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Old July 19th, 2015, 10:56 AM   #121
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What is the latest construction update on the Taichung Railway elevation and Kaohsiung railway underground project?
Here it is, taken from Taiwan subforum:

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not sure if you read chinese. if you do, the official RRB website updates quite frequently

http://www.rrb.gov.tw/

Taichung:
























Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung station is still at the planning stage







Other KH stations under construction now:










stations on the east side of taiwan seem to have quicker progress:

http://www.rrb.gov.tw/05710.aspx?id=45




one station i quite like is the Xiangshan station in Hsinchu. They restored the japanese style and with a better looking station sign. nice to see them finally making an effort











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Old July 25th, 2015, 11:02 PM   #122
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Old July 27th, 2015, 09:59 AM   #123
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On second look, I find it interesting that TRA is pulling out all the stops and going full out with ballastless slab track. The agency must feel hard pressed to stay competitve (against THSR), as these new railway viaducts bear more resemblance to a mini-HSR than to what is considered "ordinary" heavy rail.
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Old July 27th, 2015, 11:07 PM   #124
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On second look, I find it interesting that TRA is pulling out all the stops and going full out with ballastless slab track. The agency must feel hard pressed to stay competitve (against THSR), as these new railway viaducts bear more resemblance to a mini-HSR than to what is considered "ordinary" heavy rail.
It IS impressive, but some of the private railways around Tokyo are doing similar things.

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I would like to know if the Alishan Forest Railway is looking to re-open. I also have seen pictures of another Forest Railway in the Northeast of Taiwan in what is now a park. Might that see some tourist runs someday?
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Old October 30th, 2015, 05:11 AM   #125
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 05:35 PM   #126
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It IS impressive, but some of the private railways around Tokyo are doing similar things.

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I would like to know if the Alishan Forest Railway is looking to re-open. I also have seen pictures of another Forest Railway in the Northeast of Taiwan in what is now a park. Might that see some tourist runs someday?
I think the northeast line is the Pingxi Line. Unfortunately, the full trip between Chiayi and Alishan is probably going to remain unavailable for awhile, as the recent typhoon caused another series of washouts and landslides. Some of the landslides were serious enough that they actually took out tunneled sections of the track as well.
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Old November 13th, 2015, 12:08 PM   #127
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Old March 12th, 2016, 05:49 PM   #128
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The old Taipei railway workshop has long since been closed and replaced, but there's a lot of talk going on about what to do with it. Many conservationists want it turned into a railway museum. It also has some kind of special thermal baths inside it (If I read the Chinese correctly). On the other hand, due to it's location in the Xinyi district (same as Taipei 101) and consequent high land value, the TRA wants to sell the land for development.

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Here is the recently finished new Songshan station in Taipei city:

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Old March 16th, 2016, 05:46 AM   #129
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Many conservationists want it turned into a railway museum. It also has some kind of special thermal baths inside it (If I read the Chinese correctly). On the other hand, due to it's location in the Xinyi district (same as Taipei 101) and consequent high land value, the TRA wants to sell the land for development.
Looking at the aerial view of the site, it is quite large- perhaps they can save about a third of the site for a museum, including the most historic/significant buildings, and redevelop the remainder for high density office/retail/high rise residential. Some of the workshop buildings could be configured into a quite nice retail space, much like the Chelsea Market in NYC, which uses the old Nabisco factory building. They could name the development "Railway Heights" or the like.

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Yes, it does. Google street view has some shots of the inside of the property:
https://www.google.com/maps/@25.0473...!7i8704!8i4352
This, renovated, could also become a destination, with a retro feel.

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I think a compromise along those lines would be best. Saving some of the site and turning it into a museum would be great but not developing any of it would be a waste of central land. When the Taipei dome project eventually finishes it will only serve top raise the land value even further, so I suspect that some development will occur on site. It would be a shame to lose the baths, so hopefully they preserve them and perhaps a couple of warehouses.
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May 24, 2016
TRA to start trial run of ‘real-name’ ticket system
HOME FOR HOLIDAYS : The name-checking system is aimed at helping Hualien and Taitung residents who have difficulty booking tickets during peak seasons
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The Taiwan Railways Administration yesterday said it would start trial runs next week of a “real-name” ticketing system for residents of Hualien and Taitung counties purchasing round-trip tickets to the east coast during the Dragon Boat Festival.

The system, which is to begin its trial run on Wednesday next week, has been proposed as a way to ensure that those born in Hualien and Taitung counties can purchase tickets to go home during the big three national holidays — the Lunar New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival — when tickets are in high demand.

The real-name system is to apply to passengers on the eastbound Puyuma Express to Taitung, departing Shulin Station at 7:43am on June 9, and to passengers on the westbound Puyuma Express train to Shulin, departing Taitung at 2:45pm on June 12.

Those who want to purchase tickets for those two trains can start booking tickets at 6am on Wednesday next week, the TRA said.

