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Old February 10th, 2014, 02:26 PM   #101
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Taipei-Taitung rail trips will shorten later this year: TRA
Taipei Times

The travel time between Taipei and Taitung could be shortened to three-and-a-half hours after more Puyuma Express trains enter service and the railway line between Hualien and Taitung is electrified, Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) officials said yesterday.

Railway Reconstruction Bureau Director-General Chou Yung-hui (周永暉) said the electrified Hualien-Taitung line is scheduled to be opened by the end of June, adding that testing of service on the line would begin next month and go on for about three months.

TRA Transportation Department head Du Wei (杜微) said the 17 Puyuma Express tilting trains could go straight from Taipei to Taitung.

Since Taitung-bound passengers will no longer need to switch to diesel-powered trains at the Hualien Railway Station, the estimated travel time between Taipei and Taitung would drop from four-and-a-half hours to three-and-a-half.

TRA’s schedule is to be overhauled in July to reflect the addition of the new trains, Du said.

“Travelers from Taipei can expect a Puyuma Express train to Hualien every 30 minutes during peak hours, including Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon,” he said.

The interval for Tzuchiang-class express trains, the top class, during non-peak hours could also be reduced, from 37 minutes to 30 minutes, he said.

TRA officials said the number of the Tzuchiang-class trains to Taitung could be increased from 14 per day to 20 on weekdays and 25 on weekends after the electrification project is completed.

The railway administration’s transport capacity to Hualien will be raised by 23 percent to 25 percent, while that to Taitung will go up by 13 percent to 40 percent.

The Puyuma Express tilting train service between Taipei and Hualien began on Feb. 6 last year.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 03:59 PM   #103
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 04:09 PM   #104
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Route selected for Taipei – Toucheng direct line
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TAIWAN's Railway Reconstruction Bureau (RRB) announced on April 22 that it has adopted a preferred route for a direct line between Taipei and the island's East Coast

At present Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) services from Taipei to east coast cities run northeast from the capital through New Taipei City and Rueifang, before following the Pacific coast south towards Toucheng.

Under the RRB's preferred option, the new line would run inland from the Nangang district of Taipei, passing through New Taipei City before rejoining the existing line at Shuangxi. The 53km line will require the construction of two major tunnels, one of which will be 21.6km long, making it Taiwan's longest tunnel.

The RRB says it expects the NT 50bn ($US 1.65bn) project to be completed by 2026, reducing the fastest Taipei – Yilan journey times from 1h 5min to 47min.

The RRB had also considered a second more direct alignment between Pinglin in New Taipei City and Toucheng, but the 36.3km route would pass through the water table of the Feitsui reservoir, which provides drinking water to Taipei. It would also encounter six geological faults and abandoned mine workings.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 02:09 PM   #105
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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:44 PM   #106
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Hualien – Taitung electrification inaugurated
30 Jun 2014



TAIWAN: Electric train services began running between Hualien and Taitung on June 28, completing the electrification of Taiwan Railways Administration’s East Coast main line.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou said the construction period had been cut from seven to five years, despite difficult geological and climate conditions. The government had previously envisaged that electric services would start in March 2015.

Electric trains began running over the northernmost 182 km of the route from Taipei to Hualien in mid-2003. Work to install 25 kV 60 Hz electrification on the 162 km from Hualien to Taitung began in 2009 at a cost of NT$15·5bn, with a further NT$6bn allocated for station improvements. A revised budget of NT$25·4bn was adopted in 2012.

Completed in 1926, the coastal line was converted from 762 mm to 1 067 mm gauge in 1982 and extensively realigned to accommodate through diesel trains from Taipei to Taitung. It is now being partially double-tracked to increase capacity by around 40%, with the maximum speed increased from 110 to 130 km/h.

TRA is initially operating an interim electric service, with a full service scheduled to start on July 15 following two weeks of trial operation. By that date the operator expects to have accepted the last of the 17 Puyuma Express eight-car tilting trainsets being built for the line by Sumitomo and Nippon Sharyo.

The fastest journey time between Taipei and Taitung has been shortened to 3 h 30 min, saving one hour by eliminating the change to a diesel train at Hualien. The fastest Puyuma Express services reach Hualien in 2 h from the capital and then call only at Yuli en route to Taitung. Other trains serve up to 28 intermediate stations along the coastal section.

Minister of Transportation & Communications Yeh Kuang-shih said the ministry was studying whether to double-track the entire line. He confirmed that electrification of the South Link between Taitung and Kaohsiung would begin before the end of this year, describing this as ‘the last mile’ and noting that electrification of the West Coast route from Taipei to Kaohsiung had been completed in 1979
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 04:57 PM   #107
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Some more info on the above development :
Taipei-to-Hualien electrified train service launched
29 June 2014
Taipei Times

The rail travel time between Taipei and Taitung has been shortened to three hours and 30 minutes following the launch of an electrified train service from Hualien to Taitung yesterday.

