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Even in Australia, Asian Rail Tours are proving popular!

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Took a walk down Wentworth Street today in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath to photograph the annual throng of visitors who come every year for our Stre...et's unofficial 'Maple Festival'. The well dressed visitors who are mostly of Asian descent, some wearing traditional dress, all share a special love of Cheery Blossom and Japanese Maple. Many visitors have travelled from Sydney or further afield to photograph and be photographed among this Autumn's dazzling display.

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fun臺鐵 added 4 new photos.

🎉🎉🎉美國知名Trains雜誌本期以專題報導方式介紹台灣環島鐵道,採「台灣是鐵路環島天堂」 (Railway Island Paradise)為主題,來到台灣可一次體驗豐富鐵道之旅,包括搭乘台鐵傾斜式列車、蒸汽火車、森林鐵路、支線列車及高鐵。

讓世界看見台灣鐵道之美,熱愛鐵道朋友一定不能錯過台灣!😘😘😘

A rare sight in Taiwan today

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王嘉政 to 台鐵家族

女王回送試車日,集結各路英雄好漢!
此為疊圖,當日這些車種都有跑此地!

When the Japanese come to Sydney for their Second Visit...

Here's a link to the Japanese made "Second Visit" video that I worked on over summer. Our Blackheath segment starts at around 15 minutes in... "I think I'm turning Japanese. I really think so..."

and another classic scene...

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王逸民 to 台鐵家族

經過大半年的檢修
女王終於回娘家了
107/04/27之8800次

more Asian live steam from Taiwan!

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陳孟浤 to 台鐵家族

最感動的是
不管男女老少
大家都在追著共同喜愛的事物

Great Asian steam from Taiwan!

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曾永泰 to 台鐵家族

各位旅客您好 第二月台即將通過的是
8800次 開往花蓮的仲夏寶島特急列車
請各位拍攝者趕緊上車 本列車憑當日八堵發售車票即可上車
本列車下一停靠站:猴硐
敬祝您旅途愉快

Interesting!

In the 1970s, both Kyoto and Melbourne made fateful decisions about their transport networks. Melbourne today enjoys the benefits of trams, while Kyoto lives with the consequences of losing them.
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Taiwanese group visit to the Katoomba Coal mine at the base of the Scenic Railway.

Wonderful pictures of Ryo's miniature Japanese narrow gauge diorama

Abandoned Incline near Taiwan's Shifen Village at the New Pingxi Coal mine, now becoming a mine museum.

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許乃懿

在荒山中發現令人驚艷的東西!(大誤!)其實是新平溪煤礦的捨石山索道纜車,後面的機房是備用的捲揚機房,真正在運作的是在我攝影點左後方。

Taiwan has re-opened a short section of the original NG rail line using a facsimile up of the original passenger train. The logging line originally ran from the bottom of the Taipingshan Ropeway at Ren-Tze to follow the river down to Yilan. This tourist attraction in the vicinity of Sanxing Township and it is hoped the line can soon be extended to include Tunnel #1

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2018.4.2 天送埤車站 小火車 試營運
三星鄉公所 新聞稿
將近百年前,日本政府為開採太平山林木而興建太平山森鐵,1924年通車行駛55年,於1979年停駛拆除軌道,太平山五分小火車在大家的記憶中漸漸消逝。5年前三星鄉公所為發展觀光,開始規劃太平山懷舊鐵道重建計畫,並重新打造復刻版森鐵小火車,在暌違近40年後,...於 2018年復駛,寫下歷史新頁。今(2)日森鐵小火車在天送埤火車站,以穿越時光隧道方式隆重登場,並展開為期一個月的試乘活動,吸引大批鐵道迷慕名前來,共同迎接五分小火車回來。
三星鄉是蘭陽平原最靠近山區的平原,也宜蘭最晚開發的地方,成為多元族群的交會地帶,也是日治時期林業開採與糖業原料生產重地,鋪設鐵路後,外來移居工作人口增加,戲院、酒家、旅店生意興隆,小山城曾經繁榮一時,林鐵停駛後而逐漸沒落。
三星鄉公所表示,三星鄉資源欠缺,重建森鐵小火車,目的在帶動地方觀光發展,提升當地經濟產值,以有限的資源創造最大的效益,並讓三星成為傳承太平山林鐵故事的小城。目前先以天送埤車站為森鐵示範點,重新打造355米懷舊鐵道及復刻版森林小火車,盼日後延伸至古一號隧道,施設全長3公里的鐵道地景。
三星鄉長黃錫墉說,蒸氣鳴笛聲勾起老一輩鄉民的甜蜜回憶,太平山森鐵是許多人當時約會、通勤,往返太平山林場及羅東的主要交通工具,年輕一輩的人只在相片中想像風貌,如今親眼見識新奇、童趣,充滿歷史氛圍的復刻版小火車,讓人不禁緬懷昔日太平山森鐵與三星鄉繁盛的風華年代。
他說,太平山懷鐵重建計畫,可惜宜蘭縣政府未予主導,否則今年應可通達清水地熱,因公所受限法令,籌建過程備極艱辛。另外,森鐵火車頭彌足珍貴,鄉公所曾向林務局要求借展,但未獲首肯,雖鄉公所投入180萬元重製,打造原型三分之一的小火車,但代表森鐵精神的老火車頭未再回到天送埤車站仍有遺撼。未來,太平山懷鐵仍需要上級政府協助,再能完美再現風華。
天送埤車站昔日是土場至竹林的中途站,也是火車從平原連接山地的轉運站,現在化身歷史觀光起點。天送埤的黃金歲月即將重現,要讓懷舊的鐵道文化成為三星鄉獨有的觀光魅力。
小火車試乘活動辦法:
http://www.sanshing.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx…

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Ruined Model Railroad!

OzSteam added 13 new photos.

Seems Taiwan does not have a monopoly on rotten wooden forest railways, trestles and rope-ways! Here's some shots from a former On30 scale double inclined motor...ised mine skip rope-way I built some time ago. It has been sitting in the back yard under a tree for several years now, gradually succumbing to the forces of nature, just like the real thing...

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More remarkable footage from Taipingshan, one of Taiwan's four abandoned East Coast Cypress railways

Craig Marshall shared 黃聰霖's post to the group: Taiwan's Abandoned 2'6" East Coast Cypress Railways.

Thanks to Group Member James Chuang for alerting us to more remarkable historic 1950s footage from Taiwan's East Coast timber railways.

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黃聰霖 to 花蓮縣體育會健行委員會

民國四十幾年,港星劉恩甲、林翠等到花蓮林田山拍片

A group of Taiwanese friends explore one of the three abandoned East Coast logging railways adjacent to Hualien (most likely WuLinShan - Halun No 3 ropeway top station) and discover another diminutive Kato 4.5 ton 2'6" gauge gasoline locomotive which was abandoned on a mountainside, some 2000m above the Coast.

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