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Couple hires vintage train as wedding limousine

Couple hires vintage train as wedding limousine

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) A local bridegroom wanted a memorable wedding, so he rented a vintage train to serve as a limousine to pick up his bride Saturday. Relatives and friends applauded when the 48-year-old train, festooned with red ribbons and with the Chinese character for happiness(?) placed on its nose, arrived at Junghua (??) station in Chutung Township, in front of the home of the bride. The bridegroom, Hsu Yang-hao (???), and his bride, Chiu Tze-yuan (???), boarded the train amid a send-off by well-wishers. The train arrived at Shulin station (??) station in New Taipei, picking up relatives and friends along the way for the wedding banquet. The family of the bridegroom is closely related to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA). Both his father and brother-in-law work for the TRA, and he himself has developed an interest in trains. While studying at the graduate school of National Chiao Tung University, he was the head of a student group studying railways. After graduating, he worked in the Hsinchu Science Park but gave up his job to pursue his interest by joining the TRA as a train driver in 2013. The TRA said the chartering of the train is based on its full capacity of 240 passengers and costs about NT$27,120 (US$882). The reappearance of the classic diesel Guanghua Express (???), which was retired last year, attracted the attention of the media as well as railway fans. One trainspotter surnamed Shan said he came early from Shanchong in New Taipei to witness and record the scene. However, the TRA said that it was actually the fourth time the train has been rented. (By Lu Kang-chun and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 12:30 GMT+08:00