Taiwan High Speed Rail 700T

The Series 700T is a high-speed electric multiple unit used by the Taiwan High Speed Rail based on the Shinkansen Series 700 EMU in Japan. It was built by Hitachi, Kawasaki, and Nippon Sharyƍ. It began revenue service in 2007 on the first and only high-speed railway in Taiwan between Taipei and Zuoying (Kaohsiung). Unlike other Japanese high-speed trains, the 700T does not feature an aggressive aerodynamic nose design. This is to maximise seating capacity of the trains and it is also due to the fact that the Taiwan HSR infrastructure is built to European standards which feature larger tunnels (here is some background of the Taiwan HSR and the Eurotrain which was to operate on the TSHR instead of the 700T).

Interior of the Standard Car

Interior of the Business Car

The standard consist of the 700T includes 3 units formed of 3 powered and 1 non-powered cars. Pantographs are located on cars 4 and 9. The 700T has a total of 36 AC traction motors each outputting 285 kW (382 hp), making the total power output of the trainset 10.26 MW (13,760 hp).

The 700T is designed to have a maximum speed (this is also the national speed record of Taiwan) of 315 km/h (196 mph) and its maximum revenue speed is 300 km/h (186 mph). A 12-car 700T has a seating capacity of 989 including 66 Business Car seats and 923 Standard Car seats.


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