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Old May 12th, 2006, 02:25 AM   #1
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New Tilting Train for Taiwan

Hitachi is Boosting up Railway System Business in Taiwan - Tilting Train Project

Hitachi, Ltd. is now going underway of designing and manufacturing limited express tilting trains for Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA). Its delivery will start at the end of 2006, and total 6 units (48 cars) of tilting trains will be supplied by the end of 2007.

The tilting train is the "A-train" with 8 car vehicles (4 motor cars and 4 trailer cars). Its car body shell is the distortionless aluminum double-skin structure utilizing Hitachi's Friction Stir Welding (FSW) technology. Moreover, the state of the art VVVF inverter units will be provided for the propulsion system.
The tilting system is the controlled-type tilt (maximum 5 degrees tilting angle), which enables to pass the sharp curves quickly and comfortably.

Owing to Hitachi's rich and advanced technologies on tilting trains, travel time between Taipei - Hualien is expected to be shortened after this train is in service.
Hitachi is boosting up railway system business in Taiwan by this tilting train project.

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Old May 13th, 2006, 11:01 AM   #2
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Looks like TRA is beefing itself up in preparation for competition from THSRC.

Will these trains serve the Taipei - Kaohsiung route, which currently takes 4 hours and 50 minutes to travel between using the fastest train?
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Old May 13th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #3
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Good news.........
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Old May 16th, 2006, 03:09 AM   #4
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Where will be routes of them?

Main rail route in Taiwan, from Taipei to Kaohsiumg will has Shinkanshen trains, so where will go new tilting trains?
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Old June 27th, 2006, 07:08 PM   #5
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The tilting trains will be used on the east coast route between Taipei and Hualian. With the addition of these trains the travel time between the two cities will be reduced by thirty minutes - two hours.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 05:51 AM   #6
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Wow again taiwan is pushing it PT like nothing eles
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Old February 20th, 2007, 08:21 AM   #7
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TAIWAN | Railways (TRA)

Taipei Nangang Station (HSR), 2015

Kaohsiung Underground Railway Project, 2018
9.75 km rail tunnel

Taichung Elevated Railway Project, 2015
21.19 km viaduct

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TRA Express (service to Hualien)
TEMU 2000 "Puyuma", Taipei-Taidong, 2015

Rolling Stock: Nippon Sharyo

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TRA Local Express (Testing)

EMU800, Main Line, 2013

Rolling Stock: TRSC / Nippon Sharyo

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Old February 21st, 2007, 09:33 AM   #8
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Excellent pics.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 12:56 AM   #9
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i was wondering, but why does taiwan like to buy only japanese built trains and not others? like isn't bombardier, alstom, and siemens good as well?
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 04:47 AM   #10
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i was wondering, but why does taiwan like to buy only japanese built trains and not others? like isn't bombardier, alstom, and siemens good as well?
It might have to do with politics. I don't think price is a factor since they're about the same perhaps when parts are needed they can also obtain it from Japan faster. Another explanation is Taiwanese attitude towards Japan, they typically favor Japanese stuff. Just like Japanese like western stuff.
No offense but Taiwanese are also known as Japanese worshippers in Asia.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 08:06 AM   #11
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Japanese trains have a good reputation for reliability and quality, although some of that reputation may come from Japan's railway network management itself. Generally, the proximity and the quality make Japanese equipment popular. Politics and pro-Japan sentiment may also be reasons; one more piece of evidence of this is the tendency to hire Japanese architects for major projects. But whatever is safe, reliable and efficient will make the day, and I think the day that Japanese rolling stock suffers from poor reputation is not anywhere in the visible future =P
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 01:59 PM   #12
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Taiwan now is like an extension of JR
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Old February 24th, 2007, 12:42 AM   #13
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Taiwan now is like an extension of JR
wouldn't be surprised in the future that Japan and Taiwan build a tunnel to connect with each other
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Old February 24th, 2007, 07:09 AM   #14
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i was wondering, but why does taiwan like to buy only japanese built trains and not others? like isn't bombardier, alstom, and siemens good as well?
The Muzha line extention in Taipei MRT is actually a Bombardier system.

Personally I like Bombardier.... it's the best thing on the rail....!
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I personally like the new Bombardier train serving the Guangshen (Guangzhou-Shenzhen) line in Guangdong province.

However, I think Bombardier slipped a little when providing mass-transit trainsets to Shanghai and Guangzhou....they looked identical and had cold, sterile interior lighting. Let's hope they've got their tastes back on track with the new mini-trains for Taipei.
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I took this shot at Taipei County Hall, on my way to the Banciao TRA/HSR/MRT station.

If I don't understand Chinese, I will be having a big problem understand this abbreviated destination signs.




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TRA is the official company name for Taiwan Rail Administration, while HSR (High Speed Rail), and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) are the types of transportation technology.

Correct name should be THSR & TRTC, if Taipei County wants to align with TRA and TRA logo. (note the HSR/MRT are not their real company logo, it show a graphic symbol of the vehicle).

Perhap I should send an email to the Taipei County Hall, to correct this problem.

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I personally like the new Bombardier train serving the Guangshen (Guangzhou-Shenzhen) line in Guangdong province.

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Same here I think they look better than this TRA Express.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 11:46 AM   #18
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I took this shot at Taipei County Hall, on my way to the Banciao TRA/HSR/MRT station.

If I don't understand Chinese, I will be having a big problem understand this abbreviated destination signs.




EDIT:

TRA is the official company name for Taiwan Rail Administration, while HSR (High Speed Rail), and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) are the types of transportation technology.

Correct name should be THSR & TRTC, if Taipei County wants to align with TRA and TRA logo. (note the HSR/MRT are not their real company logo, it show a graphic symbol of the vehicle).

Perhap I should send an email to the Taipei County Hall, to correct this problem.
I don't think this is a major problem as English signage is fairly inconsistent across Taiwan. Unless the westerner population in Taipei rises to a horrific double-digit percentage, few will complain. Those who do are expecting too much out of a Chinese-language society.
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are westerners not like in Taiwan?

I am spending a month there this summer
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It might have to do with politics. I don't think price is a factor since they're about the same perhaps when parts are needed they can also obtain it from Japan faster.


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Another explanation is Taiwanese attitude towards Japan, they typically favor Japanese stuff. Just like Japanese like western stuff.
No offense but Taiwanese are also known as Japanese worshippers in Asia.


The reason the rolling stock is sourced from Japan is that both JR and the TRA operate narrow gauge railways (1067 mm). Moreover, the Japanese manufacturers are much better than their Western counterparts at suiting their sales proposals to the Taiwanese market.

In the past, Taiwan has ordered from Rotem, Alstom, Union Wagon (S.A), and others, but reliability has always been a problem.
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