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TRA’s Taipei Railway Workshop declared historical site
台北機廠將列市定古蹟

Welders at work at the Taiwan Railway Administration’s Taipei Railway Workshop in Taipei on Monday.
台鐵台北機廠員工在廠內週一鍛冶。

Photo: Liu Jung, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者劉榮

The Taiwan Railway Administration’s (TRA) Taipei Railway Workshop, a maintenance depot situated along Civic Boulevard Sec. 5 close to Xinyi District near the Living Mall, will start the second phase of relocating after the Lunar New Year and is expected to be entirely evacuated by the end of the year. Comprised of 17 hectares, the Taipei City Government and TRA have already reached a preliminary consensus that part of the facilities will be designated as a city historical site, which in the future will be open to the public.

During a visit to the depot on Monday, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced that the depot’s assembly factory, metalworking factory and engine room would all be included as part of the historical site. The city government will be communicating with the TRA to work out the exact plans for the depot, but in the short term they will be organizing a “Railway Cultural Festival.”

With approximately 16.8 hectares, the Taipei Railway Workshop was always the TRA’s largest and most important maintenance depot. The depot’s architecture is quite diverse and is representative of the railway industry of the Japanese colonial era.

Used as a maintenance depot for trains, the Taipei Railway Workshop was originally built in 1933 during the Japanese colonial era, next to the city’s Northern Gate, but moved to its current location along Civic Boulevard in 1935 due to lack of space.

When the Taipei Government’s Cultural Heritage Evaluation Committee held a public hearing in August last year after plans to move the maintenance factory to Fugang in Taoyuan County were approved, a large group of railway aficionados voiced a desire to preserve the depot, but the TRA workers’ union said that with a budget deficit of NT$1.2 billion (US$41,436,466) it would significantly benefit the sustainable operation of the TRA if parts of the depot were used for urban renewal projects.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. maintenance n.

維修;保養 (wei2 xiu1; bao2 yang3)

例: The road is closed for maintenance, so you’ll have to find an alternate route.

(這條路在維修,所以你得改道。)

2. aficionado n.

狂;迷 (kuang2; mi2)

例: Being an opera aficionado, he usually goes to the opera at least twice a month.

(他是歌劇迷,通常每個月至少上歌劇院兩次。)

3. sustainable adj.

永續的;能維持的 (yong3 xu4 de5; neng2 wei2 chi2 de5)

例: The Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy was established in 2007.

(台灣永續能源研究基金會建立於二00七年。)


Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs says that apart from the assembly factory, engine room and metalworking factory, the depot also has an employee bathhouse, which was designated as a historical site in 2000. Hau says that since the four buildings have all been designated historical sites, future plans will treat them as cultural assets, and after the maintenance depot has been completely moved, a “Railway Cultural Festival” will be held as early as this summer, allowing the public to get to know this part of history.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

位在市民大道五段緊鄰信義計畫區及京華城的台鐵台北機廠,農曆年後進行第二階段遷廠,可望在年底前功成身退,用地近十七公頃的台北機廠,北市府與台鐵已達成初步共識,將部分設施指定為「市定古蹟」,園區未來也將活化,開放給一般民眾參觀。

台北市長郝龍斌週一參訪台北機廠後宣布,「台北機廠」內的「組立工場」、「鍛冶工場」及「原動室」等,將指定為市定古蹟,台北機廠未來如何規劃,會再與台鐵局溝通,短期也會規劃先舉辦「鐵道文化節」。

台北機廠過去一直都是台鐵局最大的維修廠,佔地約十六點八六公頃,為鐵路局重要的維修廠,廠內的建築樣式多樣,屬於日治時期鐵道產業代表。

台北機廠創建於日治時期一九三三年,為車輛維修及改裝工廠,前身是位於北門旁的清代機器局台北工廠,一九三五年因基地不敷使用,才遷移到市民大道現址。

遷廠到桃園富岡的計畫敲定後,北市文資委員會去年八月召開公聽會時,大批鐵道迷大聲疾呼保留該基地,但台鐵工會也曾主張,台鐵目前赤字高達一千兩百億元,有限度將台鐵機廠進行都更,將有助於台鐵永續經營。

台北市文化局表示,除了「組立工場」、「原動室」、「鍛冶工場」外,台北機廠內的大澡堂,早在二000年就已指定為市定古蹟,郝龍斌說,台北機廠四棟建築被指定為市定古蹟之後,未來會朝文化資產方向規劃,而機廠遷移之後,也會在短期之內,最快在暑假先舉辦「鐵道文化節」,讓大家知道過去的歷史。

(自由時報記者劉榮)

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