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Preserved Steam (and more) in Taiwan 2015
Part 2 - The Alishan Railway's Shays

This is the second 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 1 - Main Line Steam

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 surviving Alishan steam locomotives is elsewhere on this site. For a description of the 2ft 6in (762mm) gauge railway which runs from Chiayi to Alishan see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alishan_Forest_Railway.

Our first Alishan Shay was 28 at Miaoli Railway Park (click the link for locational information). It's a bit battered but more or less intact.

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There are several Shays in Chiayi, most are around Beimen, which is the first station out, just before are the workshops, a railway park and the shed. Beimen station is apparently the last surviving original wooden station. Shays 13 and 23 are in the park, the photographs flatter their condition. 21 is under a locked shelter in the north-west corner of Chungshan Park, these days more commonly called Chiayi Park, it's a little way south of Beimen. It could do with a clean.

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Shays 25 and 26 were parked together near the shed. 26 has been a runner but does not seem to have been used for a while. 25 has been converted to an oil burner and had apparently last been used on a run to Chuchi and back in December 2014.

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There are two Shays at Fenchihu, 18 and 29, effectively the half way point on the railway and the current terminus until the line reopens fully (scheduled for late 2015).

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James Waite recorded Shay 31 in steam at Alishan on March 18th. It was put on the back of three morning service trains to Chaoping and then allowed to 'pull' them back down again. At least the sun was shining. The first picture shows 12 which is preserved at the station along with 17 and 24, as they are across a running line they are not readily accessible.

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James also photographed 22 at Jiji (Chichi) east of Ershui.

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Rob Dickinson

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