The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) yesterday introduced a new mealbox cart designed to look like an EMU700-model commuter train locomotive, known among railway enthusiasts as the “A Fu Express” (阿福號).
The special four-wheeled contraption was produced by TRA employee Wang Shi-rong (王仕榮), who spent 40 days constructing the colorful device, with the entire production costing about NT$10,000.
Wang also built the mealbox cart that was modeled after TRA’s Taroko Express tilting train (太魯閣號). The cart was a huge hit when it had its public premier at Keelung Railway Station two years ago.
The Taroko Express mealbox cart is scheduled to go on display at TRA’s Sijhih Station (汐止) later on this month.
According to the TRA, the “A Fu Express” mealbox cart is 97cm long, 57cm wide and 87cm in height.
The exterior of the cart is decorated in the same livery as the real commuter train, including the locomotive’s silver, blue and yellow-colored patterns. It is equipped with brakes and can accommodate a total of 50 porkchop bento boxes, the best-selling of the TRA’s ready-to-eat meals.
The TRA said that the “A Fu Express” mealbox cart, which was unveiled for the first time in Shulin Railway Station yesterday, is a one-of-kind and remains the only one it currently has in service. It will be used to provide lunches to TRA passengers while they wait for trains at the busy station.