Plarail Taiwan Illustrated List

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A listing of Taiwan limited release Plarail.

Most of the text on the boxes is in Traditional Chinese. In most cases the characters are the same as those used in Japan, but there are some differences between Japanese (Kanji) and the Chinese (Hanzi) characters used in Taiwan. Simplified Japanese kana (Hiragana – ひらがな, and Katakana – カタカナ) are generally not used except for the logos – e.g. Plarail プラレール. One obvious difference is that on Japanese boxes ‘set’ is セット - ‘setto’, whereas on these it is 組 – ‘zǔ’.

Most boxes carry an English name and a Taiwan Chinese name, but in many examples one is not a translation of the other. Sometimes the Taiwanese name on one product can be the same as the English name on a different product, which can make things a bit confusing. So for each one I have given three names, the English, the Chinese characters, and a translation of the Chinese into English.

Items are listed in chronological order of release. A few items might possibly have been released one or two months earlier than the dates given, but I think they are pretty much correct.

Five different trains are represented, these will be described very briefly as they appear in the list.

(no English name)
TW-01 700T 台灣高鐵列車
TW-01 700T Taiwan High Speed Rail Train
Release date: June 2007.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 700T is based on the 700 Series Shinkansen, with the "T" referring to Taiwan. The trains were manufactured in Japan by Kawasaki, Nippon Sharyo, and Hitachi, and were the first Japanese Shinkansen trains to be exported. The TSHR came into service on January 5th 2007 and is still in service.

The numbering suggests that Tomy were planning a TW-series of Taiwanese models, but TW-01 is as far as it ever got. The Plarail 700 srs Shinkansen of the same era is shown for comparison.

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Taiwan High Speed Rail Basic Set
Release date: June 2007.

It’s certainly ‘basic’; just the lead and middle cars, a small oval, a few trees and a signal. Nice palm trees though.

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Taiwan High Speed Rail Super Train Set
Release date: June 2007.

The Pla-kids are the same as those in the 500 Series Basic Set (2003).

Taiwan High Speed Rail Super Attendant Train Set
Release date: November 2009.

Another 700T set, this one with the same layout as the N700 Series Basic Set (2007). The Pla-kid is the Attendant from the Chinese name of the set.

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High-Speed Rail Round-The-Island Tour Set
Release date: November 2009.

A combined Plarail / Tomica package, with Plarail branding on one side of the box and Tomica branding on the other. You get a Tomica Mitsubishi Aero Queen THSR shuttle bus and a female Pla-kid attendant in the same uniform as the one in the DX Starter Set.

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Taiwan Railway Taroko Super Set
Release date: August 2011, re-issued April 2013.

The Taroko Express is a TEMU1000 tilting EMU. It is based on the JR Kyushu 885 (White Sonic etc.) and came into service in 2007.

This has the same layout as the Taiwan 700T Super Set, but with just one Pla-kid this time.

There are two different boxes.  The original 2011 set contains a train conductor Pla-kid that’s almost the same as the one that comes with the J-27 Pla-kids crossing except that he has gold buttons, not yellow. The 2013 re-issue contains a re-purposed Mr Magoguchi, the 30-year working veteran driver of the S-53 C57 Unit 1 SL Yamaguchi.

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Thanks to Zhu Junbin, admin of the Tomy Plarail(Taiwan) Facebook group, for helping me establish the release date of the re-issue.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Automatic Station Set
Release date: October 2012.

This is based on the E5 Hayabusa & Tomica Rotary Station Set (2011).

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Takara Tomy video:

Taiwan High Speed Rail Variety Train Set
Release date: January 2013.

This is a re-box of the Basic Rail Set (2009), but with an added THSR 700T and a different station.

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Taiwan High Speed Rail Basic Set
April 2013.

This has the same Chinese name as the 2007 Taiwan 700T Basic Set. It’s another 2-car offering, but with the front and rear cars this time.

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Taiwan Railway Taroko Basic Set
Release date: April 2013.

Another 2-car set.

