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I read somewhere recently that the Alishan mountain railway is back in operation recently. Can you tell me more about it. Like up to which point the railway will be running.
I am planning to visit Taiwan next Nov and i am gathering information so that I will have an easy trip. I am 60+ yrs and would like to have a good trip.
Update May 7th, 2011
A fatal accident occurred in April when a falling tree hit the Alishan train and killed 5 persons. At the moment all the trains are not operational. All the line is being inspected for potential hazards.
Just two short branches of the Alishan Railway have been reopened in June 2010.
They are both in the Alishan Scenic area, that still have to be reached by road.
The reopened lines are the Zhushan branch, that is about 6 km long, and brings from Alishan Main Station to the Sunrise Observation Platform, and the even shorter Shenmu line that goes a little bit downhill from Alishan Main station.
A relatively small section of the line is open from Chiayi too.
This is the section between Chiayi and Jhuci station, that is located at the foothills. The section is about 14 km long. There are two tourist trains per day, at 9.00 AM and 2.00 PM (return 10.30 AM and 3.30 PM).
Anyway the Forestry Bureau is now in charge of the entire railway and they are working hard to reopen the whole line for the end of 2011 - if you are lucky it will be fully reopened for your travel.
The task is daunting - the line has been severely damaged by typhoon Morakot. Rumors say that at least the section between Chiayi and Fenqihu (1400 m of altitude) will be reopened for next March. That is a little bit more than half of the line.
I hope you can enjoy the full travel on the Alishan railway. The railway between Chiayi and Alishan has been one of my best experience in Taiwan so far.
Have a good trip!