Railway Technical Research Institute

Railway Technical Research Institute (鉄道総合技術研究所, Tetsudō Sōgō Gijutsu Kenkyūsho), or RTRI (鉄道総研, Tetsudō Sōken), is the technical research company under the Japan Railways group of companies.

Railway Technical Research Institute
財団法人鉄道総合技術研究所
Stylised capital J and R in blue
RTRI's logo
AbbreviationRTRI
FormationDecember 10, 1986; 34 years ago (1986-12-10)
TypeJapanese Foundation
PurposeRailway technology research and consulting
Headquarters2-8-38, Hikaricho, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo
Location
  • Japan
Region served
Japan
Official language
Japanese
LeaderMasao Mukaidono, chairperson
AffiliationsJapan Railways Group
Budget
15.3 billion YEN (FY 2009) [1]
Staff
512 (as of October 1, 2008)
Websitewww.rtri.or.jp
Railway Technical Research Institute in Kokubunji, Tokyo

OverviewEdit

RTRI was established in its current form in 1986 just before Japanese National Railways (JNR) was privatised and split into separate JR group companies. It conducts research on everything related to trains, railways and their operation. It is funded by the government and private rail companies. It works both on developing new railway technology, such as magnetic levitation, and on improving the safety and economy of current technology.

Its research areas include earthquake detection and alarm systems, obstacle detection on level crossings, improving adhesion between train wheels and tracks, reducing energy usage, noise barriers and preventing vibrations.

 
JR's first experimental magnetic levitation train, ML100, on display outside RTRI

RTRI is the main developer in the Japanese SCMaglev program.

Offices and test facilitiesEdit

 
 
 
Gatsugi
 
 
Shiozawa
 
Wind Tunnel
 
Kunitachi
RTRI 
  Research facilities   Office

Main officeEdit

  • 844 Shin-Kokusai Bldg. 3-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

Research facilitiesEdit

Gauge Change TrainEdit

The RTRI is developing a variable gauge system, called the "Gauge Change Train", to allow 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) Shinkansen trains to access 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) lines of the original rail network.[2]

PublicationsEdit

  • Japan Railway & Technical Review
  • Quarterly Report of RTRI - Print: ISSN 0033-9008 Online: ISSN 1880-1765

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