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As early as 1920, Hitachi Rail has been providing railroad systems and solutions to suit all kinds of urban planning needs – Total Railway System Integration.

Through accumulated extensive experiences in Japanese railway systems, Hitachi Rail aims to supply a wide range of high quality and reliable products as a Railway System Integrator. Using Hitachi's technologies, Hitachi Rail makes it possible to provide a comfortable moving space characterized by low noise and low vibration that is perfectly adapted to the environment through which the tracks pass. Besides that, with failsafe and energy-saving tilting system installed in existing infrastructure, passengers in Hitachi Tilting Trains will not feel any centrifugal acceleration and hence, the trains can run at higher speed at curves.

Furthermore, Hitachi's monorail system is the best solution for urban amenities. Its rubber tires help to increase traction performance so as to gain better control with steeper grades.

History

Hitachi is the first to manufacture large electric locomotives in Japan and has since produced express trains, Shinkansen, monorails and linear subway with small cross-sections. It is considered as one of only a few comprehensive railway system integrators. In 2005, Hitachi undertook the project of high-speed railcars for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (currently known as High Speed 1) for the UK Department for Transport. Apart from that, Hitachi's monorails can also be seen in Japan, China, Singapore as well as Dubai and have received high praise for eliminating traffic congestion and combating the problem of exhaust gas emissions.

Milestones

1910s

  • Tramway for mines
  • 1.5-ton electric locomotive for mines

1920s

  • Start of steam locomotive
  • Class 8620 was first made for the Ministry of Railways, after the incorporation of the Kasado Works in 1921. It was put in static storage when operations were discontinued in 1975, but was put back into operation for the JR Kyushu Houhi Line under the name "Steam Locomotive Aso BOY" in 1988. It continues operating today as the "Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi" on the Hisatsu Line.
    Class 8620
  • Kasado Works and the Hitachi Works produced Japan's first domestically manufactured large electric locomotive Class ED15 in 1924. It weighed 59 tons, travel at a maximum speed of 64km/h and was mainly used to pull freight.
  • Start of passenger railcar production

1930s

  • 106-ton diesel-electric locomotive was provided to Narita Railway. A larger version of it was seen in 1934 at the East.

1940s

  • Start of train production
  • Subway trainfor Osaka

1950s

  • Shonan train
  • AC electric locomotive
  • Japan's first diesel-electric locomotive
  • Asakazeovernight sleeper express passenger train

1960s

  • DC/AC train
  • Tokaido Shinkansen railcar and Tokyo Monorail railcar

    Tokaido Shinkanse

1990s

  • Narrow gauge electric locomotive with world's largest capacity inverter
  • A-Train concept railcar

2000s

  • Channel Tunnel Rail Link [High Speed 1] railcar for UK

Case Studies

Monorail Delivery Records

This provides you an overview of the Monorail projects completed by Hitachi Rail since its establishment in 1920. Their first monorail project is Tokyo Monorail which was inaugurated on 1964. In 2007, they built their first small-type monorail in Singapore which can be seen in Sentosa; namely the Sentosa Monorail.

High Speed Trains Delivery Records

The carriages for High Speed Trains, or known as Shinkansen by others, were first supplied by Hitachi Rail to Tokaido Shinkansen Line during Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Besides supplying the carriages throughout Japan, Hitachi's High Speed Trains can also be seen in the United Kingdom..

Videos

Total Railway System Integrator

Demand for railway services is growing due to rising environmental awareness and worsening traffic congestions. This video introduces Hitachi's global operations and a comprehensive involvement in rolling stock systems, and transport management and control systems as a total railway system integrator.

Opening Ceremony for Manufacturing Facility in UK

Hitachi held the official opening for its Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in the UK's Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. Trains for the British Government's new InterCity Express Programme (IEP) will be manufactured in this facility.