The Alishan Forest Railway in southern Taiwan will resume service Sunday as debris blocking the tracks resulting from Typhoon Malakas is cleared, the railway administration said Saturday.
Track repair work on the main line between Chiayi Station and Fenqihu Station on Alishan, which was closed Saturday morning due to mudslides triggered by the storm, was completed around noon, it said.
The branch line running through Chaoping and Shenmu stations -- which was closed Saturday afternoon as a precaution after the area had accumulated over 200 mm of rainfall at the time -- will also reopen Sunday, according to the administration.
The Alishan railway had just been forced to close on Sept. 14 and 15 due to damage inflicted by Typhoon Meranti and reopened on Sept. 16.
The 71.4-km Alishan Forest Railway, which has been in operation since 1912, was constructed initially to transport timber from the mountains but was later used for recreational purposes, carrying passengers to the popular Alishan scenic area.
The scenic area, one of the top attractions for international tourists, boasts magnificent views of ancient Formosan red cypress and misty forests, which can be seen from the windows of the Alishan trains.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel