TEMU1000 series "Taroko Express"
Taroko Express set 4 near Xizhi
In service2013–present
ManufacturerHitachi Rail
Family nameA-train (rolling stock)
Tze-chiang limited express (service)
Formation4 cars per unit, 2 units per train
Operator(s)Taiwan Railways Administration
Specifications
Car body constructionAluminium
Train length166.99 m (547 ft 10 in)
Car length21,995 mm (72 ft 1.9 in) (TED)
20.5 m (67 ft 3 in) (others)
Width2.91 m (9 ft 7 in)
Height4.3 m (14 ft 1 in) (TEP)
4.03 m (13 ft 3 in) (others)
Doors4 per car, 2 more for drivers
Maximum speed150 km/h (93 mph) (design)
130 km/h (81 mph) (service)
Traction systemIGBTVVVF (Hitachi)
Traction motors16 × Hitachi EFO-K60 190 kW (250 hp) 3-phase AC induction motor
Power output3.04 MW (4,080 hp)
Electric system(s)25 kV 60 Hz AC (nominal) from overhead catenary
Current collection methodPantograph
UIC classification2'2' + Bo'Bo' + 2'2' + Bo'Bo' + Bo'Bo' + 2'2' + Bo'Bo' + 2'2'
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Taroko Express (Chinese: 太魯閣號; pinyin: Tàilǔgé Hào) is an express train service of the Taiwan Railways Administration, and is part of Tze-Chiang Limited Express. The name of the service comes from the 19-kilometre (12 mi) long Taroko Gorge, which is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist spots, and the Truku people. It began commercial operations on 16 February 2007.

The Taroko Express uses the tilting electrical multiple unit series known as TEMU1000 based on the JR Kyushu 885 series. They were imported to Taiwan in 2006; since 2007, they have been running between Hualien and Taipei City, on the curved 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.[1] Some trains also continue from Taipei to Tianzhong. Its maximum operational speed is 130 kilometers per hour, or approximately 81 miles per hour.[2]

Taroko Express set 7 in Hello Kitty livery at Kaohsiung in 2016. After the livery was removed, this trainset would later derail, killing 49.
Taroko Express set 7 in Hello Kitty livery at Kaohsiung in 2016. After the livery was removed, this trainset would later derail, killing 49.

From 2016 to 2019, Taroko Express set 7 (40TED1013-40TEM1025-1013-40TEM1026+40TEM1028-1014-40TEM1027-40TED1014) was painted in a Hello Kitty livery, similar to those used on some EVA Air fleet planes. However, on 2 April 2021, that same set derailed in Hualien County, killing 49 people with many others injured.[3][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Huang, Annie (11 May 2007). "Tilting trains ease east line travel woes". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  2. ^ Shan, Shelley (1 January 2007). "TRA to compete by offering new trains - Taipei Times". The Taipei Times. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. ^ Chang Chi; Lu Tai-cheng; Frances Huang (2 April 2021). "Multiple passengers reported with 'no vital signs' in train derailment". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ "太魯閣號事故遺骸DNA比對出爐 罹難者確認49人" [DNA Matching Results of Taroko Express Derailment Released, Death Toll reduced to 49]. www.cna.com.tw. 11 April 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.