The Alishan Forest Railway in southern Taiwan will again suspend service on its main line, on Friday and Saturday to repair damaged tracks, after the line was reopened Thursday following two days of closure due to Typhoon Megi.
The operator of the forest railway said Thursday that several sections of the rail between Chiayi and Fenqihu stations had been damaged by rockfalls.
The task of clearing the tracks of rocks is slow and difficult, therefore, the main line cannot remain in service during the repair work, the operator said.
However, all three branch lines of the alpine railway, through Zhushan, Chaoping and Shenmu stations, will remain open, the railway administration said.
Passengers holding unused tickets for the forest railway during the period of suspension will be eligible to refunds up to one year after the scheduled date of travel, the railway administration said.
The 71.4-km Alishan Forest Railway, which has been in operation since 1912, was constructed initially to transport timber from the mountains, but is now used for recreational purposes, carrying passengers to the popular Alishan scenic area.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel