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Track switches are critical to the successful operation of any train based transit system and must be highly reliable. Hitachi's monorail track switch design has an unsurpassed record of accident free service from 1964 at the Tokyo Monorail, which is Japan's first urban transit monorail system, and have been installed at all other Hitachi urban transit monorail systems in operation. Utilizing a section of the track beam itself, Hitachi's track switch provides a smooth transition between lines.

Track Switch Designs

Hitachi offers a wide variety of track switches for monorail systems, from two-way up to five-way. Therefore, transit authorities have a great deal of options in planning train operations on main service lines, as well as the ability to significantly reduce the area needed at the train depot. Hitachi also offers flexible track switches to improve passenger comfort.

 

Track Switch Designs








2-way
(single sided)
2-way
(double sided)
Cross Way 3-way 4-way 5-way Scissors Transfer with
escape track

Depot Track Layout

By selecting from the various track switches offered by Hitachi, transit authorities have more operational options, as well as the ability to reduce train depot size, as illustrated below.

Depot Track Layout

Flexible Switching

Besides Hitachi‘s standard switch design, we also offer a unique flexible switch design (at main lines) which smoothes the side curves of switch beams to enhance passenger comfort.