16 January 2006
Update on number of cracked equipment found on East Rail trains up to noon, 16 Jan
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today continues to conduct non-destructive test (NDT) on the welding of mounting brackets of East Rail trains underframe components. As of noon today, among the 37 major components checked in the past day, cracks were found on the welding of the mounting brackets on 3 more major components. (Please refer to attachment for details).
KCRC also maintained close contact with the Transport Department on the latest service arrangement after East Rail switched to manual driving under the safety protection of the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) mode yesterday.
The total journey time between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Lo Wu has been extended by about 1.5 minutes from 41 to 42.5 minutes. The morning peak hour frequency is reduced from 24 trips to 23 trips per hour per direction, while 12 trains were maintained during the peakest period between 8:15 am and 8:45 am. Off-peak hour and evening peak hour frequency are not affected. Intercity through trains and freight services are not affected.
KCRC appreciates passengers' confidence in our service. The Corporation has deployed additional staff to closely monitor the traffic situation, and will inform the government immediately of any service changes. KCRC also appeals to the public to pay close attention to the announcement made by radio and television, and to plan their journeys early according to their own travel schedules.
For further enquiries, please call the Hotline at 2929 3399.
 
AS AT 16 JAN NOON TOTAL NO. OF CRACKED EQUIPMENT FOUND AFTER NDT PROGRESS OF APPLYING NYLONS PROGRESS OF INSTALLING SECONDARY SUPPORT
MAJOR ITEM NO. OF EQUIPMENT INSPECTED NO. OF EQUIPMENT WITH CRACK FOUND
DC Equipment Case 59 15 1 59 0
Main Equipment Case 57 57 18 57 11 out of 18
Main Compressor 116 116 10 N/A Completed
MA Set 116 116 31 116 0
MA Converter Case 116 89 15 116 74 out of 84
Auxilliary Equipment Case 116 116 72 116 (4 repaired)
Main Transformer 116 28 1 116 0
Battery Charger 84 20 0 84 0
Battery Box 336 60 1 336 0
Cab Air Conditioning Unit 58 7 3 58 0
Compressor Choke 116 116 8 116 0
MA Choke 116 29 0 116 0
Smoothing Inductor 59 19 0 59 0
Total 1465 788 160 1349  
Non-major item          
Traction Motor Mounting 464 24 0 ---  
Brake Unit 348 27 1 ---  
Main Reservoir 792 54 12 By 31/1  
Auxiliary Reservoir 116 38 1 ---  
Surge Suppression Reservoir 1392 90 23 ---  
Wheel Slide Unit 348 27 1 ---  
Brake Caliper 2784 144 0 ---  
APC Antennae 116 12 1 ---  
Resistor Case 116 5 0 ---  
Rectifier Case 59 6 0 59  
Total 6535 427 39 59