Outline of the Taiwan High Speed Rail (Taiwan Shinkansen) System
Taiwan's major transportation route with the number of passengers transported in 1 year exceeding 47 million
High Speed Rail Through Taiwan
Taiwan has a history of more than 120 years of railway usage and the construction project for the High Speed Rail (HSR) was announced in 1989. Subsequently, various issues were overcome, and the HSR business was finally approved by the government on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. At the end of 2000, the Taiwan Shinkansen Corporation (TSC) was successfully awarded an order for the entire Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) system (the core of the HSR); and the Taiwan High Speed Railway Corporation (THSRC) started revenue service on January 5, 2007 some 18 years after the launch of the project and about 6 years after the conclusion the contract for the core E&M system. Taiwan thus became the third country in Asia to possess high speed rail.
The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) is a trunk line running through the Western corridor of Taiwan. It connects the two megalopolises of, Taipei and Zuoying (Kaoshiung) which are located at a distance of 345 km from each other. The fastest trains of the THSR travel this distance in less than 96 minutes. Currently there are 8 stations along the route, but the system is designed to allow for expansion to 12 stations in the future. Due to the topography, about 74% of the whole line consists of viaducts and bridges including 61 long and short tunnels. The steep grades along mountainous parts of the route reach 35‰ (per mil). Further, the THSR is built in a region of high temperature and high rainfall, both characteristics of Taiwan. The region is also subject to frequent earthquakes.
Creating New Standards with Advanced Systems Technology
Japan's high speed rail systems have continued to make innovations in the half century since the inauguration of its first Shinkansen route in 1964. Those achievements have been applied to the THSR project. A railway transportation system consists of many intricate aspects such as civil engineering, construction, building, electrical and mechanical systems and software. They are linked together through complicated mutual interfaces. Toshiba has been contributing to significant advances in the development of modern railway systems through technical innovation since 1899 when its railway business started.
Toshiba also provided a comfortable, safe, high performance, environmentally friendly and economical transportation system to the THSR project through the introduction of its extensive experience and advanced technologies gained from Japan's Shinkansen.
Toshiba's Scope of Work and Supply
The THSR was completed through the combined efforts of THSRC, TSC and other related contractors. Toshiba, a principal member of the TSC, supplied many of the core subsystems that make up the THSR as demonstrated in Toshiba's scope of the work and supply above.
Toshiba was particularly involved in the provision of numerous systems that realize the safe and stable operation of the THSR.