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The Taipei Railway Workshop (Chinese: 臺北機廠) was the largest workshop of Taiwan Railways Administration. For decades it manufactured and maintained thousands of railway vehicles. The Workshop was established in 1935 replacing the original workshop, which had become became inadequate. It was the largest railway workshop ever built in Taiwan. The Governor-General of Taiwan recognized its establishment as celebrating the Empire of Japan ruling Taiwan for 40 years.

The 16.82-hectare site on Civic Boulevard was the largest and oldest of its kind on the island. It closed in 2012. It was constructed in 1930 and features distinctive structures such as a 168-meter-long train assembly shed.[1] The operation was transferred to TRA Fugang Vehicle Depot (Chinese: 臺鐵富岡基地).[2] The workshop was recognized as an "official national historic site" in 2015. The government of Taiwan says it is planning to transform the facility into a railway museum.[1]

In popular culture

The Taipei Railway Workshop was featured in the 2013 Jay Chou film The Rooftop and in the 2014 Luc Besson film Lucy.

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Transportation

The Taipei Railway Workshop is accessible within walking distance northeast from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station of the Taipei Metro.

References

  1. ^ a b "Taipei Railway Workshop added to heritage list". Taiwan Today. March 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "關於北廠-反對臺北機廠成為北美二館" [About North Plant - against Taipei factory become the second museum in North America]. December 15, 2013. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. 

Coordinates: 25°02′46″N 121°33′48″E / 25.0461°N 121.5634°E / 25.0461; 121.5634