From Focus Taiwan: Train festival opens in Nantou
Nantou, July 15 (CNA) A vintage
train model, dubbed "the king of steam locomotives," pulled into Jiji
Station on the railway branch line Sunday to kick off the Nantou County
Train Festival, which features both antique trains and popular cartoon
To mark the official opening of the festival, Nantou
County Magistrate Lee Chao-ching departed from Zhuoshui Station on the
DT668, a steam-powered train, and arrived in Jiji Station to hundreds of
awaiting railway fans.
The DT668, manufactured in 1941, was
retired in March 1984 and reactivated in November last year on the
Neiwan Branch Line in Hsinchu to promote railway tourism.
20-meter train had the largest tonnage and cylinder tractive power of
any Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train during the era it was in
use, the festival's organizers said.
The DT668 and CK124,
another steam locomotive that has been featured at the festival in
previous years, will rotate in taking tourists for rides on the Jiji
Line until the festival closes on Aug. 12.
The festival also
showcases characters from famous cartoon series, such as Thomas and
Friends, Pingu, Bob the Builder, Sesame Street, Deko Boko Friends and
Three exhibition areas have been set up by
organizers. One of them, at Zhuoshui Station, is dedicated to Thomas the
Tank Engine, the festival's "spokesman." The second, found at Jiji
Station, is dedicated to the other cartoon characters.
is a 10-meter-long mobile exhibition hall -- built from a container
truck -- that will display models of Jiji Line stations and attractions
at different venues around the festival.
In addition to the
festival, the county government has created a tourism promotion event
giving visitors the chance to harvest pineapples in Mingjian Township.
It has also introduced package tours that will take visitors to
different townships in the county.