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Train possibly delayed by poor connections

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) yesterday said a poor electrical connection in a train’s main controller might have been the cause of a power failure on one of its trains on Monday.

The incident occurred on Monday evening when northbound train No. 1354 arrived at the high-speed rail station in Banciao District (板橋), New Taipei City (新北市). At 8:18pm, the train conductor reported that the train had experienced a power failure, but the lighting and air-conditioning systems on board still functioned as usual.

Because the conductor was unable to fix the problem, THSRC’s operation control center decided that all passengers on board should be transferred to another train. The backup train arrived at Taipei Main Station, the final destination, at 8:50pm, 26 minutes later than the original schedule, the company said.

THSRC said the unexpected mechanical problem delayed three other northbound trains by between nine and 18 minutes.

However, the company said power on the No. 1354 train resumed after all the passengers had disembarked.

THSRC spokesperson Ted Chia (賈先德) said the train was now being inspected at the company’s main workshop in Yenchao District (燕巢), Greater Kaohsiung.

He said the power failure might have been caused by a poor connection in parts of the train’s main controller, adding that the company has yet to determine the cause of the problem.

The incident had generated some concern that such an incident could lead to another high-speed train colliding with a disabled train from the rear.

In response, the company said that the operation control center monitors the movement of each train. When a train stops, another train traveling behind it would maintain a safety distance of 1km, the company said.

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