Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS) was awarded a contract for the supply of 68 units of electric locomotives with their spare parts to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA). Under the EUR 331 million (JPY 40 billion), TISS will successively deliver the new locomotives starting with 2022. They will be manufactured at Fuchu Complex.
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.
Last year, TISS received an order for traction system electrical equipment for 520 cars of new commuter EMUs of 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, to Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation since the commencement of revenue service. In 2000, TISS delivered electrical equipment for the commuter train EMU600 series and has delivered electrical equipment for more than 700 cars to TRA.
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.
In 2015, the Taiwan Railways Administration announced a 10-year plan to invest EUR 3 billion (TWD 100 billion) for the procurement of 1,300 new rolling stock units and is currently in the process of carrying out that plan.