Fan-Shaped Train Garage
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Lonely Planet review
A pilgrim's site for train buffs and photographers, the Changhua fan-shaped train garage is the last of its kind in Taiwan. How do we describe this odd bit of engineering? Well, in essence, a single line of track connects with a short section of rotatable track from which 12 radial tracks branch out. A train engine rides up onto the short track, rotates in the direction of its garage, and then proceeds into this garage for maintenance and repairs. The 12-garage depo in Changhua is shaped like a fan and so hence the name; and hence the attraction to aficionados.
The garage accommodates the oldest steamed train engine in Taiwan (CK101, built in 1907) and several others of lesser vintage but still great lustrous mechanical beauty. Visitors need to show ID to enter the garage area, but you are allowed to walk right up to the engines and across the radial tracks.