For thousands of spectators attending the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo this week, transportation to and from the events will be provided by a new subway -- the first in Japan using rubber tyre wheels.
GV EXT subway station.
GV and SV and CU commuters through automatic turnstiles (4 shots)
GV Fountains PAN to commuters through shopping area in subway station (2 shots)
SV Olympic team members in subway.
GV Entrance to platform.
GV Train into station and commuters alight.
CU Rubber wheels PAN to motor
GV PAN Train out of station.
SV Passengers in crowded train (2 shots)
GV PAN train arriving in station.
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Background: For thousands of spectators attending the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo this week, transportation to and from the events will be provided by a new subway -- the first in Japan using rubber tyre wheels.
In 1967, the subway system was mapped out and part of the line designated as a "crash project" for transporting athletes and visitors during the Olympic Games. It was this section that was opened in December last year.
The rubber tyre wheels make for a smoother and quieter ride on the 56 passenger coaches, each with a capacity of 180 persons. Other features of the new system include automatic ticket booking and examination, automatic announcement of information and a fully automated control system for operation of the subway.
SYNOPSIS: Beginning this week, this new subway line will carry over two-hundred thousand people daily to and from the 1972 Olympic Games in Sapporo. Automation is the rule for this new system, with automatic ticket booking and examination, automatic fare adjustment, and a fully automated control system for operation of the subway. Begun in 1967, this first section of the system was given priority for completion because of the Olympic Games.
All of the principal facilities for the games are located near two of the subway stations, easing transportation problems for participants and spectator alike. Travel time using the subway is a third of that when using the bus service. Each of the fifty-six passenger coaches has a capacity of one hundred and eight persons.
The Sapporo subway is the first in Japan to use rubber tyre wheels, which reduce noise level by thirty per cent compared with ordinary iron-wheel subways, as well as making for a smoother ride. The subway also makes use of a guide-rail system similar to the monorail. A pair of guide tyres press against the I-shaped rail at the centre of the track from both sides, thus preventing derailment.