TOKYO—Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS) has won a $368 million contract to build 68 electric locomotives for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA). TISS will manufacture the electric locomotives, including spare parts, at its Fuchu Complex here, with delivery being successive and beginning in 2022.
The locomotives are capable of hauling both passenger and freight trains that will be operated by TRA, but will mainly be used for express passenger trains connecting between major cities in Taiwan. This is the first time that TRA will procure complete electric locomotives manufactured in Japan, and the department will introduce new electric locomotives for the first time since 1992,.
In 2000, TISS delivered electrical equipment for the commuter train EMU600 series of TRA and has delivered electrical equipment for more than 700 cars to TRA since then. Last year, TISS received an order for traction system electrical equipment for 520 cars of the new commuter EMU from 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, etc., to the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation since the commencement of revenue service.
TISS was awarded a contract for new electric locomotives due to receiving recognition for its extensive experience in the Taiwanese market and also for its supply record over the years of locomotives in Japan.