The government had initially planned to launch the electrified line in March next year.

President Ma Ying-jeou, who made an electrified railway line between Hualien and Taitung one of his campaign promises in 2008, said at the inauguration ceremony yesterday that he decided to reduce the construction period of the project from seven years to five years after he took office.

He said that workers faced many difficulties during construction, including complicated geological conditions and inclement weather.

Now I do not have to apologize to the people in Taitung County every time I come here to visit, Ma said, adding that the needs of the people in the county have been largely ignored in the past and the electrified railway service is in part amending for that.

To ease demand for tickets on weekends, Ma said the Taiwan Railways Administration should consider offering discount tickets for tourists traveling on weekdays.

Taitung County Commissioner Justin Huang said the number of tourists visiting Taitung has increased by 50 percent in recent years, but the electrified train service will only increase the transport capacity by a maximum of 40 percent.

He asked the agency to offer express trains from Taipei to Taitung without stopping at Hualien.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih said that some sections of the current railway route have yet to be equipped with double tracks.

Because of this situation, trains have to wait to at Hualien, he said.

Only when the double-track system is available on the entire route can a nonstop train from Taipei to Taitung be possible, Yeh said, adding that the agency would this year start evaluating the possibility of turning the entire Hualien to Taitung railway line into a double-track system.

According to Yeh, the ministry is scheduled to begin the electrification of the South Link Railway by the end of this year, which he said was the last mile of the railway network that has yet to be electrified.

The driver of the pilot train service was 57-year-old Mai Ming-ji, a Puyuma Aborigine from Taitung. Having been a train driver for 22 years, Mai said he was honored to be the first conductor of the Puyuma Express after the Huanlien to Taitung railway line became electrified.

Passengers traveling to Hualien in the Puyuma Express can reach the destination in two hours after their electrification project is completed, whereas those traveling on the same express train can do so in 3.5 hours. The fastest train from Taipei to Taitung stops only at the Hualien and Yuli stations en route.

In the past, passengers to Taitung had to switch from the electricity-powered trains to diesel-powered ones at Hualien Railway Station, with the estimated travel time at 4.5 hours.

The electrified railway line is about 166km and passes 28 stations.

The railway line along the nations west coast was completely electrified in 1979.

The agency said there will be two weeks of trial operations that ends on July 15.

Starting on July 16, all 17 sets of Puyuma Express trains will be in operation. The highest speed they can is reach 130kph.

Meanwhile, the Taitung County Government also worked with the agency to have various tourist attractions in Taitung painted on the body of one set of Puyuma Express carriages.

The county government is also to launch a Puyuma bus service on Tuesday next week.

Aside from meeting the needs of local residents for medical, education and food services, the bus is also to take visitors to all major tourist attractions in the downtown area.
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Freight in Taiwan

I've been living in China for a year now. Every time I take a long distance train I am glued to the window, and am constantly surprised by how similar the freight is to America, and different from the rest of Asia. I'm curious, how is Taiwan's freight network? I cannot find much specific information online. It is obviously much smaller scale than China. Is it also running large amounts of mixed cargo, or is it mostly intermodal like Japan and Korea? Are the locomotives electrified like those countries? Where are the major yards and ports?
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I've been living in China for a year now. Every time I take a long distance train I am glued to the window, and am constantly surprised by how similar the freight is to America, and different from the rest of Asia. I'm curious, how is Taiwan's freight network? I cannot find much specific information online. It is obviously much smaller scale than China. Is it also running large amounts of mixed cargo, or is it mostly intermodal like Japan and Korea? Are the locomotives electrified like those countries? Where are the major yards and ports?
I've actually chatted with TRA engineers about the topic of freight. Aside from cheap massive bulk materials such as concrete, coal, or water, most of Taiwan's freight is carried by truck.

It simply doesn't make sense to transport freight packages 150km between expensive rail terminals only to truck them another 50km to their destination.
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Taiwan orders more Puyuma Express tilting trains
8 JAN, 2015

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Taiwan Railways Administration has ordered a further four TEMU2000 ‘Puyuma Express’ tilting train sets.

Nippon Sharyo, which is based in the Japanese city of Nagoya, and Sumitomo Corporation will supply four additional four-car trains in a 3.3 billion yen (€23 million) order to support the 136 cars ordered in 2011.

The TEMU2000, which uses a tilting mechanism to maintain high speeds through the mountainous regions of eastern Taiwan, first entered passenger service in February 2013, transporting passengers between Changhua, Taipei and Hualien.

The introduction of the TEMU2000 has allowed Taiwan Railways to retire its ageing DR2700 diesel multiple units (DMU)
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What is the latest construction update on the Taichung Railway elevation and Kaohsiung railway underground project?
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