Toshiba to supply 68 electric locomotives to Taiwan

By Daniel Brightmore
Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS) has won a 40bn yen ($368mn) contract to supply 68 electric locomotives to the Taiwan R...

Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS) has won a 40bn yen ($368mn) contract to supply 68 electric locomotives to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

TISS will manufacture the electric locomotives (including spare parts) at the Fuchu Complex to be delivered successively, starting in 2022.

Designed to be capable of hauling both passenger and freight trains that will be operated by TRA, these electric locomotives will mainly be used for express passenger trains connecting between major cities in Taiwan. TRA will introduce new electric locomotives for the first time since 1992, and this is the first time that TRA will procure complete electric locomotives manufactured in Japan.

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In 2000, TISS delivered electrical equipment for the commuter train EMU600 series of TRA and has delivered electrical equipment for more than 700 cars to TRA since then. Last year, TISS received an order for traction system electrical equipment for 520 cars of new commuter EMU(electric multiple unit) from TRA that will commence commercial operation at the end of 2020. 

In addition, TISS has continually delivered electrical equipment for rolling stock, wayside traction power supply systems, traffic control systems, etc. to Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation since the commencement of revenue service. TISS was awarded a contract for new electric locomotives receiving recognition for its extensive experience in the Taiwanese market and also for its supply record over the years of locomotives in Japan.

In 2015, the TRA announced a 10-year plan to invest 100bn Taiwan dollars (approx. 360bn yen) in purchasing approximately 1,300 new rolling stock units, and is currently in the process of carrying out that plan. TISS considers Taiwan to be one of the major markets to focus on for its railway business and will contribute to the development of transportation infrastructure in Taiwan through the delivery of products at an appropriate timing that meets local needs.

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