Old Train sights in Taiwan
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Running on narrow-gauge track (762mm) and ascending to 2216m from a starting altitude of 30m in just 3½ hours, the forest train offers a ride that can be found today in only two other locations: the Chilean Andes and the Indian Himalayas. It's rightly seen by Taiwanese as a national treasure and a potential candidate for Unesco Heritage status.
The total length of track is 86km and, remarkably, within this short distance three climatic zones are traversed. From a usual muggy start at Chiayi train station (30m above sea level), the train rolls slowly though a tropical zone comprised of banana and longan plantations and then forests of figs, longans, acacia and bamboo. From…