The Taroko Express (Chinese: 太魯閣號; pinyin: Tàilǔgé Hào) is an express train service of the Taiwan Railways Administration, and is part of Tze-Chiang Limited Express. The name of the service comes from the 19 kilometer long Taroko Gorge, which is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist spots, and the Truku people. It began commercial operations on 16 February 2007.
The Taroko Express uses the tilting electrical multiple unit series called TEMU1000 based on the JR Kyushu 885 series. They were imported to Taiwan in 2006; since 2007, they have been running between Hualien and Taipei City, 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. Some trains also continue from Taipei to Tianzhong Station. Its maximum operational speed is 130 kilometers per hour, or approximately 81 miles per hour.
From 2016 to 2019, one Taroko Express trainset (TED1013-TED1014) was painted in a Hello Kitty livery, similar to those used on some EVA Air fleet planes. However, on 2 April 2021, that same set derailed in Hualien County, killing 49 people with many others injured.
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