The long-closed Shenao Branch Line (深澳支線) in Keelung City is scheduled to resume operations today, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said yesterday.
The TRA said that the 4.2km branch line would run from Ruifang (瑞芳) Station to the station at the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology.
It said that it took about eight minutes to travel between the two stations. Trains on the branch line will be operating at 40kph, which will allow passengers to enjoy the scenery on both sides of the railway tracks, it added.
Based on the agency’s plan, a total of 20 train services will be provided daily, carrying about 8,500 passengers. The first train every day is scheduled to leave Ruifang at 8:35am, with round-trip tickets costing NT$28.
Meanwhile, the agency is to provide 3,000 souvenir kits, containing round-trip tickets for the branch line, as well as two platform tickets.
It hosted a trial operation of the line yesterday, drawing dozens of railway fans who waited at the side of tunnels or at railway crossings to capture the historical moment.
Hong Zhi-wen (洪致文), an associate professor at National Taiwan Normal University, said that the TRA should extend the branch line to Shenao Station so passengers can view the beautiful coastline.
Construction of the Shenao Line was completed in 1967. The original route started from Rueifang and made stops at Badouzih (八斗子), Shenao, Rueibin (瑞濱), Haibin (海濱) and Liandong (濂洞).