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Old June 29th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #61
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Old July 4th, 2012, 06:17 AM   #62
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TRA celebrates breakthrough of Shanyue Tunnel
Taipei Times


Workers yesterday celebrate the breakthrough of a railway tunnel between Nangang District in Taipei and Jhangshuwan in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District.
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The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) yesterday celebrated the breakthrough of the Shanyue Tunnel (山岳隧道) connecting Taipei’s Nangang (南港) district and New Taipei City’s (新北市) Sijhih (汐止) District, which would improve the mass transit service between the metropolitan areas.

Since the high-speed rail began operations in 2006, TRA has planned to improve mass transit service between the nation’s metropolitan areas. To increase the transport capacity, TRA decided to construct a third line of 2.21km between Sike Station and Nangang Station. TRA said the Shanyue Tunnel was the most difficult part of the construction. Though the tunnel is only 0.72km long, it was constructed in a difficult geological area.

The TRA said the tunnel was close to the Keelung River, with a section being built beneath the riverbed of Dakeng Creek (大坑溪). Construction of the tunnel started in September 2010 and did not reach the breakthrough until yesterday.

A third rail has already been added in the section between Keelung and Cidu (七堵) stations.

Aside from the construction of a third line between Nangang and Sijhih, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau and TRA are also building a third line between Cidu and Sijhih. These two projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. TRA said that the line between Sijhih and Nangang was the most popular section among commuters, adding that the train service would be available every 10 minutes once the third line was in place.

The TRA said that the third line would be available from Keelung to Nangang. The delivery of 296 new commuter train cars will also begin in October, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year. The travel time between Taipei and Keelung will be shortened to 35 minutes.
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Old July 26th, 2012, 06:25 AM   #63
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Anyway knows if Taiwan TRA has any plan to upgrade its existing narrow gauge rails to the standard gauge?
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Old July 26th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #64
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Anyway knows if Taiwan TRA has any plan to upgrade its existing narrow gauge rails to the standard gauge?
I honestly don't see why that would be necessary or even financially viable. You'd have to make adjustments to all existing infrastructure (grade crossings, switches, tunnels), and chances are that the trackbed will have to be widened as well, and for what purpose? The trains are already capable of travelling at 100+ km/h safely, and if faster speeds are needed, there's high speed rail, which does run on standard gauge.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #65
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The cost of upgrade is indeed hefty but long term there are some benefits I can think off:

1. Both commuter and freight traffics get up to 200 km/hr, which can cut short the travel time from Taipei to Kaohsiung by possibly an hour. With the freight traffics it also allows greater loads and heavier pull locomotive engines.

2. Allows closer interoperability with the urban subways system, which are all build to the standard gauges.

3. Greater choices of cars to pick from (since Japan is the only major train manufacturer country with the narrow gauge), and it also creates export potentials for home-grown rail technology in Taiwan.

4. A chance to seriously upgrade the current railroad infrastructure since electrification in the late 1970's.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 03:09 AM   #66
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1. Both commuter and freight traffics get up to 200 km/hr, which can cut short the travel time from Taipei to Kaohsiung by possibly an hour. With the freight traffics it also allows greater loads and heavier pull locomotive engines.

-High speed intercity travel is already served by Taiwan HSR. Please tell me where in the world regular freight travels at 200km/h, and if this is possible with the axle loadings of freight cars, not to mention stability issues.

2. Allows closer interoperability with the urban subways system, which are all build to the standard gauges.

-If Taiwan cities wanted to have urban subway system interoperability with TRA, why haven't they built the metros at 1067mm? It's not part of their operating philosophy.

3. Greater choices of cars to pick from (since Japan is the only major train manufacturer country with the narrow gauge), and it also creates export potentials for home-grown rail technology in Taiwan.

-Any competent railcar builder can build trains at the gauge their customer specifies. Perhaps Japan builds a better product at a good price.

4. A chance to seriously upgrade the current railroad infrastructure since
electrification in the late 1970's.

-There are many ways to upgrade railway infrastructure other than costly and disruptive gauge change. Like improved signaling and train control, elimination of grade crossings, and more energy efficient rolling stock.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 01:26 PM   #67
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I think TRA's new focus is making the TRA to a metro service (shorter distance operations in Urban areas). That was the vision for 2018. Upgrading existing infrastructure (Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Chiayi, Taoyuan). Most of these areas are going to have a major upgrade. Taichung is the most visible where work is underway to elevate the TRA tracks and add stations in between so it acts like a MRT. Kaohsiung is doing the same where they are sinking the railway underground and also adding stations in between. Plans to sink the track and station in Tainan and elevate Chiayi metro area as well. Biggest controversy to date is whether to sink sections of Taoyuan and Zhongli railway underground or elevate it. Sadly, it became a political issue after a while.

I think the TRA is going on the right direction, they must just extend a railway track from Chiayi train station to Chiayi HSR in the future. The BRT system is not efficient.
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Sat, Sep 15, 2012
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Railway deserves status: expert
ON TRACK:The Alishan Mountain Railway has helped Taiwan improve diplomatic relations with a number of countries, according to Alishan railway enthusiasts

Railway experts yesterday urged the government to seek world heritage status for the Alishan Forest Railway in Chiayi County, which is set to celebrate its centenary this year.

Su Chao-hsu, assistant professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, recently published three books about the forest railway. He said that mountain railways designated as World Heritage sites were generally constructed using five main techniques to deal with mountainous terrains: building a horseshoe curve, a spiral railway route, a zig-zag and a cog rail as well as using special engines. The Alishan Forest Railway was constructed using all of those solutions except the cog rail.

Su said there are only three railways in the world which have both a spiral route and a zig-zag, and the Alishan Railway is one of them.

