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Taiwan Sugar Railways

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– Constructed by Meiji Sugar Co., Ltd. during Japanese rule
– Operated into the 1990s under Taiwan Sugar Corporation
– Peak network of over 3000km, reduced to 240km by 2003
– Passenger service discontinued in 1982
– Remaining lines operated mainly during sugarcane harvest season

– Lines centered around sugar mills in southern and central Taiwan
– Radiated through sugarcane fields and small towns
– Linked with main railway stations for passenger transfers
– Trains ran at speeds of 10-30km/h
– Transitioned from steam to diesel locomotives by the late 1970s

See also:
– Rail transport in Taiwan
– Transportation in Taiwan

Taiwan Sugar Corporation source
– Liberty Times article

External links:
– Wikimedia Commons related to Sugar railways in Taiwan

The Taiwan Sugar Railways is a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) industrial railway operated by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation. The railway was primarily used in the production of sugar by transporting sugarcane to mills, but 41 lines also provided passenger service.

A Sugar Railway train operating in a field
A Sugar Railway DIEMA diesel locomotive on the Magongcuo Line
Main region(s)Taiwan
Parent companyTaiwan Sugar Corporation
Dates of operation1907 (1907)–present
Track gauge762 mm (2 ft 6 in)
Taiwan Sugar Railways
Traditional Chinese臺灣糖業鐵路
Simplified Chinese台湾糖业铁路

After the Second World War the network raeched its peak, : 3000 kilometer, of which 675 for passengers.

From 1950 approximately 275 kilometer were added: "The North-South Parallel Preparatory Line". This connected all sugar factories. However, this was quickly shortened after a natural disaster, and increasingly after each disaster. The last part closed in 1998. The only line still used to carry sugarcane today is the Magongcuo Line in Huwei, Yunlin, though five other lines are partly preserved as heritage railways.

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