By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Alishan Forest Railway announced that it has acquired 10 new locomotives this year,
reports said Sunday.
The new trains are equipped with updated bogies, a modular subassembly of wheels and axles that greatly helps to improve stability, comfort and safety.
The Alishan railway system is currently operated using diesel locomotives, where the majority of them are over three decades old, reports said. However, there are occasionally special public runs using old steam-powered Shay locomotives, which are hugely popular amongst tourists.
In addition to the 10 new locomotives, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) is also open tendering on August 11 for five additional trains, where it welcomes both local and foreign bidders to join in on the public procurement. [FULL STORY]