Wakayama Electric Railway Co., which recently mourned the death of its popular feline "stationmaster," has appointed another cat as her successor, hoping the tradition will continue to attract passengers.

The railway, which credited Tama with rescuing it from financial difficulties, issued a letter of appointment Tuesday for Nitama (Tama the Second), a 5-year-old female, to become the master of Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture.

Like her predecessor, who died in June, Nitama is a calico.