The Railway Technical Research Institue Open Day 2012
Shinkansen controls. No electronics here!
inside some models
wooden scale models of the nose cones.
The real thing
Machine for testing the devices that hold the rails to the sleepers
another rail fastener testing machine
Samples of different rail fasteners
More Samples of different rail fasteners
Rail welding .first light your fire!
time it carefully.
molten slag escapes
the molten weld material
the raw weld before finishing.
Detailed explanation of the welding.
the final grinding and polishing.
rail snapping device
more heavy machinery
Pantograph testing equipment demonstration
Pantograph testing equipment demostration the big wheel at the top right rotates, the pantograph stays stationary.
Pantograph testing equipment demonstration from the side.
the Hi-Tram . It did not actually use a pantograph, it stores charge in a lithium Ion battery ( http://www.rtri.or.jp/eng/rtri/rd02_E.html )
there was a piano player next to the indoor rock garden.
The model railways were very popular.
pretty large model.
the train driving simulators were popular.
model of the institute campus http://www.rtri.or.jp/eng/index.html
The embankment and bridge test zone
Taiko drummers on your way out