Saturday, 24 August 2019

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Japan is known worldwide for its high speed rail network and one of the famous early 'Bullet Trains' is displayed in the UK transport Mueum in York.

Japan have their own museum. SCMAGLEV and Railway Park Museum in Nagoya shows the advances in high speed railway through rolling stock displays, which include the Superconducting Magnetically Levitated Vehicle (Maglev), as well as historic railway rolling stock.

In the spacious and well-lit main hall, trains are lined up side-by-side, new on the left to old on the right. A so called Yellow Doctor is on show, one of the yellow-painted shinkansen that analyze the tracks and cables to make sure there are no issues or imperfections that would cause serious issues when hit by a few hundred tons of high-speed steel and aluminum.

This park offers a place to learn how the railway has impacted society, economy, culture and lifestyle.

Visitors can enjoy learning through the numerous models and simulators.

 Class C62 Steam Locomotive - Fastest narrow gauge steam locomotive 
 Class 955 Shinkansen
Before the Shinkansen first opened in the '60s it took nearly 7 hours to get from Tokyo to Osaka by train. The Shinkansen made that trip in less than half the time. Decades of improvements mean that now it takes less than 2.5 hours.

  MLX 101 -1 Maglev
Maglev trains work on the principle of magnetic repulsion between the cars and the track. The word maglev is actually a combination of the words “magnetic” and “levitation.” The magnetic levitation, or floating of the train, is achieved through the use of an electrodynamic suspension system, or EDS.
In April 2015, a manned superconducting Maglev train broke two previous land speed records for rail vehicles. The train was clocked at 603 kilometres per hour or 375 mph.
 Series N700 Shinkansen
 Hoji 6005 Steam passenger car

Full information about the museum and the fascinating collection of rolling stock here