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Tokyo Monorail

The Tokyo Monorail connects Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) to JR East’s Hamamatsucho. The monorail is operated by Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd., which is jointly owned by JR East, Hitachi, and All Nippon Airways (ANA).

The lead trailers, which include the driving cab of the six-car train, are without a traction motor to reduce the overall weight of the train. The car body is fabricated using Friction Stir Welded Aluminium alloy panels which offer exceptional strength alongside a lightweight design.

Passenger accommodation consists of a mixture of 4-seat facing bays and longitudinal bench seating, and includes luggage racks next to the doorways. LED lighting is used throughout for a welcoming and clean interior, whilst passenger information is provided by 17-inch wide LCD displays above the doorways. Passenger information is provided in four languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.

The 17.8-kilometer (11.1 mi) line serves 11 stations between the Hamamatsuchō and Haneda Airport Terminal 2 stations. It runs on a predominantly elevated north–south route that follows the western coast of Tokyo Bay.

  • Configuration: 6 cars/train
  • Vehicle Length: 20m
  • Door Type: Sliding Plug Doors
  • Maximum Speed: 80 km/h
  • Power Supply: DC750V
  • Cab Design: Central Driving Position
  • Interiors: Aisle-facing bench seats, forward and rear-facing seats, and seats in the centre of the aisle. The trains also feature extra space for hand luggage, as a convenience for air travelers. Wheelchair space and grab poles are easily located for elderly and disabled passengers. Dual axle bogie technology allows passengers to experience a barrier-free interior, so they are not interrupted by on-board obstructions seen on single axle bogie vehicles. LED illuminations throughout the interior reduce energy consumption by more than 30% against fluorescent lighting and super-wide views from both ends of the train enhance passenger experience.

Daegu Monorail

Daegu Metro Line 3, also called “Sky Rail”, is the 23.9km-long double track monorail line of Daegu Metro Transit Corporation, which operates in Daegu, South Korea. Construction started in June 2009, with operation starting in 23 April 2015, making it South Korea’s first monorail as public transit system.

Hitachi Rail was contracted to deliver the monorail rolling stock, track switches and the signalling system for South Korea’s first straddle-type monorail system. Unveiled in July 2013, a total of train sets comprising 84 cars run on the line. Each monorail vehicle with three carriages is 46.2m in length, 2.9m-wide and 5.24m-high. It has a passenger capacity of 265 and can accommodate up to 398 passengers during the busiest hours. Two special areas for wheelchairs and priority seats for the elderly and disabled people, as well as pregnant women are reserved in the trains.

The vehicles have a maximum operation speed of 70km/h and run at an average speed of 30km/h on Line 3. The body shell is made from aluminium alloy and double skin structure. Straddle-type monorail vehicle which has running wheels on top of track beam and guide and stabilising wheel on both sides of track beam runs along its track beam. An exterior skirt covers around the bogie to reduce noise during operation.

Mist-glass window technology in the passenger areas features liquid-crystal screens that automatically change from transparent to blinds as the monorail runs through residential neighbourhoods, ensuring privacy for people living along the line.

Daegu Metro Line 3 is automatic operated monorail system as GOA 3 (one of AGT system) which connects north west area and south east area of Daegu, which is 2.5 million population city and located in south east of South Korea.

  • Configuration: 3 cars/train
  • Vehicle Length: Head Car 15.1m / Middle Car 13.9m
  • Door Type: Sliding Door
  • Maximum Speed: 70 km/h
  • Power Supply: 1500 V DC Side Contacts
  • Cab Design: Side Contacts
  • Interiors: Long seats and observatory seats (both head cars) are arranged in the vehicle. This ensures the area for wheelchairs, stanchion poles in seats, no steps and fully flat floors can support elderly and disabled people boarding. Security cameras are installed in the vehicle and OCC operators can watch in real-time to prevent crime in the vehicle. Emergency intercoms are located in the vehicle so passengers can talk with train attendants or OCC operators in case of an emergency.