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Old train draws crowds on 125th anniversary of Taiwan railway

2012/06/09 21:39:51

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) A historic steam locomotive was put back into service on Saturday in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, offering free rides tohundreds of railway fans as part of the celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of Taiwan's railway operations.

The LDK59, which was built in 1930 and retired in 1982, made six 20-minute runs during the day, free of cost to passengers.

The train ran at full capacity, carrying 176 passengers at a time, as part of the Taiwan Railways Administration's 125th anniversary celebrations, said Wu Chin-tien, Hualien Station chief.

A railway fan surnamed Hsu said he definitely would not have missed such an opportunity because the train played an important role in the development of the eastern railway line.

The narrow-gauge railway locomotive, which has been on display at Hualien Station since its restoration in 2003, has been put into service occasionally since last year to promote railway culture inTaiwan, Wu said.

(By Andrew Liu and Hanna Liu)