Trolley line fell victim to 2015 Typhoon Soudelor
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Wulai Trolley (烏來Lokah台車) which ran near the scenic
indigenous village from as early as in 1928 during the Japanese colonial era until the devastation of Typhoon Soudelor in August 2015, came back to life Saturday in a cuter version for present-day tourists.
The train’s original incarnation served to move trees from the forest to the factory, with the opening of a road to Wulai in 1951 leading to the transportation of people for the first time.
The typhoon hit the popular weekend destination in New Taipei City hard, leading to a reconstruction effort which included a budget of NT$55 million (US$1.8 million) spent by the Forestry Bureau (林務局) at the Council of Agriculture on the revival of the trolley project. [FULL STORY]