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1st domestically built tram completed, unveiled to public

2016/11/16 17:49:34

Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) The first domestically built tram for a light rail transport system in northern Taiwan has been completed and was introduced to the public Wednesday by New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫).

In a debut ceremony for the tram, named "Warrior" (行武者), in Hsinchu County, Chu expressed his satisfaction with the vehicle's stylish appearance and functions.

"It is the first light rail tram Taiwan has built," Chu noted in an address, expressing hope that the vehicle will not just contribute to the quick completion of the planned light rail transit (LRT) system in his city's Tamsui District, but will also be able to provide high-quality and comfortable transport services.

He also said he hopes the unprecedented project of building trams domestically will help boost LRT transportation and the development of an LRT industry in the country, creating more economic output and jobs, and attracting young talent to work in the sector.

The Warrior was designed, fabricated and tested in Taiwan in cooperation between Hsinchu-based Taiwan Rolling Stock Co. (TRSC) and Germany's Voith Engineering Services, according to the New Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems.

The new tram, sporting blue livery, is the first of 15 to be completed for the under-construction Danhai LRT System in Tamsui.

Built with stainless steel and weather-resistant steel, the five-carriage tram is designed to carry 265 people, run at a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour and cope with the coastal weather in Tamsui, the department said.

All 15 of the trams purchased by the department will be delivered gradually by August 2017, it added.

The department also said the construction of the Danhai LRT System, which comprises two rail lines, 14 stations and one depot, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

TRSC is a joint venture of two Taiwan-based steel mills -- China Steel Corp. and Tang Eng Iron Works -- and two Japanese firms -- Nippon Sharyo and Sumitomo Corp. -- which are minority shareholders.

(By Wang Hung-kuo and Elizabeth Hsu)