The old Xinbeitou train station has been restored to its former glory and returned to its home town
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The old Xinbeitou train station (新北投車站) has finally been restored to its original glory and was officially opened to the public yesterday, close to
the spot in Taipei’s Beitou District it was first built a century ago.
A parade, four-day fair, three-day music festival, and other events are being held to celebrate the return of the station in its present location in Qixing Park, 50 meters from its original foundation, according to Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
The train station was built during the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) in 1916 as a terminal station on the rail line to Beitou’s hot springs. It was dismantled in 1988 to
clear the path for the Xinbeitou MRT station of the Tamsui Line, and in 1992 the old station was purchased and rebuilt as an exhibit at the Taiwan Folk Village in far away Changhua down in central Taiwan.
In 2007, the park went out of business, further galvanizing a lengthy campaign started by Beitou residents in 2004 to convince the defunct park’s owner to donate the station to the city government. [FULL STORY]