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【Alishan Forest Railway Cultural Journey 】A trip to visit the starting point of the Alishan Line

2021/03/03
“The two starting points of the Alishan Line, “Former Beimen Station” in the past and “Chiayi Station” in the present, jointly preserve the memories of the forestry industry development in Alishan.”

Built with the Taiwan red false cypress growing in Alishan, “Former Beimen Station” started complete operation in 1912; it was the starting point of the Alishan Steam Train over the past years (the second station of the Alishan Line currently). Besides, it acted as the hub of Alishan’s cargo collection and distribution and witnessed Chiayi’s prosperous era of log transport in the forestry industry. Presently, the quiet station becomes very busy after 8 o’clock every morning. The locomotive which runs on the forest railway will complete the routine operations, including grouping, maintenance, and shunting.
 
Built with the Taiwan red false cypress growing in Alishan, “Former Beimen Station” started complete operation in 1912

Compared to the modern train with semi-automatic train operation, the grouping at the Former Beimen Station relies on manpower to connect trains; the two shunters in a group at the site, wearing reflective vests, walk along the two sides of the train to perform a thorough examination and the final confirmation; they communicate with each other by wireless interphone (walkie-talkie) to ensure that all factors related to speed, distance, and multiple swift railway tracks are safe. The process is totally dependent on the techniques and experience of the shunters to successfully finish the motor grouping operation. Visitors joining the reserved guided tour can observe the process from a close distance on the platform and take pictures of the scenes when the train arrives at and departs from the platform.
 
the grouping at the Former Beimen Station relies on manpower to connect trains; the two shunters in a group at the site, wearing reflective vests, walk along the two sides of the train to perform a thorough examin   the grouping at the Former Beimen Station relies on manpower to connect trains; the two shunters in a group at the site, wearing reflective vests, walk along the two sides of the train to perform a thorough examinat

The train whistled when the cabins are connected, and the train will run toward Chiayi Station after grouping is finished and take the passengers to Alishan. Chiayi Station is Taiwan’s earliest three-rail union terminal, the three rails are the TRA Main Line, the Alishan Forest Railway, and the Taiwan Sugar Railway. Standing on Platform 1, people can see the different gauges: the 1067mm gauge for the TRA trains and the 762mm gauge for the Alishan Forest Railway trains. When both trains of the TRA and the forest railway approach the platform, the intersection of past and present provides evidence of the railway development in Taiwan.
 
the train will run toward Chiayi Station after grouping is finished and take the passengers to Alishan

【Former Beimen Station (Beimen Station)】
Former Beimen Station is now called Beimen Station, to distinguish from the new Beimen Station which was torn down in 2008. People can observe the appearance of the Japanese-style station built with the Taiwan red false cypress; to access the platform, purchase of the forest railway ticket is required for admission. 
  • Address: No. 428, Gonghe Rd., East Dist., Chiayi City
  • Station Service Hours: 8:00 – 16:00

【Former Beimen Station Shunting Operation 】
  • “Shunting Operation” hours are from 8:00 to 8:30 every morning. It’s not open to the public. Visitors who would like to see the operation can book the journeys offered on our official website; the reserved guided tour service is included in the tour package.

【Chiayi Station Platform 1】
Platform 1 mainly acts as the boarding place for the Alishan Line of the forest railways; it’s a shared platform for the TRA train. Whoever is buying tickets for either the forest railway or the TRA train can go to Platform 1 to see the gauge in varied sizes. Upon the time of train arrival, people have opportunities to see the trains built in different periods meeting at the site.
  • Address: No. 528, Zhongshan Rd., West Dist., Chiayi City
  • Station Service Hours: 8:00 – 16:00