Illustrated Guide to Hibaku Streetcar no. 650 (Driver’s Seat)


Illustrations: Mitsuko Onodera
Source: 75 Years of Hibaku Streetcars (The Mediasion, Co., Ltd.)

Switch to return an activated line breaker to its original state.

Inside are the on and off switches for the intercom, announcement system, controls, interior carriage lights, headlight, taillight, etc.

There are eight notches, representing eight speeds, on the master controller: four in a series and four parallel to one another. By gradually pushing the lever to a higher notch, the speed of the streetcar increases.

Handle that controls the direction in which the streetcar travels. The number of the streetcar is engraved on the handle. Both this handle and the brake lever can be detached and function as the keys to the streetcar.

When a passenger presses the button to disembark, this lamp flashes to let the driver know to stop.

Stand for the streetcar timetable.

Brake shoes are applied using air pressure to stop the carriage. The brake level can be detached.

Records video footage from the front of the streetcar.

Displays the pressure of the air reservoir beneath the carriage. The air reservoir is a very important tank of air used for the brakes and opening/closing doors. Streetcar drivers constantly monitor this gauge while driving.

Rolls the destination sign names of the streetcar’s final destination in the display window.

Made of wood, brake blocks are used to stop the train from moving when it needs to stopped for extended periods of time; placed between the rail and the wheels.

Passes the electric current from the current collector on the roof to the inside of the streetcar and into the motors of the wheeled platforms. By using the master controller, located above the driver, it allows the driver to control the flow of electricity and adjust the speed of the streetcar.

Panel with various indicators (doors closing, power warning, etc.), a switch for opening/closing doors, announcement system, microphone, windshield washer button, and windshield wiper switch.

Sounds the horn when pressed with the driver’s heel.

Automatically shuts off controls and, at the same time, activates the safety tank and immediately stops the streetcar. Another emergency button is also located in the passenger carriage.

Has “Keep On” written on it. When the auxiliary power breaker is turned off, it shuts out the supply of auxiliary power.

Houses a 24V no-fuse breaker for the announcement system, one-man system, fare collection box, etc.