On Feb. 6, 2016, the night before Chinese New year, a strong earthquake happened in Meinong District that battered the HSR system in southern Taiwan and severely impacted the traffic dispersing work for the Chinese New Year holidays. Although THSRC put in all maintenance personnel to the rescue, unfortunately most existing OCS vehicles were left by suppliers from the construction phase and part of the vehicles were more than 40 years of age which could only speed up to 45 km/h so failed to raise disaster patrol speed and shorten repairing time. Though THSRC successively purchased many OCS vehicles since 2014, most were used equipment from JRC. In order to enhance disaster survey and repair speed, THSRC has planned to purchase all new OCS maintenance vehicles. Meanwhile, the newly purchased OCS maintenance vehicles at TRA have arrived and they gradually eliminated existing vehicles at different power sections to strengthen the safeguard of maintenance personnel, enhance service efficiency and shorten repair time. As of May 2016, seven of the OCS maintenance vehicles have completed delivery operations. Then, on May 13, the Railways Supervision Task Force arranged a THSRC team to visit TRA Hsinchu power section to take a look at their new OCS maintenance vehicles via the TRA and HSR Rail Technology Interchange Project.
On the trip, the three parties, TRA, THSRC and the Railways Supervision Task Force, made technical discussions on OCS maintenance vehicle functional specification, budgeting, procurement procedures, delivery operations, acceptance, warranty, training, spare parts and other subjects. They also exchanged views on vehicle distribution, urgent repair work and OCS replacing operations. This event not only had the two major domestic railway organizations exchange experience on OCS system maintenance, emergency repair strategy and subsequent sophisticated measures but gave THSRC the opportunity to absorb TRA’s experience on procurement, emergency repair strategy and OCS replacing operations which would become valuable reference for THSRC’s future procurement and improvement measures. Simultaneously, the Railways Supervision Task Force also took this matchmaking opportunity to better understand distribution and elimination of OCS vehicles of various railway operating organizations which would be helpful for following implementation of supervision operations.