TRA conducts test ride of tilting trains
By Shelley Shan
STAFF REPORTER, IN HUALIEN
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2007, Page 4
The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) conducted a public test ride of its tilting trains along the North Link yesterday.
"Alright," yelled a TRA driver, as the train -- also known as Taroko Express -- pulled out of Taipei Main Station at 2pm.
The tilting train is equipped with a mechanism that allows it to counteract the centrifugal force generated when driving through curves. Rather than slowing down the train, drivers of tilting trains increase speed slightly when negotiating curves.
The train yesterday only took one hour and 55 minutes to get to Hualien. That compares with a travel time of nearly three hours for the usual express trains, known as Tzuchiang Express.