Tilting Train Express
|Tilting Train Express|
|In service||Not in service|
|Built at||Hyundai Rotem Changwon factory|
|Line(s) served||Chungbuk Line, Jungang Line|
|Car body construction||carbon/epoxy sandwitched aluminum honeycomb|
|Car length||24.50 m (80.4 ft)|
|Width||2.95 m (9.7 ft)|
|Maximum speed||achieved in tests:
222 km/h (138 mph)
design: 200 km/h (124 mph)
planned in service:
180 km/h (112 mph)
|Weight||344 t (379 short tons; 339 long tons)|
|Power output||16 × 250 kW (340 hp)
(4,000 kW or 5,400 hp)
|Power supply||25 kV/60 Hz AC|
|Current collection method||Single arm pantograph|
|UIC classification||Bo'Bo' + Bo'Bo' + 2'2' + 2'2' + Bo'Bo' + Bo'Bo'|
|Safety system(s)||Automatic Train Stop and
Automatic Train Protection
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The six-car train has distributed power and a design speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) and a planned service speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). The carbody is made on an aluminum honeycomb structure sandwiched between a carbon/epoxy composite material, reducing carbody mass by 40%. The interior design of two of the powered cars provides for 29 First Class seats in 2+1 configuration, that of the other two powered cars 56 Standard Class seats in 2+2 configuration, that of unpowered end cars 54 Standard Class seats.
Following a call by Nam-Hee Chae, the president of the Korea Railroad Research Institute, for proposals for a generic name for Korean-made high-speed trains, on April 5, 2007, Chae announced the name Hanvit (Hangul: 한빛), which means a streak of intense light in Korean. Under the new naming scheme, TTX became Hanvit 200.
The first test run with active tilting was conducted in the presence of the media on May 22, 2007, between Osong Station and nearby Ogeunjang Station on the Chungbuk Line. At the time, the train was planned to enter service in 2010. Until December 21, 2008, the train ran over 20,000 km (12,000 mi) in test runs on the Chungbuk Line, short of the 100,000 km (62,000 mi) planned. The test program of 100,000 km (62,000 mi) was completed until the end of 2009, with test runs on the Chungbuk, Jungang, Honam, Gyeongbu and Taebaek Lines followed by high-speed testing on the Gyeongbu High Speed Railway (Gyeongbu HSR), with 200 km/h (124 mph) achieved at 00:33 on November 19, 2009, between Osong and Daejeon. In a further test in September 2010 on the not yet opened second stage of the line between Daegu and Busan, the train achieved 222 km/h (138 mph).
By the end of 2009, the series version of the train was expected to enter regular service in 2013, starting on the Jungang Line. The future service is expected to reduce the travel time between Cheongnyangni in Seoul and Yeongju from the current Mugunghwa-ho travel time of 3 hours 25 minutes to 2 hours 55 minutes, further reducing to 1 hour 55 minutes after the upgrade of the Jungang Line. Further services are planned on the Taebaek and Yeongdong Lines.
- 한국형 복합소재 틸팅열차(한빛 200) (PDF) (in Korean). KRRI. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "TTX unveiled to public". KRRI. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "TTX prototype gets on test track". KRRI. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "HSR350x looking out for name". KRRI. 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- 한국형고속열차 네이밍 (in Korean). Chae, Nam-Hee. 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Kim, Kihwan (May 2008). "Korea develops high-speed ambitions". International Railway Journal: 35–36. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Korean TTX 'Hanvit 200' implements first test ride". KRRI. 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Hanvit-200 records over 20,000km on test". KRRI. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Korean Advanced Tilting Train Completes 200km/h Maximum Speed Test Run". KRRI. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Driving test of Korean tilting train TTX 222Km/h Completed". KRRI. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-11-21.