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700T Series Shinkansen
Shinkansen 700T.jpg
A THSR 700T train
In service 2007 - Present
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki HI, Nippon Sharyo
Formation 12 cars per trainset
Capacity 989
Operator THSR
Specifications
Car body construction Aluminium
Car length 26,750 mm (end cars), 24,500 mm (intermediate cars)
Width 3,380 mm
Height 3,650 mm
Maximum speed 300 km/h
Weight 503 t
Acceleration 2.0 km/h/s
Power output 285 kW × 36 = 10.26 MW
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC overhead
Safety system(s) D-ATC
Gauge 1,435 mm

The Taiwan High Speed 700T train (台灣高鐵700T型電聯車) is a type of Shinkansen rolling stock built for Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR). The 700T series is based on the Japanese 700 Series Shinkansen and the "T" came from the specification for THSR. The 700T series marks the first time Japanese shinkansen trains have been exported overseas. The trains are manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo, and Hitachi, Ltd., and all of the preliminary 30 consists were built in Japan.

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History

On January 30, 2004, a roll-out ceremony was conducted at Kawasaki Heavy Industries' Hyogo Works.

After the delivery of the first 700T trains to Taiwan, running tests started on the THSR high speed line in January 2005. During the tests, a national record of 315 km/h was achieved on October 30, 2005. The final train of the initial order of 30 has been delivered to Taiwan, and multiple train running and final system integration testing began in March 2006.

Commercial operation of the 700T began on January 5, 2007, at an operation speed of 300 km/h.

In November 2008, THSRC announced that the company will order a further 6-12 trains from the Japanese makers the next year, to cope with increased demand. The trains are planned to enter service in 2011.[1]

Features

Although the Taiwan High Speed 700T series is based on the 700 Series Shinkansen currently operating on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Sanyō Shinkansen, the following differences exist between the two types of stock:

  • To account for the expected number of users, the 700T has 12 cars in each set instead of the 16-car, or 8-car, formations found in Japanese services.
  • To permit 300 km/h operations, the 700T series has more powerful motors, and two sets of eddy current brake equipment are provided on each trailer (non-motored) axle.
  • The Taiwanese railway infrastructure is based on the European system, making tunnel diameters larger than those in Japan, which allows the train nose length to be shortened without causing a degradation in the aerodynamic (pressure pulse) performance when entering tunnels. Thus the 700T series features a new shorter nose on the front car, which allows passenger capacity to be maximised, and provides the 700T trainset with a distinctive appearance. To further enhance space provided for passengers, crew entry through the passenger doors was selected, allowing the dedicated crew doors behind the crew compartments to be removed.
  • Door control has been modified to allow crew control at stations from any car of the train, and the doors have been provided with the ability to automatically reopen if an obstacle is detected in the doorway during the closing sequence.
  • Further enhancements include: a battery supplied emergency ventilation system, fire detection and smoke control systems, selection of interior materials to contemporary fire safety standards, fire barriers and emergency escape windows in each car, and a bogie instability detection system.
  • For passengers in wheelchairs, a more spacious toilet facility is provided in one car, which allows a full 360-degree wheelchair manoeuvre within the toilet cubicle.

Specifications

Front car of 700T trains
  • Number of Cars per Trainset: 12
(Business Car: 1 (Car 6); Standard Cars: 11 (Cars 1-5 and Cars 7-12)
  • Length: 304.700 m
  • Maximum Axle Weight: 14.0 t
  • Powered System: EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) System
(3 sets of 3 motored cars and 1 trailer car)
  • Power Output: 285 kW×36=10.260 MW
  • Maximum Operating Speed: 300 km/h
  • Design Speed (for overspeed test): 315 km/h
  • Signal System: Digital ATC (Automatic Train Control)
(Speed Signal is indicated in the Cab Display)
  • Seated Passenger Capacity: 989
(Business Car: 66, Standard Car: 923)
  • Seat Pitch: 1,120 mm (Business Car), 1,040 mm (Standard Car)

Train Simulator

A Taiwan High Speed 700T train simulator, known as Railfan: Taiwan High Speed Rail, was developed by Taiwan-based company Actainment and produced by the Japanese publisher Ongakukan in 2007. The software was released on the PlayStation 3 system in Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan & Singapore) and later in Japan as part of the popular Train Simulator series.

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