MTR Hyundai Rotem EMU

The Hyundai Rotem EMU (also known as R-Train or 1141B) is an upcoming model of heavy rail electric multiple units to be used on the Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong. The 9-car sets are manufactured by Hyundai Rotem for the future North South Corridor, an extension of the East Rail Line, at a cost of HK$4 billion.[1] 37 trainsets were ordered in December 2012[2] and the first delivery took place in 2015.[3][4] All trainsets will in service by 2021 in time for the opening of the Sha Tin to Central Link, by which time all Metro Cammell EMUs will be retired and SP1900 EMUs withdrawn and reassigned to the East West Corridor.[2]

Hyundai Rotem EMU (R-Train)
MTR Hyundai Rotem EMU (Trainset 2, Car D006) parking at Lo Wu Marshaling Yard
ManufacturerHyundai Rotem
Built atChangwon, South Korea
ReplacedMetro Cammell EMU (AC)
Entered service2020 or 2021
Number built333 (37 Vehicles)
Number in service37
Formation9 cars per trainset
Fleet numbersD001/D003 – D109/D111
Depot(s)Ho Tung Lau, Fo Tan
Line(s) served     East Rail line (Future)
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length25,000 mm (82 ft 0.3 in) (cars with driver cab)
24,136 mm (79 ft 2.2 in) (cars without driver cab)
Width3,220 mm (10 ft 6.8 in)
Height4,180 mm (13 ft 8.6 in) (without pantograph or air conditioner)
Platform height1,066.8 mm (3 ft 6.00 in) Under the Wires to Lo Wu, The Railway Magazine, November 1983
Doors5 per side
2 per side (First Class)
Maximum speedDesign 130 km/h (81 mph)
Service 120 km/h (75 mph)
Traction systemIGBT-VVVF
(Mitsubishi Electric)
Power output190 kW or 255 hp per motor
Acceleration1 m/s2 (3.3 ft/s2)
DecelerationService 1.1 m/s2 (3.6 ft/s2),
emergency 1.35 m/s2 (4.4 ft/s2)
Electric system(s)25 kV AC, 50 Hz Catenary
Current collection methodPantograph
Braking system(s)Pneumatic and Regenerative
Safety system(s)Siemens Trainguard MT CBTC ATO and ATP
Coupling systemTightlock coupler (end cars)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) Standard gauge


The formation ranges from D001/D003 (Trainset 1) to D109/D111 (Trainset 37). One car will still be reserved for the first class in each train set. The 9-car formation is shorter than the existing 12-car East Rail Line train. There are concerns that the new formation may worsen the existing overcrowding problem.[5][6] However, the Transport and Housing Bureau and MTRC suggest that the new signaling system and higher train speeds will increase the train frequency from three minutes down to two minutes. Also, after the completion of the Sha Tin to Central Link (Tai Wai – Hung Hom section) in 2019, 20% of the existing East Rail line passengers will take the new East West Corridor.

Design and featuresEdit

The front appearance of an MTR Hyundai Rotem EMU with the opened coupler cover (Trainset 3, Car D007)
An MTR Hyundai Rotem EMU (Trainset 1, Car D001), having just arrived at Fo Tan Freight Terminal
The MTR Hyundai Rotem EMU's first class car.

The Hyundai Rotem EMU train will be more advanced than the existing trains.

  • The exterior of these trains is similar to that of the C-trains, including the presence of emergency exits, the first new trains on the ex-KCR network to be so equipped (though such doorways existed on the pre-refurbished Metro Cammell trains). They are painted in the same livery as those operating on the South Island line. The cab ends, though, show some small differences, including a slightly angled front end and modified headlight cluster.
  • Train doors on this stock are more evenly distributed, similar to pre-merger MTR trains. This is especially noticeable in the first class compartment, where the doors are painted yellow to distinguish from standard class. The location of the doors in the first class compartment allow both to be used for normal boarding, which is not possible using the offset arrangement of previous sets.
  • Seats near gangway connections are placed horizontally, making room for standing space. The new signaling system will also be compatible with future automatic platform gates on the North-South Corridor.
  • Train compartment will be wider than existing trains, increasing capacity.
  • All lighting will use LEDs instead of incandescent lighting.
  • 27-inch LCD display screen is installed for MTR in-train TV
  • Dynamic route maps and improved grab poles
  • "Rugby-like" grab pole


