Japan Railway & Transport Review No. 66 (photostories)


Overseas Orders for Japanese Rolling Stock

Sustina is the brand name for stainless-steel rolling stock developed for overseas railways by Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC). The name derives from ‘SUS’ (the abbreviation for stainless steel in the Japan Industrial Standards), and the word ‘sustainable’. The cars feature high corrosion resistance; high strength and high fire resistance leading to long service life and low maintenance costs; and high recyclability. The design has been adopted both by Japanese railways, and also by railway companies around the world, including Thailand (for the Purple Line in Bangkok) and Ireland.

Photo: Sustina design image

Japan Transport Engineering Company

Series 7000
The Series 7000 railcar was built by Kawasaki for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Eight trainsets (64 cars) entered passenger service on 14 April 2015, following a series of on-site tests conducted for 1 year by WMATA. The production contract was awarded in 2010. The new series is expected to replace the old fleet for services to Washington Dulles International Airport.

R188 subway trains are being built by Kawasaki for MTA New York City Transit (NYCT). Kawasaki is contracted to deliver 126 new R188 cars, and to convert 380 older R142A cars. Initial delivery of 23 R188 and conversion of 10 R142A units was announced in January 2014 with Kawasaki scheduled to deliver the rest by mid-2016.

Photo: Kawasaki Series 7000 for WMATA
Photo: R188 subway train for NYCT

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Class 395
The Class 395 (nicknamed Javelin) was the first highspeed train built by a Japanese company to run on a European line. It was developed for service on the HS1 high-speed line connecting St Pancras, London with stations in the towns and cities of Kent, in south east England, and on HS1 to the Channel Tunnel. Hitachi signed the contract in 2005, and the class entered full commercial service on 13 December 2009. The design has earned a high reputation, and won the Rolling Stock Excellence Award at the Eversholt Rail Group Rail Business Awards 2009 in London.

Photo: Class 395 running on HS1 line in UK
Photo: Close-up view of Class 395


Class 800
The Class 800 train, a variant of the AT300, is being built for the Great Western and East Coast main lines in the UK. The trains are expected to enter commercial service on these two lines in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The UK Department for Transport has ordered 866 cars to replace Intercity 125 and Intercity 225 trains used on these lines. 63 cars will be fully electric and 59 will be bi-mode cars equipped with both diesel and electric propulsion.

Photo: Class 800 car at dockside ready for shipping to UK
Photo: Close-up view of Class 800


The Series TEMU2000 was developed in 2012 by Nippon Sharyo for the Taiwan Railways Administration. An additional order for 16 cars in the same series was placed in December 2014. The design features tilt-control using air springs, high fire resistance, high crashworthiness, and barrier-free access.

Photo: Exterior of Series TEMU2000
Photo: Interior of Series TEMU2000

Nippon Sharyo

Dubai Metro Railcar
Kinki Sharyo developed the Class 395 for Dubai Metro, which opened partially on 9 September 2009. The first delivery was in March 2008. The 5-car trainsets consist of one First Class car with a separate compartment for women and children, and four Second Class cars. The cars have wireless LAN, information displays, baggage racks and reserved space for wheelchair users.

Photo: Exterior of Dubai Metro railcar developed by Kinki Sharyo
Photo: Interior of Dubai Metro railcar

Kinki Sharyo