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TEMU1000 & TEMU2000 (but only on the back of the box)
Taiwan Railway Series Taroko and Puyuma Train Set
Release date: November 2013

The Puyuma Express is another Japan-built tilting train this one is called the TEMU2000. It came into service in 2013.  Four different Puyuma sets were released at the same time.

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Puyuma Basic Set
Release date: November 2013

2-car train.

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Puyuma Level Crossing Set
Release date: November 2013

The layout is the same as Plarail Rail Set B (c.1995).

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Here’s a link to an early Suzukawa video

Puyuma Super Change Set
Release date: November 2013

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Taiwan High Speed Rail Fun Train Set
Release date: December 2016

Yet another 2-car version of the THSR 700T.

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Taiwan High Speed Rail Creative Track Set
Release date: December 2016

A rather diminished offering when compared with the 2013 THSRC Creativity Set, not really DX at all.

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新太魯閣 Hello Kitty號超級組
New Taroko Hello Kitty Super Set
Release date: January 2017

The Hello Kitty-themed Taroko Express made its inaugural run on March 21, 2016. The train was installed with a total of 376 Hello Kitty headrest covers, but when the train had finished its round trip from Taipei to Taitung, all but 48 of them had disappeared! - as gleefully reported by the mainland China press

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機捷百變創意軌道組 < 直達車
Quick And Easy Variety Creative Track Set – Direct Train
Release date: December 2018.

The Taoyuan MRT connects Taipei and Taoyuan Airport. The line opened in March 2017.  This train with the purple livery is the 2000-type which operates the "Direct Train" express service.

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機場捷運樂趣組 < 普通車
Airport MRT Fun Set – Ordinary Train
Release date: January 2019

This train with the blue livery is the 1000-type with more seats than the 2000-type. It operates the "Ordinary Train" commuter service which stops at all stations on the line, as shown by the schematic on the back of the box.

The layout is again the same as Rail Set B, but the level crossing is moulded in yellow.

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超スピード THSRセット
Super-Speed THSR Set
Taiwan High Speed Train Set
Release date: June 2019

Taiwan version of the Super Speed Doctor Yellow set (March 2018), this one has a name in Japanese, as well as the English, and Chinese.  Note that the THSR 700T is a new model using the rear-switch motor chassis.

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Taoyuan MRT Double Train Set
Release date: December 2019

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Kanahei High-Speed Rail Train Set
Release date: October 2021

Kanahei’s animals are apparently ‘Digital Stickers’, like next-level emojis, and popular with young girls in Japan, Taiwan, and elsewhere.  The Kanahei THSR 700T made its first trip on 14th November 2019, dripping with merchandise of course.

The Pla-kid from the 2009 700T DX Starter Set has re-appeared. He’s aged well.

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That's all, folks.

EDIT: 2022/23 update here
(This post was last modified: 01-25-2024, 11:44 PM by chrisjo.)
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Thank you so much for another informative topic and collection of research on our favorite hobby Dr Chris. Great piece of work so much so that is has been stuck to the top of the Thread so all can easily access it.

Wow...I had no idea that, what I call, the Orange Winged Bullet had come in 12 releases. In my mind I always thought it only came in 2 or 3.
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A very diligently and thoroughly researched topic. Great job, Chris! 👍👍👍

(My personal favorite: Taoyuan MRT Double Train Set. The Express, the all-pink one, has a similar baggage system (enclosed carriage) to the Hong Kong MTR Airport Express...)
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There was one other item that I found when investigating this subject:

Taiwan High Speed Rail 700T Kanahei’s Small Animal Wrapping Limited Edition Train

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However, the discerning observer would note that Plarail Advance was extinct by the start of 2017, whereas the subject of this set made its first trip at the end of 2019. Suspicion would be justified. It turns out that the creator didn't just make the train, but custom packaging for it as well, using their AS-07 packet as its basis.

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This is an update of the lead post in this thread, and covers the years 2022-2023.

Release date: late December 2022.

A set of four different starter sets released by Tomy Asia. The two featuring Taiwanese trains were exclusive to Taiwan, while the other two were released in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc, as well as in Taiwan. Three of them include a Pla-kid, which seems a strange decision for sets clearly aimed at the very young.

