Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Motorized Track Systems

Motorized track systems

Most of Japan is covered by mountainous terrain. These areas are impractical for construction but you will note that there are sometimes small structures which exist in the absence of road access. This buildings include shrines, temples, monuments, landslide retaining walls, hiking facilities, etc.

The the construction and maintenance of these improvements can be a difficult task that requires heavy building materials in areas which are arduous climbs for light packing hikers. So to assist construction workers heavy loads are carried up steep terrain on mobile carts. Sometimes these carts have caterpillar treads.

 Another solution involves setting up track systems on which motorized carts run.
Below are photos of two such examples of the typical track system that is seen around Japan.
The systems usually consist of a hollow steel beam on support pipes. The track has a toothed pattern which meshes with the gear drive gasoline powered traction engine.

Here is an example of the payload cart of the system. This example has an open side so accommodate visitors who can not make it up the stairs. This is at Isakiji Temple in Shiga prefecture.

Here is an example of the rail/scaffolding of the system. At Isakiji Temple.
Seen here during the Saotobi Diving Ritual.

Here a track can be seen scaling Mt. Tennou in Kyoto prefecture. Here the track is going directly up the steep mountain through a bamboo forest, though most of the track on the mountain runs parallel to a foot path.

A lift chair that follows a floor mounted pipe rail.
Seen here at the Barrie Free Expo.

A wheelchair platform lift that follow a wall mounted pair of rails that are notched on the bottom for the lift system to maintain traction while being smooth on the top to act as a handrail.
Seen here at the Barrie Free Expo.

A spiraling chair lift system which has a toothed top rail similar to the outdoor cargo lifts.
Seen here at the Barrie Free Expo.