South Island Line (East)

Hong Kong’s metro operator MTR has received the first of the ten three-car trains fleet for the 7km-long medium capacity South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)) railway at the company’s Siu Ho Wan Depot.

Changchun Railway Vehicles Co had been contracted for the manufacture and supply of the train fleet, which will be equipped for unmanned operations.

The SIL(E) line, which will operate trains at a frequency of nearly three minutes during peak travel periods, runs from Admiralty to South Horizons with three intermediate stations at Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang and Lei Tung.

The new SIL(E) trains are being fitted with a fully-automatic operation system to enable a higher level of reliability and flexibility in train operations.

"The delivered trains will go through repeated critical tests."

MTR projects director TC Chew said: "A series of rigorous static and dynamic tests and a 5,000-kilometre test run have been conducted at the manufacturer’s factory.

"The delivered trains will go through repeated critical tests and integrated tests in Hong Kong in the coming months to make sure that the new train fleet is ready to serve on the South Island Line (East) with high performance in safety and operation."

The train sets will now undergo a series of initial tests at the depot in the coming months and will undergo final testing and commissioning at the Wong Chuk Hang Depot later this year.

The remaining trains will be delivered in the coming months and are expected to enter revenue service in 2015.


Image: The new South Island Line (East) train will undergo the first series of tests at Siu Ho Wan Depot. Photo: courtesy of MTR.