Railway Technical Terminology Dictionary by RTRI

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The descriptions in the following figures are given in English only.

  • Figure 1 commuter train-exterior view and detailed description

  • Figure 2 carriage-detailed description

  • Figure 3 bullet train-schematic diagram

  • Figure 4 bullet train-bolsterless truck

  • Figure 5 cardan driving device-detailed description

  • Figure 6 wheelset-detailed description

  • Figure 7 DC electronic locomotive-exterior and machine room view

  • Figure 8 air brake

  • Figure 9 electric brake

  • Figure 10 bridge-construction

  • Figure 11 bridge-technical description (1)

  • Figure 12 bridge-technical description (2)

  • Figure 13 tunnel-detailed description (1)

  • Figure 14 tunnel-detailed description (2)

  • Figure 15 overhead contact line-construction

  • Figure 16 track-detailed description

  • Figure 17 curve-detailed description

  • Figure 18 turnout-detailed description

  • Figure 19 natural desasters-prevention work

  • Figure 20 snow protection facilities

  • Figure 21 crossing safety facilities-detailed description

  • Figure 22 electric point machine

  • Figure 23 maglev-basic elements

  • Figure 24 maglev-power supply system

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    technical terminology
  • technical terms were generally adopt from the ministry of technologie (constructional engineering, architecture, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, et cetera) as well as japanese industry standard(JIS),however different interpretations may occur; technical expressions related to railway technical terms and current expressions may also slighty differ.