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Preserved Steam (and more) in Taiwan 2015
Part 6 - Miscellaneous Sugar Rolling Stock

This is the sixth 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 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


At all the mills we visited, apart from the locomotives and carriages for the tourist trains, much stock has been left almost untouched since the mills closed, although some items have been painted and I suppose are technically preserved.

In their heyday the mills provided passenger trains which served the local areas and ran to the nearest TRA station in some cases. These were both locomotive hauled and diesel railcars, the first picture shows abandoned coaches, the next two railcars.

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In most cases, the former stations have been kept and are used for the tourist trains which are not things of beauty...

Wushulin

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Sinying

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Xihu

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Suantou

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In addition, there are many small track cars

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Cane seems to have been collected both whole (loaded transversely) and pre-chopped.

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Covered vans came in all shapes and sizes, their main use will have been semi-refined sugar, in bags in the first three, maybe the fourth unbagged. The final vehicle may have been a guards van or for small numbers of workers.

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Molasses tankers little and large

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A miscellaneous collection, the last behicle seems to have been used for burning (or spraying) weeds on the track 

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At Sinying, small trains of wagons have been assembled 

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Rob Dickinson

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