Production Processes of the Shinkansen train
All trains are manufactured by:
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Rolling Stock Company
The different parts of the train:
(1)Production processes of a nose structure :
Firstly jigs are manufactured as bases for the nose structure, then its framework is assembled on to them.
Boarding processes of a nose structure
Each exterior panel is welded to the framework after bending processes.
Bending process of an exterior panel
Completion of boarding processes
Inside of a nose structure
Most of the nose structures are assembled by hand as there are fewer of them than coaches.
Exterior panels are bent by press machines and roller benders along their subtle curves.
Complicated shapes are formed by hand with hammers.
(2)Production process of a roof structure, side structures, an under-frame structure, and an end structure :
Production process of an under-frame structure
Whole assembly of an under-frame structure
An under-frame structure after the whole assembly process is transferred to the next stage by overhead cranes
Production process of side structures
The most advanced welding machines enable us to weld longer materials.
Finishing process of the interior side of a side structure
Finishing process of the exterior side of a side structure
Open windows from the inside
Production process of a roof structure
The Series 700 Shinkansen train currently adopts double-skin structure shells made of large-scale extrusions for the most part of its body structure.
Inside surface of a double-skin roof structure
Outside surface of a completed double-skin roof structure
Production process of an end structure
An end structure after boarding processes
(3) Completion of a car body structure Installation of heat Insulating materials Painting process Completion of a car body structure :
The body structure of a lead car is completed by combining 6-phase structures including a nose structure.
An inside view of the completed inside to the driver's cab
An inside view of the completed inside to the end structure
It is painted after installing heat insulating materials to the inside of a completed body structure, applying primer paint to the exterior plates, and finishing with putty (to increase smoothness of the surface).
Installation of heat insulating materials
Finishing with putty
(These pictures are of the Series 700 Shinkansen train for Central Japan Railway Company)
The word "rigging" originally is a ship-building term.
It mainly indicates Interior piping, wiring, and interior fitting processes.
Electric devices, pipes, wires, and other service equipment (e.g., passenger cabin furnishings) are installed to the car body structure after painting.
Interior piping and wiring
Interior piping and wiring
Installation of a dirt tank
Wiring under floor
Wiring in the driver's cab
(5) Completion :
-As you see, the Shinkansen train is produced with the fusion of many accumulated technologies and latest high technologies.-
The Series 700 Shinkansen train "Nozomi" for Central Japan Railway Company
Passenger cabin (reserved seats)
Table of a reserved seat
Cabin crew's room
That’s it the train is ready to roll-off on tracks.