Puyuma Express

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A Puyuma Express at Shulin Station.

The Puyuma Express (Chinese: 普悠瑪號; pinyin: Pǔyōumǎ Hào) is an express train service of the Taiwan Railways Administration. It began commercial operations on 6 February 2013 during the Chinese New Year.[1][2]

The Puyuma Express was commissioned by the TRA in order upgrade the Taiwanese rail system.[3] As the mountains of Taiwan are a barrier to coast-to-coast transportation, vehicular travel is vulnerable to traffic and crowding. The high speed and capacity of the Puyuma Express helps to alleviate this problem.[4] The Puyuma Express also increases the TRA's passenger capacity.[5] The maximum operational speed of the Puyuma Express is 150 km/h, making it the TRA's fastest service.[6] The Puyuma Express is marketed as Tzu-Chiang Limited Express, and the tickets are sold at the same price as the regular Tzu-Chiang; however, no service for standing/non-reserved passenger, and all seats are reserved similarly to the Taroko Express.

Naming[edit]

The name "Puyuma" comes from a Taitung place and the leader of Beinan people and meaning "collective and getting together", one of Taiwan's most popular tourist spots and the Puyuma people. It was chosen after a naming contest that was open to the public.[7]

History[edit]

They were imported to Taiwan in 2012; since 2013, they have been running between Hualien and Taipei, on the curvy Yilan Line at the existing narrow gauge tracks, where they reduced traveling time between the two places from previously 3 hours down to about 2 hours. On 28 February 2013, the TRA announced that Taitung would become a destination on the Puyuma by the end of 2013,[8] in concord with the completion of electrification of the Taitung Line.

Rolling Stock[edit]

The Puyuma Express (普悠瑪列車) uses the tilting electrical multiple unit series TEMU2000 built by Nippon Sharyo. The TRA purchased a total of 136 Puyuma cars.[9] The first 16 cars arrived on 25 October 2012.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shan, Shelley (2013-01-16). "Puyuma Express to be launched - Taipei Times". The Taipei Times. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  2. ^ "TRA promotes train-bus service, offers Puyuma train tickets - The China Post". The China Post. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Puyuma train launch carries hopes of East Coast travelers - The China Post". The China Post. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Puyuma train launch carries hopes of East Coast travelers - The China Post". The China Post. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  5. ^ Shan, Shelley (2013-02-06). "Puyuma Express begins service - Taipei Times". The Taipei Times. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Puyuma trains good to go after safety approval - The China Post". The China Post. 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Tilting trains to be named 'Puyuma' - Taipei Times". The Taipei Times. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  8. ^ "Taitung to be destination for Puyuma by year-end - The China Post". The China Post. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  9. ^ "TRA takes delivery of 16 new train car - The China Post". The China Post. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  10. ^ "Train platforms altered to make way for tilted train". The Taipei Times. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 

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