The , commonly known as , is the smallest of the seven constituent companies of the Japan Railways Group
(JR Group). It operates intercity and local rail services in the four prefectures
on the island of Shikoku
in Japan. The company has its headquarters in Takamatsu, Kagawa
." Shikoku Railway Company. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.
JR Shikoku operates a railway system of 855.2 km. In 1988 JR Shikoku, unlike other JR companies, discontinued the classification of its rail lines as either main, secondary, or branch lines. Prior to the change, the Dosan, Kōtoku, Tokushima, and Yosan Lines had all been mainlines.
Each line is color-coded and labeled with a letter, in conjunction with which a number is assigned to each station on the line. For example, Naruto Station on the Naruto Line (labeled N) is numbered N10. Although this method is now widely used by rail companies, especially metro
systems in Japan, JR Shikoku was the first JR company to adopt it.
JR Shikoku provides intercity transportation with its limited express
services, connecting major cities on the island of Shikoku with Okayama
. The company also operates local trains.
File:JR shikoku kiha185 blue uzushio 1989.jpg|185 series DMU used for limited express services
File:JR-Shikoku-N2000.jpg|2000 series DMU used for limited express services
File:JR Shikoku 5100gata.jpg|5000 series EMU used for ''Marine Liner'' rapid services
File:Takamatsu Station Train M3766.jpg|8000 series EMU used for limited express services
Category:Companies based in Kagawa Prefecture
Category:Railway companies established in 1987
Category:1987 establishments in Japan