A railway museum remodeled out of the disused Kaohsiung Port Station said yesterday it will celebrate the retirement of date stampers that have been in use since the Japanese colonial period and give away memorial train tickets on the eve of the country’s centennial.
The century-old stampers will stop being used from next year, the 100th year of the Republic of China, because the machines were only designed to mark -double-digit years on cardboard-style train tickets, according to the Takao Railway Museum.
The museum will extend its opening hours to 9pm on New Year’s Eve and invite railway fans to get the historic 99.12.31 stamp on specially designed train tickets to mark the event.
The cardboard tickets, reading “From Kaohsiung Station to Huwei Station,” according to the museum, have an interesting connotation.
“Huwei (虎尾) in Chinese means ‘tiger’s tail,’” an official from the museum said. “As we are at the end of the Year of Tiger according to the Chinese calendar, we hope the tickets will send a joyful message that Kaohsiung is approaching the end of the Year of Tiger.”
Kaohsiung Port Station operated from 1908 to 2008. It was originally named Old Takao Station under Japanese rule.