On March 15, 1972 a section of the San-Yo Shinkansen, the high-speed railway network of Japan, was completed linking the cities of Shin-Osaka and Okayama. Trains now travel the 165-km distance in exactly one hour. Many aspects of the construction of this section which took 4 1/2 years to complete are described including: the techniques used to break through the faults and fractured zones and moistured soil at the 16.25-km long Rokko tunnel, the boring machine at the Saisho tunnel, the big john for the whole section boring at the Takatsuyama tunnel, the elevated track structure designed to reduce noise and vibration, the Kakogawa bridge where the cantilever block method was resorted to for construction, and the slab track that has drawn world-wide attention as an epoch-making track structure.

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    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • KINBARA, H
    • Kamada, S
  • Publication Date: 1972-6

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  • Accession Number: 00041554
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 6 1974 12:00AM