There are differences in the designs of the two sets of boxes. The text on the two Taiwan exclusive boxes is a mixture of Japanese and Chinese, while the text on the other two is a mixture of Japanese and English. The backs of the Taiwan boxes show all four sets, but the other two just show rail extension suggestions.

Taiwan Railway Taroko Line

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Taroko lead car, 6 curve rails, two R-11 turnouts, and the station attendant Pla-kid that we've seen many times before, such as in the J-28 Plakids Station.

Taiwan Railway Puyuma Line

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Puyuma lead car, 6 curve rails, two R-12 turnouts, and a new female Pla-kid unique to this set. She resembles the figure that appeared on the boxes of the previous Puyuma sets, in the traditional dress of the Puyuma people after whom the Puyuma Express is named.

BLUE FLYNER and Animal Carrier Train
Not Taiwan exclusives, but included here for completeness. The 'Blue Flyner' is a repaint of the lead car from the 'P001 Red Flyner' that appeared in the 2019 60th Anniversary Best Selection Set. It doesn't have the integral driver figure, but you get a Pla-kid instead - the senior station attendant from the J-28 Plakids Station. The Animal Carrier Train is EF200-18 from the S-38 Long Container Train plus the KF-03 Animal Transport Wagon, running empty.

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台北捷運文湖線 BT370型
Taipei MRT Wenhu Line BT370 Type
Release date: January 2023

As you can see, the only English identifier on the box is the generic 'Plarail Basic Set Series'.  This is the first Plarail model of a Metro Taipei train, as distinct from the earlier Taoyuan MRT trains which go to Taiwan airport and are run by a separate company.

BT270 is Metro Taipei's name for the Bombardier Innovia APM256. It is a driverless 2-car EMU running on rubber tyres within a guideway. The same stock is used at Chicago's O'Hare airport.

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The set is a simple oval with a 2-car train, a stop rail, and a small station platform. The supplied stickers are for Taipei Zoo station, which is at one end of the Wenhu line.

(no English title on this box)
台北捷運動物園站遊戲組 レールセット
Taipei MRT Zoo Station Playset Rail Set in a combination of Chinese and Japanese
Release date: March 2023
[Image: METRO-ZOO-01.jpg] [Image: METRO-ZOO-02.jpg]

A tie-in between Plarail and the Tomy Ania animals and zoo sets. As well as the partially elevated loop, it includes the Metro Taipei BT370 lead car, an animal carrier wagon in yellow and green, a pond, a panda, and a playmat.

台北捷文湖線 BR 文湖線 BT370
Taipei Express BR Wenhu Line BT370
Release date: September 2023

The Wenhu line is also known as the Brown Line, abbreviated to BR, and coloured brown on maps and signage.

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So seventeen years after the first Taiwan exclusive 3-car box, we now have the second, and this one is weird. As noted above, the BT370 is a 2-car unit; though sometimes it operates in pairs, giving 4-cars. In order to make a 3-car, Tomy have paired a 2-car unit with an additional trailing car, a combination that cannot exist in the real world, and just looks plain wrong.
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Thanks for the update Dr Chris. I don't think I have seen that PlaKid girl with the Taiwan Railway Puyuma Line. Have to get one 😁
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Taiwan Railway Container Train Set. Taiwan Railways E200 type loco, no further information yet.

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Oh wow...finally something new and different. This reminded me of the Plarail Sagawa Container train where the engine unit could house one container. I am curious the middle of this Taiwan engine supposed to represent two containers in the middle. I also like the black container flat beds, the new colors and stickers of those containers too. Thank you Dr Chris for showing this newbee.

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(03-17-2024, 10:37 AM)Super Wrote: is the middle of this Taiwan engine supposed to represent two containers in the middle?

No, good source of pictures is Chinese Wikipedia. Seems that it could be E200, E300, or E400.

and there's this:
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Thanks Dr Chris. Well, my first impression was way off lol. Is it just me that with those vertical ribs showing in the middle resemble a container. Those ribs don't seem to be in the pictures of the real one.
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