Sunday, July 3, 2016

Changhua Roundhouse, Xihu Sugar Plantation

Today we went to the Changhua Fan-Shaped Roundhouse in the morning. This is R153, an EMD G22CU locomotive in one of the outdoor sidings.
Next to it was R40, an EMD G12 in the old blue paint scheme.
This is a shot of R40. Or at least part of it, anyway.
R22 was coupled up to R153. Because of the length, the locomotives stuck out onto the walkways.
This is R34 and CK124. R34 is a G12 and CK124 is one of three resident steam locomotives. It has a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement, and while it was originally a tank engine it runs with a small tender.

This is DT668, the largest steam locomotive there. It has a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement and was built as a tender locomotive.
This is R156, an EMD G22CU in a stall.
R38 and R46 are both EMD G12s, except one of them is showing us the short hood.
The deadline of G12s is still there.
S318 seems to have a new coat of paint, although it has been in the same place for the past two years.
This is R24, one of the G12s.
And this is my "Dramatic-Shot-of-the-Day!!"
I'm pretty sure that DH111 has been there since February.
Since we visited on a Sunday, there were many, many people around.
From the railfan platform, you can watch the TRA mainline. Since there isn't really a special Sunday timetable for TRA, trains still came once every 10 minutes.
These idiots nearly made it halfway around the turntable before they were caught. Last time, in February, some kid just ran all the way across the turntable, even with the old security guy blowing his whistle at the top of his lungs. [CENSORED] idiots.
After our stint in Changhua, we headed over to Xihu to meet up with some relatives and also to ride on the Xihu Tangtie. This is the diesel locomotive that pulled our train.
Since this was a former sugar plantation, they made a museum of the old millhouse. These are the absolutely gigantic gears that used to run the machinery.
These are some pictures of the inside.

Naturally this place had a very tall smokestack.
Since we arrived far too early, we took the opportunity to visit the railway cultural park. This is one of the many diesel switchers that resided in that park.
These are some old sugar cane cars that were laid to rest here.
This is a gasoline railcar that was also placed there.
Did you know, Taiwan Sugar Corp used to own so many rail lines, they made it possible to travel from Taichung to Kaohsiung by gasoline railcar! Now the only remnant of their empire is the Huwei Tangtie, which we visited in February.
This is another one of those gasoline railcars. Dunno why there is frosted glass there.
Naturally bringing up the rear of the "train" was the guard's van.
This is another diesel switcher.
In the foreground, we have the railway's crown jewel, an 0-6-0 steam locomotive built in Belgium. In the background, we have a switcher with some covered cars, which are probably used in inclement weather.
From the train, we saw many things. For example, I'm pretty sure that this...gazebo...was created by mashing two railcars together.

This train had twenty cars, and we were situated in the last car. So, naturally, I took the picture on the curve.
At the last station there is some street running, where I was able to photograph the wheels. The gauge looks like 2ft, but it could be 2ft 6in. 
Our locomotive was coupled back up and we were on our way back.
Yes. This is a goose. No, I don't know what it was doing there.
The shed inside was open to the public. As you can see, the management placed 346 on the siding that led into the shed.
Inside the shed, they kept their steam locomotives and their other diesels. This is #604, a 0-6-0.
This is #326, also of a 0-6-0 design.
This is 384, also a 0-6-0.
This is the "Happy Cow" diesel locomotive.
Next post will be about the Miaoli RR Museum.

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