The Taiwan Railway Corporation’s R200 locomotives are in service. Built by Swiss company Stadler Rail, the diesel-electric locomotives were launched Wednesday, after completing a year of testing and adjustments. They will be used for freight and military transport, improving safety and lowering costs. And rail fans take note. R200 merchandise is now available at TRC stores nationwide.

The locomotive starts slowly, pulling eight cars loaded with marble, military trucks, and shipping containers. The Taiwan Railway Corporation’s R200 entered service on Wednesday. Rail fans gathered bright and early to ensure a front-row seat at the launch.

Member of public
I got here around 7 a.m. It’s very cool.

Member of public
I came over here from New Taipei. This new locomotive is much quieter. It produces a lot less pollution. It’s also much more powerful.

The R200 is a high-performance diesel-electric locomotive supplied by a Swiss company. It has a powerful 2,700-horsepower motor. It also exceeds the Taiwan government’s standards for mobile-source pollutants. The R200 is Taiwan’s first locomotive equipped with peripheral cameras, which give views surrounding the vehicle. It’s also got engine overheat protection and automatic fire suppression, improving safety for train crews.

Member of public
I got here around 7:30 a.m. I bought two keychains, two souvenir water bottles, and a mug.

At the locomotive’s launch event, rail fans flocked to booths selling R200 merchandise. The first 100 people at the event received a limited-edition R200 EasyCard.

Tu Wei
Taiwan Railway Corporation head
In the future, the R200 will be used for freight, military transport, and other special purposes. It will help the Taiwan Railway Corporation improve its freight services.

The rail operator said that in the future, the R200 will be deployed at the Hualien and Changhua locomotive depots, undertaking freight transport along the Eastern and Western main lines. It’s expected to improve the safety and efficiency of freight transport, while reducing transportation costs.

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