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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:20 AM   #181
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Old February 28th, 2012, 10:11 AM   #182
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Old March 15th, 2012, 04:52 AM   #183
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Hey guys?

I was derping around on Google maps around my hometown in Hsinchu, when I found this picture in the Liujia HSR Depot:

http://v24.nonxt2.c.bigcache.googlea...rect_counter=1

Anyone care to explain why there is a 0-series Shinkansen in the yard? It's clearly not operating and seems to be more of a relic.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 06:13 AM   #184
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Hey guys?

I was derping around on Google maps around my hometown in Hsinchu, when I found this picture in the Liujia HSR Depot:

http://v24.nonxt2.c.bigcache.googlea...rect_counter=1

Anyone care to explain why there is a 0-series Shinkansen in the yard? It's clearly not operating and seems to be more of a relic.
Might be the track inspection unit like Dr.Yellow in Japan
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Old March 15th, 2012, 08:16 AM   #185
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It's not. The rust on the train obviously means that it's not maintained, and I've heard from real THSR staff that they have special inspection units.

Furthermore, if they really WERE going to use a 0 series for inspections, then where is the rest of the train?
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Old March 15th, 2012, 08:45 AM   #186
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It's car 21-5036, which apparently was used as a loading gauge clearance check car.

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%...est_Car_04.jpg

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%...est_Car_03.jpg

Blog post. Scroll down to see more shots of this car:
http://www.east-asia-railroad.com/starthp/subpage67.htm
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Old November 25th, 2012, 12:12 PM   #187
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Old November 25th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #188
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 10:00 AM   #189
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TSHR 700T units at KHI's Hyogo Plant. The first batch are due to be delivered sometime this month (?):


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Old January 3rd, 2013, 03:41 PM   #190
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Fri, Dec 28, 2012
High-speed rail prices to stay same
Taipei Times Excerpt

The prices of high-speed rail tickets are not going to rise before the Lunar New Year holiday next February, Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo said yesterday, adding that the ministry would conduct a comprehensive review of the system’s pricing mechanism.

“We currently have no plan [to raise ticket prices],” Mao said.

Mao made the announcement at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee to review the high-speed rail’s budget and construction funds for next year.

While Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) had just welcomed its 200-millionth passenger earlier this month, the operator faced mounting criticism at the committee.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Kun-tse said the system had failed to reach its target of 150,000 passengers per day because ticket prices are too high. He added that fares are even higher than those of the Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Railway in China that was launched on Wednesday.

He said that THSRC should lower fares to boost the occupancy rate.

DPP legislators Yeh Yi-jin and Kuan Bi-ling also opposed raising ticket prices.

Yeh said there would be high-speed rail stations in Yunlin, Miaoli and Changhwa counties by 2014. With the addition of these three new stations to the route, the travel time on the high-speed rail from Taipei to Kaohsiung would increase by 30 minutes if the train stops at every station, he added.

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According to Mao, THSRC has accumulated financial losses of about NT$70 billion (US$2.3 billion) and collective loans of about NT$30 billion.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 03:12 PM   #191
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Construction of Yunlin HSR station set to start
BREAKING GROUND : Construction of stations in the two other counties still without HSR stations, Miaoli and Changhua, will start on Jan. 25 and Feb. 6 respectively
Taipei Times
Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Construction of the high-speed rail (HSR) station in Yunlin County is scheduled to commence in Huwei Township (虎尾) tomorrow, with costs to exceed NT$1.5 billion (US$51.8 million).

Yunlin County is one of the three counties that do not yet have high-speed rail stations, along with Miaoli and Changhua counties.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國), Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) chairman Ou Chin-der (歐晉德), Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen (蘇治芬) and other dignitaries have been invited to attend the ground-breaking ceremony.

The Bureau of High Speed Rail said the construction of the high-speed rail stations in Miaoli and Changhua would be launched on Jan. 25 and Feb. 6 respectively.

All three new stations are to become operational by 2015, the bureau added.

Meanwhile, the bureau said that the government has completed the building of the high-speed rail station in Taipei’s Nangang (南港) district and handed it over to the THSRC to install the machinery and railway tracks. The contract stipulates that the company must complete the work by 2015.

The bureau said the company would need to re-examine its operational model because the number of stations has increased from eight to 12, and the travel time of the express train service from Taipei to Kaohsiung must not exceed 96 minutes.

THSRC estimated that travel time from Taipei to Kaohsiung would increase to two-and-a-half hours if the train stops at every station along the route except Nangang.

Because the station in Yunlin is in Huwei Township, whose name is literally translated as “a tiger’s tail,” THSRC said that the architecture would convey the imagery of a tiger’s stripes and tail.

Because Yunlin County is known to have a land subsidence problem, the company said it planned to adopt a new construction method to ensure the stability of the new station, which is on an overpass. Instead of using dirt to refill the ground under the overpass, the company is planning to use solid and high-density expandable polystyrene (EPS) to fill the ground to avoid additional sinkage.

