Alishan Forest Railway to resume full service Wednesday

Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Alishan Forest Railway in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, will resume normal operations on Wednesday, more than three months after part of the line was closed due to a series of derailment accidents, the operator said Tuesday.

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said maintenance, safety inspections, and improvement work were completed Monday on the section of rail between Chiayi and Shizilu stations.

The section, which was closed on March 12 in the wake of four derailment accidents between Jan. 18 and Feb. 25, will resume full service on Wednesday, TRA said.

Meanwhile, the management of the alpine railway will be moved to the Forestry Bureau under the Council of Agriculture, with effect from July 1, to better integrate the relevant resources and run a more environmentally friendly operation, the bureau said.

The railway, which runs through a scenic area to an elevation of 2,216 meters on Alishan, is popular among domestic and foreign travelers.

It was built during the period of Japanese colonization and was put into operation in 1912 for the purpose of transporting timber.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel