Saturday, 26 May 2018

Railway High Schools in Tokyo

Entrance of Showa Tetsudo (Railway) High School

There are two railway high schools in Tokyo. One is Iwakura High School, and the other is Showa Tetsudo High School. Today, I am going to show you the latter school.

Showa Tetsudo High School (Showa Railway High School) was established in 1928 to foster human resources for the railway industry. It is the only high school with "railway" in its name in Japan. So far, more than 17,000 people graduated from this school, and many of them got jobs in railway companies.

The campus is located near Kita-Ikebukuro station on the Tobu-Tojo line. Its entrance is quite unique, as it looks like a stainless-steel electric car. According to the school website, they have many railway-related facilities in the campus such as a driving simulator of the EMU JR East 205 series, relay interlocking devices, an automatic door of the EMU ex-JNR 101 series and so on.

They also have real rolling stock in their campus. For instance, I found an electric car, Unit 685, of the EMU Eidan (present Tokyo Metro) 500 series across the school fence. This precious electric car was built in 1961 by Kinki Sharyo. After travelling about 3 million kilometers on the subway Marunouchi line, Unit 685 was retired from the track in 1992. Currently, Unit 685 spends its second life in this school as a precious study material. 

I think that the pupils of Showa Tetsudo High School are happy, as they are surrounded by good railway facilities. Good luck!

Unit 685 of the EMU Eidan (present Tokyo Metro) 500 series