Railway enthusiasts swarmed into the lobby of the Kaohsiung Train Station yesterday to take a ride on the Kuanghua Express (
The silver-white train departed from the Kaohsiung Station at 9:40am yesterday and headed toward Chaiyi. After arriving at the Chiayi Train Station, passengers boarded the Alishan train and left for Chuchi (竹崎) in Chiayi County. The entire trip wound up at 7:00pm.
To recreate the ambience of Taiwan's early train travel, organizers rented three old Kuanghua Express train cars from the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA).
They also tracked down two women who used to work in the service crew on the express train. Once again, in their old blue uniforms, they provided water and lunch boxes to the train passengers just as they did decades ago.
The train tour was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the express train and was hosted by the Taiwan Railway Club.
Tsai Bo-ming (
Tsai added that the diesel-powered train could travel up to 110kph.