20 January 2006
Update on number of cracked equipment found on East Rail trains up to noon, 20 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 212 major components checked in the past day, new cracks were found on the welding of mounting brackets of 9 major components and 9 more upper mounting brackets. For the 9 non-major components checked, cracks were found on 1 more rectifier case. (Please refer to attachment for details).
Starting from 20 January (Today), KCRC invited the Employment Development Service of Hong Kong Christian Service to provide professional personal counselling and consultation to help KCRC staff handle stress.
To facilitate staff to give their views and make suggestions on this subject, a designated email account has been set up. All messages will be put forward to the attention of the senior management and relevant parties. If at all possible, written reply will be made to address the points raised by the senders. Also, a "HR Hotline" manned by operator has been established to receive calls.
On the service aspect, the Corporation has deployed additional staff to closely monitor the traffic situation, and maintained close contact with the Transport Department to report on the latest service arrangement. KCRC will inform the government immediately of any service changes. The Corporation 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 20 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 NO. OF UPPER MOUNTING BRACKET WITH CRACK FOUND
DC Equipment Case 59 44 2 0 59 0
Main Equipment Case 57 57 18 <4> 57 13 out of 18
Main Compressor 116 116 10 <2> N/A Completed
MA Set 116 116 31 <4> 116 0
MA Converter Case 116 107 15 0 116 82 out of 84
Auxilliary Equipment Case 116 116 72 0 116 (5 repaired)
Main Transformer 116 82 0 <3> 116 0
Battery Charger 84 60 6 0 84 0
Battery Box 336 242 7 <2> 336 0
Cab Air Conditioning Unit 58 28 3 0 58 0
Compressor Choke 116 116 8 0 116 0
MA Choke 116 85 3 <1> 116 0
Smoothing Inductor 59 52 0 0 59 0
Total 1465 1221 175 <16> 1349  
Non-major item            
Traction Motor Mounting 464 24 0 0 ---  
Brake Unit 348 27 1 0 ---  
Main Reservoir 792 54 12 0 By 31/1  
Auxiliary Reservoir 116 38 1 0 ---  
Surge Suppression Reservoir 1392 90 23 0 ---  
Wheel Slide Unit 348 27 1 0 ---  
Brake Caliper 2784 144 0 0 ---  
APC Antennae 116 12 1 0 ---  
Resistor Case 116 5 0 0 ---  
Rectifier Case 59 25 3 0 59  
Total 6535 446 42 0 59  
Remark:
<> Represents upper mounting bracket.