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Preserved Steam (and more) in Taiwan 2015
Part 3 - The Alishan Railway's Diesels

This is the third 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 4 - The Sugar Railways' Steam Locomotives

Part 5 - The Sugar Railways' Diesel Locomotives

Part 6 - Miscellaneous Sugar Rolling Stock


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.

The first diesels were Mitsubishi 0-6-0s. Orange 11403-1 (DL !, 810/953) is preserved at the Railway Park at Miaoli and black DL 2 (11403-2, 811/953) is preserved at the Railway Park at Beimen, Chiayi. 

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11403-5 Mitsubishi B-B (0-4-4-0 in steam terms) is preserved at the Railway Park at Miaoli  This was the predecessor of the eventual standard design for the railway. More Mitusbishi diesels followed in 1969 and 1972. DL-28 at Fenchihu comes from the first batch (DL-21 - 30) and DL-33 at Beimen from the second batch (DL-31 - 34)

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DL-35 - 37 were B-B diesel from OK. They were as unsuccessful as they were singularly unattractive and all have been withdrawn. The pictures show DL 36 and DL 37.

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DL-38 - 51 are all similar locomotives built between 1982 and 2007, initially by Nippon Sharyo and latterly by the Taiwan Rolling Stock Corporation. The first picture shows Nippon 39 propelling a shuttle train out of Alishan station. The second shows locally manufactured DL-47 and DL-49 at Fenchihu ready to return with trains for Chiayi.

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Finally a couple of oddballs. This tiny Kato Works, Tokyo diesel is quoted elsewhere on the web as being built in 1926. The railcar with its map is, I think, from Nippon Sharyo in 1962.

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Rob Dickinson

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