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Preserved Steam (and more) in Taiwan 2015
Part 1 - Main Line Steam

This is the first part of a series of pages arising from a March 2015 visit to Taiwan. James Waite and Takahide Yamamoto have contributed as indicated.

Introduction

Part 2 - The Alishan Railway's Shays

Part 3 - The Alishan Railway's Diesels

Part 4 - The Sugar Railways' Steam Locomotives

Part 5 - The Sugar Railways' Diesel Locomotives

Part 6: Miscellaneous Sugar Rolling Stock


A full list of known preserved main line steam locomotives is elsewhere on this site.

Our first port of call was the Railway Park at Miaoli, which is south-west of the railway station. It's down the first small lane after the traffic lights going south and it will not be apparent you have been successful until you almost reach the railway and turn right. In addition to the four steam locomotives ( 2 TRA, 1 Alishan and 1 sugar), there are a number of historic diesels present. You'll have to look on 'Google' or similar to find details.

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We next visited the roundhouse at Changhua, which is open to the public (effective 14th January 2015) Tuesday to Friday 13.00 to 16.00 and on holidays (including weekends) between 10.00 and 16.00. Despite the fact we had gone astray leaving Miaoli, we had to kill time before the site opened and enjoyed a traditional lunch opposite. Alas the three active steam locomotives based here were nowhere to be seen. CK 101 and CK 124 were said to be under repair in the Taipei area and due to return in August 2015, while DT 668 was at Datu north west of Changhua. We later found it at a maintenance depot, it could clearly be seen from the adjacent main road. The only steam present was the steam crane and that was parked up away from the publicly accessible areas. Since the staff had been very helpful answering our questions we resisted the temptation to 'do a bunk'.

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There are three preserved main line locomotives in Tainan. BK 24 is behind the College of Management, Cheng Kong University. It's an area immediately to the east of Tainan station. It's been sectioned on one side. CT 259 and DT 652 are at the Sports Park in the south of the city, just north of Dalin Street, which runs east off Nanmen Road which in turn runs due south from the Confucian temple. No buses seem to go all the way (the 2 and 5 go quite near), it's about 30 minutes walk from the station. It's actually next to the Rugby Stadium which doesn't see much use. The locomotives were being used as a backdrop to a shooting session with a couple of models.

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CT 278 is at Ershui Station (James Waite picture).

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In Taipei, LDK 58 is at the east end of the main station.

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1 and 9 are displayed outside the National Museum in Taipei (Takahide Yamamoto pictures)

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Rob Dickinson

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