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Keelung's Badouzi train station re-opens to public

2016/12/28 21:30:10

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) Famed for its rocky coastline and beautiful mountain ranges, Badouzi Station of the Shen'ao Line of Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) on the border of New Taipei and Keelung resumed services on Wednesday after a 27-year hiatus.

In an inauguration ceremony attended by Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌), Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應), Ruifang District Warden Chen Chi-cheng (陳奇正), and National Museum of Marine Science and Technology Director Wu Chun-jen (吳俊仁), the first train from Ruifang Station arrived at Badouzi at 10:25 a.m.

"Badouzi Station will be hugely beneficial to the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology as well as surrounding landmarks," Lin said.

The Shen'ao Line was initially used to transport coal, but later began to also carry passengers. It stopped carrying passengers in 1989, but resumed passenger services in January 2014, mainly to transport people to the marine museum. However, due to the loud idling noise of the train, it quickly drew complaints from the surrounding residents.

"The train had to make an alternative stop, which was the old Badouzi Station, located near the museum, Ruifang Station Master Chen Yi-chung (陳義忠) said, adding that it was actually the beauty of Badouzi that spurred the idea for a renovation.

Work to renovate the station began in July this year and was completed in November. To celebrate Wednesday's re-opening, 1,000 commemorative ticket sets were sold at Ruifang Station that morning, the TRA said.

(By Wang Chao-yu and Ko Lin)
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