The company said that 1m3 of fill dirt weighs between 2 tonnes and 2.5 tonnes, but 1m3 of EPS weighs only 200kg.

However, EPS costs about NT$3,000 per cubic meter, which is 10 times more expensive than fill dirt.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 09:35 PM   #192
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Old March 8th, 2013, 08:05 PM   #193
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Over 10 million train rides recorded in CNY holiday
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February 21, 2013, 12:04 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Travelers in Taiwan made more than 10 million trips on Taiwan's regular and high-speed trains during the Lunar New Year holiday earlier this month, data showed yesterday.

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) recorded over 8.07 million rides, while Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) logged over 1.93 million rides during the period Feb. 7-18.

On the regular railway, the average daily ridership was 673,000, which was a 10.7-percent increase from last year.

On Feb. 14, the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, ridership rose to a peak of 841,000 compared with 746,000 last year.

The average daily number of rides on the high-speed rail was 161,000, up 6.8 percent from the same period last year.
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Police: 600 evacuated from Taiwan train after explosives found
By Andrew Lee, for CNN
April 12, 2013 -- Updated 1315 GMT (2115 HKT)

(CNN) -- Six hundred passengers were evacuated from a high-speed train in Taiwan on Friday after explosives -- attached to a timer and apparently close to detonation -- were found in luggage inside a restroom, police said.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. train stopped at Hsinchu City after someone found the explosives in two pieces of luggage shortly after 9 a.m., according to police.

Police said the luggage was emitting white smoke, and people nearby could smell gas. The setup included 5 liters of gasoline and an activated timer device to trigger them, police said.

Investigators believe the explosives would have detonated had authorities not intervened, according to police. They said they believe the blast would have taken out one carriage.

A carriage can carry about 60 passengers.

Police did not release any information about who could be responsible for the device.

The train started at Zuoying and was headed to Taipei.

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Old June 26th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #196
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Tue, Jun 25, 2013
THSRC seeking to extend exclusive operating rights
Taipei Times

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) yesterday said that it is seeking to extend its exclusive operating rights to 99 years as a solution to its financial problems.

The company is scheduled to hold its regular shareholders meeting today.

The high speed rail system was built under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract, under which THSRC received exclusive rights to operate the system for 35 years. It came into effect on July 23, 1998.

The company’s financial crisis emerged two years after the high-speed rail officially began operations in 2007, when its accumulated financial losses topped NT$72 billion (US$2.4 billion at current exchange rates). The crisis eased after loans worth about NT$380 billion were secured following government intervention in 2010.

Though the company managed to turn a profit two years ago, it still has an accumulated deficit of approximately NT$60 billion.

The Bureau of High Speed Rail, which represents the government in overseeing THSRC operations, confirmed that the company had proposed a plan to improve its financial situation. According to the bureau, the company said that it failed to meet its estimated passenger volume and revenue because of a number of factors, including the 921 Earthquake in 1999, the financial burden of subsidizing tickets for the handicapped, senior citizens and children, as well as the global financial downturn.

The company held that the 1999 earthquake was a natural disaster it had no way to prevent, and that subsidized tickets should be funded by the government’s budget for social welfare programs. The global financial downturn hit passenger volumes, the company said.

Aside from allowing the company exclusive rights to operate the high speed rail system for 99 years, the bureau said THSRC also proposed that the government, among other measures, assist it in securing loans and reduce interest rates.

“Based on the terms of the contract, all the non-force majeure reasons will be evaluated and determined by the members of the high-speed rail coordination committee. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is handling this matter based on the terms of the contract,” the bureau said in a statement.

The bureau also said that the THSRC plan lacks financial analyses to back up its claims, as well as specific steps for implementation. Some of the company’s proposals may involve changes in contract terms, the bureau added.

The bureau said that it has asked the company to provide additional information and help clarify some of the details in the plan.
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99 years... the government will have to hold them to strict pricing policies if they were to agree to that.
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Police: 600 evacuated from Taiwan train after explosives found
By Andrew Lee, for CNN
April 12, 2013 -- Updated 1315 GMT (2115 HKT)

(CNN) -- Six hundred passengers were evacuated from a high-speed train in Taiwan on Friday after explosives -- attached to a timer and apparently close to detonation -- were found in luggage inside a restroom, police said.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. train stopped at Hsinchu City after someone found the explosives in two pieces of luggage shortly after 9 a.m., according to police.

Police said the luggage was emitting white smoke, and people nearby could smell gas. The setup included 5 liters of gasoline and an activated timer device to trigger them, police said.

Investigators believe the explosives would have detonated had authorities not intervened, according to police. They said they believe the blast would have taken out one carriage.

A carriage can carry about 60 passengers.

Police did not release any information about who could be responsible for the device.

The train started at Zuoying and was headed to Taipei.
Any followup on this?
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I kinda want the government to take over THSR asap... due to the certainty that they will lower ticket prices...

But then again, such wishing isn't just wishful, it isn't a nice way of thinking. At all.
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