Train configurationsEdit

D car, the motor car with driver cab. Image showing car D004
P car, the trailer car with pantograph. Image showing car P004
M car, the motor car. Image showing car M004
F car, the first class compartment motor car. Image showing car F005
Cars of Hyundai Rotem EMU
car type description driver cab motor pantograph driving panel emergency door at heads emergency stairs at sides cross train line class
D car the motor car with driver cab O O X X O X X standard class
F car the first class compartment motor car X O X O X X X first class
M car the motor car X O X O X X O
(at M car in the middle group)
standard class
P car the trailer car with pantograph X X O X X O X standard class
downward/southbound (to Hung Hom) Trainsets at East Rail line (37 trainsets) (to Lo Wu / Lok Ma Chau) upward/northbound

Trainsets delivered to Hong Kong (8 trainsets)

  • D001-P001-M001+M002-P002-F002+M003-P003-D003
  • D004-P004-M004+M005-P005-F005+M006-P006-D006
  • D007-P007-M007+M008-P008-F008+M009-P009-D009
  • D010-P010-M010+M011-P011-F011+M012-P012-D012
  • D013-P013-M013+M014-P014-F014+M015-P015-D015
  • D016-P016-M016+M017-P017-F017+M018-P018-D018
  • D019-P019-M019+M020-P020-F020+M021-P021-D021
  • D022-P022-M022+M023-P023-F023+M024-P024-D024

Trainsets not yet in service (29 trainsets)

  • D025-P025-M025+M026-P026-F026+M027-P027-D027
  • D028-P028-M028+M029-P029-F029+M030-P030-D030
  • D031-P031-M031+M032-P032-F032+M033-P033-D033
  • D034-P034-M034+M035-P035-F035+M036-P036-D036
  • D037-P037-M037+M038-P038-F038+M039-P039-D039
  • D040-P040-M040+M041-P041-F041+M042-P042-D042
  • D043-P043-M043+M044-P044-F044+M045-P045-D045
  • D046-P046-M046+M047-P047-F047+M048-P048-D048
  • D049-P049-M049+M050-P050-F050+M051-P051-D051
  • D052-P052-M052+M053-P053-F053+M054-P054-D054
  • D055-P055-M055+M056-P056-F056+M057-P057-D057
  • D058-P058-M058+M059-P059-F059+M060-P060-D060
  • D061-P061-M061+M062-P062-F062+M063-P063-D063
  • D064-P064-M064+M065-P065-F065+M066-P066-D066
  • D067-P067-M067+M068-P068-F068+M069-P069-D069
  • D070-P070-M070+M071-P071-F071+M072-P072-D072
  • D073-P073-M073+M074-P074-F074+M075-P075-D075
  • D076-P076-M076+M077-P077-F077+M078-P078-D078
  • D079-P079-M079+M080-P080-F080+M081-P081-D081
  • D082-P082-M082+M083-P083-F083+M084-P084-D084
  • D085-P085-M085+M086-P086-F086+M087-P087-D087
  • D088-P088-M088+M089-P089-F089+M090-P090-D090
  • D091-P091-M091+M092-P092-F092+M093-P093-D093
  • D094-P094-M094+M095-P095-F095+M096-P096-D096
  • D097-P097-M097+M098-P098-F098+M099-P099-D099
  • D100-P100-M100+M101-P101-F101+M102-P102-D102
  • D103-P103-M103+M104-P104-F104+M105-P105-D105
  • D106-P106-M106+M107-P107-F107+M108-P108-D108
  • D109-P109-M109+M110-P110-F110+M111-P111-D111


  • First class compartments are marked with yellow span


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