Places to watch trains traveling through beautiful scenery along Taiwan’s eastern railway line

Trains on Taiwan’s eastern railway line pass through beautiful mountains, valleys, fields and coasts. But where can people go to watch these scenes?

Trains on Taiwan’s eastern railway line pass through beautiful mountains, valleys, fields and coasts. But where can people go to watch these scenes?   (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Trains on Taiwan’s eastern railway line pass through beautiful mountains, valleys, fields and coasts. But where can people go to watch these scenes?   

Trains traveling through picturesque landscapes are scenes railway fans and travelers like to capture with their cameras. Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said that according to its statistics, there are 68 such photography hot spots around Taiwan, and the agency will announce these popular places online within one month. According to the TRA, most of the 68 hot spots are located along its Eastern Line.     

(photo source: CNA)

(photo source: CNA)

The following are a few places expected to make the TRA list. 

Duoliang Station will be surely on the list and top all the other spots if there is a ranking. Ironically, no trains stop at the South Link Line's  Duoliang, dubbed "the most beautiful train station in Taiwan.” The station, which has pleasant ocean and mountain views, inspires tranquility.     

(Duoliang Station, photo from Flickr)

Located between Jinlun Station and Lunghsi Station in Taimali Township, Taitung County and tucked between two tunnels, Duoliang Station has red railings along its platforms, and below the station is Highway No. 9 (the South-Link Highway), which runs along the Pacific Ocean. In the past, people liked to stand on the platform and take pictures of trains running alongside the highway and the ocean, but now entry to the platform is banned for safety reasons.    

Even though packed with tourists every day, the station has remained defunct since 2006.

Not far from Duoliang Station is a railroad crossing that resembles a famous scene in the popular Japanese anime, Slam Dunk, in which the female character waves good bye to the male lead character across from a railroad crossing.  The railroad crossing in Taitung has also become a popular location for photo shoots due to this Japanese anime scene. 

(photo source: CNA)

However, the country road, which intersects the railroad, is only three meters wide, and many local farmers pass through the crossing in the morning and evening every day. The frequent appearance of tourists taking pictures in the middle of the road has reportedly caused inconvenience to the local residents.    

The northern side of the Shanli tunnel is another spot where rail fans like to hunker down to take photos of north bound trains coming out of the tunnel after leaving Taitung Station. The Shouchen Bridge to the south of Xincheng (Taroko) Station in Hualien County is another hot sport for railroad photography.   

(photo source: CNA)

For popular places along the Eastern Line and the other railway lines around Taiwan where people like to "chase trains," please keep tabs on the TRA announcement.

(photo source: CNA)

(photo source: CNA)