Only passengers whose personal identification card numbers begin with the letters U or V — which are assigned to people born in Hualien and Taitung — will be able to buy tickets under the real-name system.

Each person can purchase no more than three roundtrip tickets using three qualified ID cards, it said.
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Old May 26th, 2016, 03:18 AM   #132
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TRA EMU700 in Keikyu colors

TRA has a sister railway relationship with Tokyo area railway Keikyu. Recently an EMU700 was transformed using Keikyu colors, based on the Keikyu 800 series emu. This trainset will run in these colors until October 12, primarily on local services between Yilan-Taipei-Changhua.
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Kaohsiung station plan approved

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Design plans for a remodeling of the historic Kaohsiung Railway Station submitted by the Dutch design studio Mecanoo have been approved by the Kaohsiung Urban Development Bureau, the bureau announced on Thursday.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ plans for renovating Kaohsiung Railway Station began in 2000, but locals criticized initial plans, saying they lacked functionality, both from business and transportation points of view, and did not fit into the surroundings.

In response, the city held a series of meetings on the issues and established a communication platform to exchange ideas. The ministry then entrusted the station’s design to Mecanoo, which created a “stunning” design that both the local and central governments were pleased with, city officials said.

“The station design provides a large outdoor activity area for local residents and, taking into account the stifling heat of the south, provides lots of greenery for shade, emulating the experience of being in a traditional Taiwanese temple courtyard. The unconventional oval-shaped lights in the canopy’s ceiling create impressions of a temple lantern festival,” Kaohsiung Urban Development Bureau Director-General Lee Yi-de (李怡德) said.

Parallel walking trails and cycling paths stretch for 15km through the top of the canopy connecting the eastern and western peripheries. Climbing the station’s canopies, visitors can take in the beauty of the Shoushan (壽山) and Beidawu (北大武山) mountains in the distance.

“To create a sense of melding the old and the new, the old colonial-era Japanese station is to be moved to a spot along the central axis of the new station. The encircling of the old station by the new one will lend itself to an atmosphere of continued traditions,” Lee said.
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Will there be any reserve for perspective HSR platforms there?
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Will there be any reserve for perspective HSR platforms there?
No plans to move the HSR further down from Zuoying.
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TRA hoping to resolve strike threat
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The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday said that it is reviewing the work schedule of station employees and will communicate with its workers’ union after conductors and station staff threatened to go on strike during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday next month.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday published a work schedule provided by a TRA station employee who wanted to remain anonymous, showing that some station employees were assigned to work from 8pm to 8am, followed by 24 hours of rest and then an eight-hour shift that starts at 8am.

Although the schedule gives the employees a 24-hour break between the two work days, they said they are essentially inside a railway station for three straight days and do not receive additional pay for working the night shift.

The Apple Daily said that 400 conductors and station employees have united in their demand for better schedules.

Conductors asked for at least eight hours of rest when they need to spend the night outside their home cities.

Station employees said the agency needs to change the way the schedule is arranged so that they can get a full day off, adding that those working the night shift should get additional pay.

Should the agency fail to meet their demands, the employees said they will mobilize 4,000 TRA cabin crew to take the long Mid-Autumn Festival weekend off.

The holiday runs from Sept. 15 to Sept. 18.
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Train drivers say might go ahead with strike
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Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train drivers yesterday said that they could stick with their plan to go on strike during the long Mid-Autumn Festival holiday weekend if their demand to reduce the train service is not accepted by the railway.

The TRA was supposed to announce the measures that it would use to transport homebound passengers during the festival holiday at noon yesterday after a trilateral negotiation between TRA Director-General Chou Yung-hui (周永暉), the Railway Workers Union and the Train Drivers Union.

Representatives of the drivers union were reported to have left before the meeting ended, as they were upset that the TRA has yet to discuss adjusting the work schedule for drivers and was in hurry to tell train passengers how they could book their tickets, which went on sale at noon yesterday.

The drivers union said that it agreed to the negotiate in the first place because the TRA promised to spend the next three days talking about what it could do to avoid overworking the drivers.

Union members said they now felt pressured to accept the terms set by the TRA management when the latter made the announcement before any agreement was reached.

As the union has secured the signatures of almost 95 percent of the drivers for its petition, the union said that it would take the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday off if the railway does not resolve the issue.

The TRA said that it is planning to enforce its plan to transport passengers from Sept. 14 and Sept. 19, adding 203 additional trains on the schedule. They include 163 train services to the east coast and 40 along the west coast.

Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18, the TRA has planned to have 18 commuter trains with reserved seats traveling between Shulin to Luodong. Travelers boarding any one of the 18 trains would need to pay only NT$100 if they travel from Shulin and Luodong, the TRA said.

Meanwhile, the TRA said that it would dispatch 14 additional Tzuchiang-class express trains on Sept. 14, Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 to transport passengers to the east coast.
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