Railway park in Miaoli set to open next year: TRA

11/20/2022 06:18 PM
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Photo courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration
Photo courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration

Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) A railway park in central Taiwan's Miaoli County will formally open in 2023 and feature a museum, a display of locomotives and railway-related items, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said Sunday.

Before the main attractions of the 19,140 square-meter park are completed, work on an exhibition room and leisure area consisting of restaurants and souvenir shops will be finished by the end of this year, according to the TRA.

Work on the other areas of the NT$1 billion (US$31.2 million) park, located next to the Miaoli railway station, will be finished in 2023 and include art installations, a museum, and a display of more than 10 diesel and electric locomotives, the TRA said.

The TRA said it hoped that the park can one day be as popular as the Railway Museum in Japan's Saitama Prefecture and spark interest in Taiwan's railway history and local tourism.

The park will be located in part on the current site of the Miaoli Railway Museum, but the TRA is not sure if the diesel and steam locomotives currently displayed there will also appear in the new park or whether other trains will be brought in.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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