The Alishan Forest Railway’s US-made Shay locomotive makes it a unique cultural asset as well, Su said, adding that Taiwan is the only place outside North and South America where such a locomotive is used.

Su said the highest Alishan Forest Railway station, Jhushan Station, is 2,451m above sea level, which is higher than any of those on the Word Heritage railways. The lowest station is Chiayi Station, which is 30m above sea level. The elevation difference between stations demonstrates the level of skill in volved in building the railway, he said.

Su added that the forest railway has helped improve Taiwan’s diplomatic relations with other countries. Su said that when he visited the Puffing Billy Steam Train Service in Australia, he found that the railway service preserved the Alishan Forest Railway locomotive No. 14, which was given to the Australian service 29 years ago.

Forestry Bureau director-general Lee Tao-sheng said Su’s research showed the Alishan Forest Railway could be the world’s No. 1 in several categories. First, it could be Asia’s highest narrow-gauge mountain railway. It might also be the world’s most complicated spiral route system.

The Alishan railway has probably the largest elevation difference among all other 762mm narrow gauge railway systems.

“The World Heritage bid may be difficult to accomplish given Taiwan’s status in the international community, but we’ll do our best to achieve our goal,” Lee said. “It is not only the hope of Taiwanese or Chinese people, but also that of all mountain railway enthusiasts. There is really no reason why the Alishan Railway should be excluded from the list of World Heritage sites.”

Adding that the forest railway is one of the nation’s tourism spots worth preserving, Lee said it gives tourists the rare experience of watching the scenery change from plains to tropical forests to warm temperate forest and cool temperate forest during one trip.

The forest railway opened in 1912 and is 71km long. It was used as a logging railway during the Japanese colonial era.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 03:22 PM   #71
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TRA TEMU 2000 being delivered

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Old October 24th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #72
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TRA to launch new online ticket booking system
Taipei Times

Starting on Dec. 4, Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) passengers will be able to book their tickets online at any time, the agency said yesterday.

The announcement was made at the legislature’s Transportation Committee meeting, in which Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) and other ministry officials briefed lawmakers about the ministry’s budget plan for the next fiscal year.

At present, TRA passengers who want to purchase tickets online can only do so between 6am and 12am. The TRA has received numerous complaints from passengers who said that they need to get up early in the morning if they want to book tickets.

TRA Director-General Frank Fan (范植谷) said the TRA has collaborated with the Chunghwa Telecom and convenience store chains to make an around-the-clock online booking service available to passengers. The new service is scheduled to be launched on Dec. 4.

Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Kun-tse (李昆澤) questioned the safety of new tilting trains imported from Japan.

He said the new trains cost more than the current ones and that it was reported that the degree at which the new tilting trains swing was 2.6 times more than the current ones.

The trains are designed to tilt when they pass through a curve, which would save drivers from needing to reduce operational speed.

When asked if the new tilting trains would be suitable for pregnant women or passengers with heart conditions, Fan said the new trains had passed static testing in Japan and would need to pass dynamic testing procedures on Taiwan’s railway routes.

The nation first started importing titling trains in 2006, using them on the East Coast line.

They administration placed another order for tilting trains in 2009, and the first batch of the 16 train cars ordered are scheduled to arrive on Thursday.
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Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Kun-tse (李昆澤) questioned the safety of new tilting trains imported from Japan.

He said the new trains cost more than the current ones and that it was reported that the degree at which the new tilting trains swing was 2.6 times more than the current ones.

The trains are designed to tilt when they pass through a curve, which would save drivers from needing to reduce operational speed.

When asked if the new tilting trains would be suitable for pregnant women or passengers with heart conditions, Fan said the new trains had passed static testing in Japan and would need to pass dynamic testing procedures on Taiwan’s railway routes.
I don't know where Mr. Lee got his information, but the new TEMU 2000 trainsets actually have less tilt than the previous TEMU 1000 types (2 degrees versus 5 degrees). As for the pregnant and heart condition question, that is just nonsense- JR Tokai's N700 trainsets, which use the same system as the TEMU 2000 (air cushion tilt), have safely carried millions of passengers without incident, as have the older models with more tilt on the 1067mm lines. I trust the professionals at TRA will address these issues effectively.
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The first batch of TEMU 2000 trainsets arrived [email protected] port of Keelung:


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I don't know where Mr. Lee got his information, but the new TEMU 2000 trainsets actually have less tilt than the previous TEMU 1000 types (2 degrees versus 5 degrees). As for the pregnant and heart condition question, that is just nonsense- JR Tokai's N700 trainsets, which use the same system as the TEMU 2000 (air cushion tilt), have safely carried millions of passengers without incident, as have the older models with more tilt on the 1067mm lines. I trust the professionals at TRA will address these issues effectively.
I wonder for what reason is he upset with the trains?
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Don't worry about it, people should start ignoring what the politicians say in Taiwan. They are full of shxt!
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Don't worry about it, people should start ignoring what the politicians say in Taiwan. They are full of shxt!
Why don't we extend that to and ignore all politicians in general? In politics, they may talk sense, but since the political realm exists on a separate dimension that is only barely connected to daily life; we can happily ignore them unless something big happens.
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The Taroko Express (太魯閣列車) trains are Electrical Multiple Units called TEMU1000 and based on the JR Kyūshū 885 series. They were imported to Taiwan in 2006; since 2007, they have been running between Hualien and Taipei City, on the curvy Yilan Line at the existing narrow gauge tracks, where they reduced traveling time between the two places from previously 3 hours down to about 2 hours. Some trains also continue from Taipei to Tianzhong Station. The maximum operational speed is 150 kilometers per hour, or approximately 93 miles per hour.
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