The 1067mm-gauge locomotives will be used on passenger and freight services operated by TRA across Taiwan. Toshiba will manufacture the units at its facility in Fuchu, Japan, with delivery scheduled to commence in 2022.

The order is TRA’s first for new electric locomotives since 1992 and its first for locomotives entirely manufactured in Japan. The contract also includes supply of spare parts.

The contract continues Toshiba’s work with TRA. Since 2000, the Japanese company has supplied electrical equipment for 700 EMU600 commuter vehicles supplied by Daewoo and Hyundai. It is also delivering traction systems for 52 new 10-car commuter EMUs, which Hyundai Rotem is supplying under a contract awarded in June 2018. Theses trains are scheduled to enter service at the end of 2020.

TRA also awarded Hitachi a $NT 44.3bn ($US 1.45bn) contract to supply 50 12-car inter-city EMUs in January.

TRA is purchasing the locomotives and EMUs as part of its $NT 100bn 2015-2024 Train Procurement and Renewal Plan. TRA selected Stadler as the preferred bidder for a €165m contract to supply a fleet of 34 diesel-electric locomotives earlier this month.