17 January 2006
Update on number of cracked equipment found on East Rail trains up to noon, 17 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 40 major and 1 non-major components checked in the past day, cracks were found on the welding of the mounting brackets on 2 more major components and the non-major component. (Please refer to attachment for details).
KCRC also maintained close contact with and continuously update 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. So far train operation was smooth and passengers travelling on East Rail was similar to normal days.
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 17 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 16 2 59 0
Main Equipment Case 57 57 18 57 12 out of 18
Main Compressor 116 116 10 N/A Completed
MA Set 116 116 31 116 0
MA Converter Case 116 93 15 116 75 out of 84
Auxilliary Equipment Case 116 116 72 116 (5 repaired)
Main Transformer 116 33 <2> 116 0
Battery Charger 84 22 0 84 0
Battery Box 336 76 1 336 0
Cab Air Conditioning Unit 58 10 3 58 0
Compressor Choke 116 116 8 116 0
MA Choke 116 34 0 116 0
Smoothing Inductor 59 23 0 59 0
Total 1465 828 162 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 7 1 59  
Total 6535 428 40 59  
Remark:
<> Represents upper mounting bracket.