Welcome meeting for the new Toshiba E500 locomotive in Taiwan

Welcome meeting for the new Toshiba E500 locomotive in Taiwan
© Taiwan Railway Authority

Taiwanese railway operator received the first new E500 locomotive made by Japanese Toshiba and will present it soon.


The “meet and greet” for the new locomotive will happen on 28 October at Chaozhou Railway Cultural Park. Participants of the welcome party will be EMU900, EMU3000, and R200 diesel locomotives recently delivered by Stadler. The first job for the newly delivered E500 locomotive will be to pull the Island Star Disney Painted Sightseeing Train.

Unloading of Toshiba E501 for TRA © Taiwan Railway Authority
Unloading of Toshiba E501 for TRA © Taiwan Railway Authority

Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) ordered 68 locomotives in 2019 from Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS). These are the first electric locomotives for TRA since 1992. Although they are designed for passenger and freight service,  these electric locomotives will mainly be used for express passenger trains connecting major cities in Taiwan, pulling Chukuang and Tzechiang express trains. 

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