Many old railway stations have been renovated in recent years to meet passengers’ demands. Although the facade of some old railway stations might seem outdated, their unique beauty is still appealing. If you are planning a trip this weekend, you can go on a railway journey to visit four traditional railway stations sitting across western Taiwan.
談文車站 | Tanwen Railway Station
Located in Miaoli County, Zaoqiao Township, Tanwen is one of the stations on the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) west coastline. Along with other wooden stations, such as Dashan, Xinpu, Rinan and Zhuifen, they are known as the “Five Treasures.”
The station between Dashan and Zhunan, which was opened to the public in 1922 under Japanese rule, has been identified as a historical building by Miaoli County.
With less than 50 passengers entering and exiting the station per day, the small station offers a fantastic view on nearby green fields . After you pass through the footbridge with colorful paintings on the wall, you will arrive at the platform where photographers can capture impressive shots of a moving train.
龍港車站 | Longgang railway station
Sitting in Houlong, Miaoli, Longgang railway station is one of the stations with the least traffic on the western line. Due to the surrounding area situated at the Houlong river mouth, the village used to be prosperous and bustling. Nowadays, Longgang station is an unmanned station. Passengers are required to use easy cards to buy tickets.
In addition to the old-fashioned station, Houlong Cape of Good Hope, a 9-minute drive from Longgang station, has spectacular views of sea and rows of windmills. If you are lucky, you can capture the astonishing scene of a train running along the coastline.
新埔車站 | Xinpu railway station
來到苗栗通霄，別忘了拜訪西部幹線距離海岸線最近的車站 – 新埔車站。身為五寶之一的新埔車站，啟用於1922年，被列為縣定歷史建築。外觀帶有濃濃日式風情木造建築，近看車站內的長木條椅、牆壁都已斑駁不堪，歷史的痕跡更添其風味。
When you travel to Tongxiao, Miaoli, don’t forget to visit the most beautiful train station by the sea — Xinpu railway station. As one of the “Five Treasures,” Xinpu opened to the public in 1922 and was designated as a historical building by the county government. The old station features Japanese-style wooden architecture. Inside the station, the mottled walls and benches reflect the history of the station.
What’s more? You can have a sea view from the station. Walking from the station, you can enjoy the gorgeous sea view within minutes.
石榴車站 | Shiliu Railway Station
Shiliu station, located in Douliu, Yunlin, has a history of over 100 years. The hundred-year-old station built in 1905 and the nearby dormitory was listed as the historic architect by the government. After the renovation, Shiliu became an unmanned station with no staff but the platform only.
You can not only understand the history of the old station but also enjoy the view of the vast soothing wide fields.