Gauge Change Train

The Gauge Change Train (GCT) or Free Gauge Train (フリーゲージトレイン?, "FGT") is the name given to a Japanese project started in 1994 to develop a high-speed train with variable gauge axles to allow inter-running between the 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge Shinkansen network, and the 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge regional rail network.

Two three-car "GCT" electric multiple unit (EMU) trains have been built for testing. The first train was built in 1998 and withdrawn in 2006. A second train was built in 2006, and, as of March 2012, is still undergoing testing.

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High-speed Rail In Japan - Future - Gauge Change Train
... This is the name for the concept of using a single train that is specially designed to travel on both 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge railway lines and the 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard ... The trucks/bogies of the Gauge Change Train (GCT) allow the wheels to be unlocked from the axles, narrowed or widened as necessary, and then relocked ... This allows a GCT to traverse both standard gauge and narrow gauge tracks without the expense of regauging lines ...
Gauge Change Train - Further Reading
... Takao, Kikuo Uruga, Kenichi (August 2003), "Gauge Change EMU Train Outline", QR of RTRI 44 103–108 "New GCT train hampered by speed, weight problems" ...
Railway Technical Research Institute - Gauge Change Train
... The RTRI is developing a variable gauge system, called the "Gauge Change Train", to allow 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Shinkansen trains to access 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in ...

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