The Operation Control System for the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line

Motoharu Ono, Central Japan Railway Company
Shin Sasaki, Railway Technical Research Institute
Masayuki Takayama, Mito Works, Hitachi, Ltd.
Kazuo Usami, Mito Works, Hitachi, Ltd.
Kazuhiro Sanjyo, Mito Works, Hitachi, Ltd.
Koumei Miyairi, Transportation Systems Division, Hitachi, Ltd.


The Yamanashi Maglev Test Line is the guideway extended to 42.8 km in length starting from Sakaigawa Village to Akiyama Village in Yamanashi Prefecture. At present, approximately 18.4 km of this guideway is designated as the leading section and all-round adjustment tests have been carried out toward the opening of the running test--which is scheduled in the spring of 1997.

The superconducting magnetic levitation (maglev) railway is the transport system propelled by the ground primary linear synchronous motors. Consequently, operation and control of a train are carried out by the electric facilities installed on the ground which have different functions and roles in comparison to the conventional steel wheel system.

Based on the development experiences of the central control equipment and on the collective control equipment delivered to the Miyazaki Test Line, Hitachi, Ltd. has developed the traffic control system, drive control system, onboard control system, and power converters. These equipment items compose the operation control system of the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line in cooperation with the Railway Technical Research Institute and the Central Japan Railway Company.

At present, all the systems have entered the final stage of the combined functional check and adjustment tests in the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line.

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