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Alishan Forest Railway expected to fully reopen in December

Alishan Forest Railway expected to fully reopen in December

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) The Alishan Forest Railway is scheduled to fully reopen Dec. 25 following completion of repair work on the section between Alishan and Fenchihu stations that was badly damaged by Typhoon Morakot in 2009, the United Daily News reported Thursday. The whole rail line underwent its first test run Sept. 15, the paper said. It was the first time since Typhoon Morakot that a train had entered Alishan station, it added. Because trains have not run between Alishan and Fenchihu for six years since the typhoon, drivers need to receive strict training and be given some time to familiarize themselves with the route, the paper cited Chang Chin-sung (???), chief of the Alishan Forest Railway Office, as saying. The Chiayi Forest District Office and the Alishan Forest Railway Office will jointly hold safety inspections and testing in late October, after which a seven-day stress test will be conducted, according to the paper. The 71.4-km Alishan Forest Railway, which began service Dec. 25, 1912, was constructed initially to transport timber from the mountains but was later used for recreational purposes, carrying passengers to the popular Alishan scenic area. The scenic area is one of the top three "must sees" for tourists from China, whose numbers are growing fast, making them one of the major sources of Taiwan's tourists. (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-26 21:33 GMT+08:00