The Rail Way Museum (Omiya, Saitama) 鉄道博物館 Outline
The Railway Museum was built as the centerpiece of the JR East 20th Anniversary Memorial Project and the historical evidence of 100 year Japanese railway technology development.
Please refer to URL: http://www.railway-museum.jp/en/index.htm
Concept of Museum
This Museum is a historical museum that tells the industrial history of the development of the railway system while introducing the historical background of each period with displays of actual models.
It is also an educational museum. People can learn about and experience railway principles, systems, and the latest technologies (including future plans) through models, simulations, and play equipment.
Take the New Shuttle from JR Omiya Station and get off at “Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station”. One-minute walk from “Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station”.
Information for the Access – http://www.railway-museum.jp/en/information.html
Exhibition of Historic Zone (1)
Many Locomotives, being active in Meiji era, are exhibited in the Museum as a visible evidence of challenging Japanese railway technology cultivation. These developments were accomplished by Japanese engineers from the early time of 1870s under the guidance of UK and US engineers.
(1) Dawn of Railways in Japan
Ukiyoe Picture of the First Railway operation, Japan
The first foreign Engineer-in-Chief who guided Japanese railway construction
Japanese engineer and bureaucrat, “Father of Japan’s Railways”
(2) Expanding National Railway Network
On exhibit are carriages which were active from the end of the Meiji to Taisho era when the railway network expanded throughout the country.
Class Nade 6110 Electric Railcar
(Main commuter train on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, manufactured: 1914)
Class 9850 Mallet Steam Locomotive
(Used on steeply graded Hakone section of Tokaido Main Line near GotembaNumber: 9856Year manufactured: 1913)
Exhibition of Historic Zone (3) Railway for people’s daililife
(3) Starting Limited Express and Commuter Transport
On exhibit are carriages used during the golden age of railroad in the pre-World War-II.
Class C57 Steam Locomotive
JNR’s Last steam locomotive used to haul regular passenger trains on Muroran Main Line between Iwamizawa and Muroran in Hokkaido. Year of manufactured: 1940
Class Kumoha 101 Electric Railcar
First JNR EMU with new high performance that debuted in 1957 on Chuo LineNumber: Kumoha 101 902Year manufactured: 1957
(4) Nationwide Limited Express Network
Seeking Speed and Conformity
The advancement of AC electric technology established in the late 50s spread electrified railroads nationwide. With it came the development of trains capable of running on both AC and DC currents.
Class Kuha 481 Electric Railcar
First AC/DC limited express EMU for through services between DC and AC electrified sections in both east (50 Hz) and west (60 Hz) JapanNumber: Kuha 481 26Year manufactured: 1965
(5) Birth of Shinkansen
The Tokaido Shinkansen was the culmination of various technologies accumulated since the Meiji era. On exhibit is the front of the First carriage of the Tokaido Shinkansen Series 0, which enabled it to reach speeds of 200 km/h, a world record at that time.
Series 0 Shinkansen
First Generation of Tokaido Shinkansen. By the appearance of “Series 0”, Japanese railway technology has become to be the world first class and won the global reputation.
Georama and Simulator zone
Big Georama Model, (Scale 25 meter x 8meter)
The several trains and Shinkansen trains are actively running on the HO gage rail in the over 200m2 model of land scape with mountain hills, cities and villages, and forest and plains.
Driving Simulator Zone
Driving simulator using real steam locomotive. Visitors can experience the driving technic through this simulator to operate machines, like expansion valve, Reversing gear, brake, and others. The visitors will be able to get the basic knowledge on the principles of the steam engine and movement of locomotives.
Study Zone of Railway Operation Technology
Many railway technologies are displayed here. The visitors will understand how railway system is managed and operated by observing various machines and tools.
Power Source of Electric Train
Visitors can learn the method of how electric trains receive electric power (through pantographs) and transfer it to the motor power. They are also available primary knowledge about the principles of the steam and diesel engines too.
Power Transmission Device
Visitors can learn the mechanism how the electric power is transferred to the railway wheels, and how control them by using mock models.
Basic Mechanism of Railway Operation
Visitors will be promoted to understand the whole railway mechanisms by examine the railway wheels and other devices exhibited at the study zone
Special Exhibition Zone of Royal Imperial Train
Luxurious artistic Royal Railway Carriages are exhibited at the historical corner as a monument. These carriages were used by the royal families. Visitors will be impressed with their gorgeous artistic interiors which designed by the greatest artisans of the day.
「7号御料車 御料客車」(1914年製造) 鉄道記念物 大正天皇専用御料車。工芸技術の粋を尽くした内装。