TAIPEI–Railway companies in Taiwan and Japan will set up a sisterhood relationship for two steam locomotives on March 12 and sell limited edition commemorative products the same day at selected stations. The Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) steam locomotive CK124 will open sisterhood ties with Japan Rail’s Hokkaido C11 steam locomotive, marking the first time Taiwan has joined with another country’s railway to link two trains together, according to the TRA. The agreement is likely to draw more tourists to Taiwan, the TRA said, and events will be held every year to boost tourism in both countries. To celebrate the new sisterhood ties, the TRA said it will introduce commemorative products featuring the logos of both countries’ railways in the design.
A total of 300 T-shirts, 600 hats and 900 key chains will be on sale starting from 10 a.m. on March 12 at TRA shops at the Taipei Railway Station and Neiwan Station in Hsinchu County, and on the CK124 steam locomotive train between Hsinchu and Neiwan leaving Hsinchu at 10:09 a.m.