2020 Electric Railway

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Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Suzuki Masahiko 
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Course description and aims

This course deals with electric railway systems which are one of the most important applications of electric machinery. The topics of this course include operation of trains, tracks, feeders, substations, various communications including signal and safety systems, structures, and high-speed railways.
The recent advance in the electric railway technology is quite a remarkable, especially in the characteristic improvements as a high-speed large-capacity transportation method. Recently, the electric railways attract worldwide attention due to the higher oil prices and unpredictable crude oil markets. Particularly, attention has been paid to Japanese electric railway technologies because our country is one of the most leading countries in electrification of the railway system. From this point of view, it is quite important to grasp the significance, technology, operation of the electric railways.

Student learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to learn the following abilities:
1. To explain the roles and functions of electric railways.
2. To explain the necessities of each device or facility composing electric railway systems.
3. To explain the structures and principles of the devices and facilities composing electric railway systems.


Electric railways,electric cars, signal and safety systems, ground facilities, high-speed railways

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
・Applied specialist skills on EEE

Class flow

This course presents the dominant roles, configuration, principles of the electric railway systems in each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of electric railways Understanding of the outline of electric railways
Class 2 Operation of trains and signal/safety systems Understanding of operation of trains and signal/safety systems
Class 3 Tracks, feeding circuits, and substation for electric railways Understanding of tracks, feeding circuits, and substation for electric railways
Class 4 Communication in railway systems Understanding of communication in railway systems
Class 5 Tracks and structures for railway systems Understanding of tracks and structures for railway systems
Class 6 Cars for electric railways Understanding of cars for electric railways
Class 7 Systems for Shinkansen express and other high-speed railways Understanding of systems for Shinkansen express and other high-speed railways

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Masayuki Matsumoto, "Denki Tetsudou,"Morikita Publishing Co., Ltd., ISBN: 4627741820

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Grading is based on reports (100%). The reports will include the roles, functions, necessities, structures and principles of the devices and facilities, safety and so on. From the reports, the basic knowledge and understanding will be evaluated in planing, design, operation, and maintenance of electric railway systems.

Related courses

  • EEE.C201 : Electric Circuits I
  • EEE.C202 : Electric Circuits II
  • EEE.P301 : Electric Machinery and apparatus
  • EEE.P321 : Electric Power Engineering I

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