo and Shingashi River basin.


The Tōjō Line Crossing Over the Yanase River: photographed on or about when the Tōjō Line opened.

Parties Concerned with the Establishment of the Tsuruse Station, 1918

Freight of the Tōjō Line: transporting agricultural products to Tokyo, human manure from Tokyo.

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