Chinese firm confident Dalian trains will pass weight test
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018
Weight testing of the new trains purchased by DOTR from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Co
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has begun the weight testing on 48 light rail vehicles (LRV) the agency purchased from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Co.
The tests are being conducted by an independent audit team TUV Rhineland to check if the LRVs are overweight.
During the testing, an LRV was loaded with sandbags to determine if the train is safe to run on tracks.
Each sandbag weighed 17.5 kilograms equivalent to the weight of 394 persons, the ideal capacity of each train.
DOTr is still waiting for the result of the system audit and recommendation from TUV Rhineland as to whether or not to use the LRVs.
“We’d like to wait for our auditors report on that before we give definite answer. Different factors kasi yung pumapasok dun sa tanong kung acceptable ba siya or hindi,” explained Undersecretary for Railways John Batan.
Meanwhile, Dalian Locomotive’s general manager for overseas business Li Depu is confident that their trains will pass the weighing test.
The total required weight for each train should be 46.4 tons. DOTr previously said each Dalian train weighed 49.7 tons.
The audit result and recommendation is expected to reach DOTr next month. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Weight testing of the new trains purchased by DOTR from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Company
After lying idle in storage for more than two years at the MRT-3 depot in Quezon City, the trains acquired from China’s Dalian Locomotive (DLRSC) and Rolling Stocks Company are scheduled to undergo a test run next month.
Department of Transportation (DOTr), Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said that two to three train sets are set to operate under provisional service revenue in October to ensure that the trains are compatible and are safe to use by passengers of MRT-3.
Philippine National Railways general manager, Jun Magno said the DLRSC has assured that possible hazards in the units have already been rectified.
DOTr and the Planning Department of the PNR will let the Dalian trains run for 150 hours to ensure that potential hazards have been rectified by DLRSC.
“Kung may hazards pa rin di na namin tatapusin 150; isauli na namin sa Dalian, ‘Rectify niyo ulit ito’,” said Magno.
If the test drive is successful, Usec. Batan said they may possibly begin to operate the trains during the actual operating hours of MRT-3.
“Magpapatakbo muna tayo outside revenue hours para hindi natin maapektuhan yung operations natin habang may pasahero and later on kapag umusad tayo dun sa susunod na phase ng inspection ay gagawin na natin siya during revenue hours magagamit na siya ng mga pasahero,” said Batan
Meanwhile, an agreement on the takeover of Sumitomo as the rehabilitation and maintenance provider of MRT-3, is expected to be signed at the end of this month.
Last August, the economic managers have given the go signal for the rehabilitation of MRT-3 with a budget of P18.8 billion loaned from the Japanese government.
Once the rehabilitation is completed, it is expected to double the number of operational trains until the year 2022. — Joan Nano
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