Railway Technical Research Institute
|Railway Technical Research Institute
|Formation||December 10, 1986|
|Purpose/focus||Research and consulting of the railway technology.|
|Headquarters||2-8-38, Hikaricho, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo|
|Leader||Eisuke Masada, chairperson|
|Affiliations||Japan Railways Group|
|Budget||15.3 billion YEN (FY 2009) |
|Staff||512 (as of October 1, 2008)|
RTRI was established in its current form in 1986 just before Japanese National Railways (JNR) was privatised and split into separate JR group companies. RTRI conducts research about everything related to trains, railways and their operation. Funding is received from the government as well as the private railway companies. RTRI works both on developing new railway technology, such as magnetic levitation, and improving the safety and economy of current technology.
Research topics include earthquake detection and alarm systems, systems for detecting obstacles on level crossings, improving adhesion between train wheels and tracks, reducing energy usage, noise barriers and preventing vibrations, among other topics.
RTRI is the main developer behind the Japanese SCMaglev program.
Offices and test facilities
- 844 Shin-Kokusai Bldg. 3-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
- Kunitachi Institute - 2-8-38 Hikari-cho, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo, 185-8540, Japan
- Wind Tunnel Technical Center, Maibara, Shiga
- Shiozawa Snow Testing Station, Minami-Uonuma, Niigata
- Hino Civil Engineering Testing Station, Hino, Tokyo
- Gatsugi Anti-Salt Testing Station, Sanpoku, Niigata
Gauge Change Train
The RTRI is developing a variable gauge system, called the "Gauge Change Train", to allow 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Shinkansen trains to access 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) lines of the original rail network.
- Japan Railway & Technical Review
- Quarterly Report of RTRI - Print: ISSN 0033-9008 Online: ISSN 1880-1765
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