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Visitors celebrate as Jhushan line on Alishan reopens

FULL STEAM AHEAD:One of the three popular branch lines, which have been closed since a fatal crash earlier this year, has resumed service

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Jhushan branch line of the Alishan Forest Railway in Chiayi County, which had been closed following a accident in April this year, reopened to visitors yesterday.

The Jhushan line, which is perfect for watching the sunrise and operates only in the early morning, attracted nearly 400 visitors on the first day of its reopening.

Visitors said they were very happy to have the chance to experience the scenic ride on the alpine train and were especially excited when the sun started to rise at 6:22am, quickly aiming their cameras to capture the memorable moment.

A Hong Kong tourist, identified only by his surname, Tang, said he felt very fortunate to be able to ride the Jhushan line on his first visit to Alishan.

The Forestry Bureau’s Chiayi Forest District Office said three five-carriage trains per day run on the Jhushan line.

Each train has a capacity of 450 passengers.

Visitors can purchase tickets on the day of travel or a day earlier between 2pm and 5pm at Alishan Station, according to the office.

All three branch lines of the Alishan Forest Railway were suspended for safety inspections after a train on the Shenmu line derailed on April 27, killing five Chinese tourists and injuring more than 100 other passengers.

The Shenmu line and the Shuishan line are expected to resume services by the end of this year.

The railway’s main line, which connects Chiayi and Alishan, has been closed for repairs since 2009 following Typhoon Marakot.

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