2017 / November
Cathy Teng /photos courtesy of Jimmy Lin
Following the traffic circle around Taipei’s historic North Gate, one catches sight of the old Taiwan Railways Administration building to the roundabout’s northwest. With brick and half-timbered walls and protruding towers to the right and left of the entrance, the two-story building with a dormered third floor is an example of Tudor-revival Japanese colonial architecture. It’s a beautiful building that features prominently in the memories of many long-time Taipei residents.
Meanwhile the Taipei Railway Workshop, located in eastern Taipei across from the Living Mall, was built as the TRA’s center of train repair when the area was still on the outskirts of the city. This industrial complex became a second home of sorts to the workers who inspected, maintained and repaired train cars and locomotives there.