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阿里山森林鐵路竹崎至奮起湖段復駛通車 Re-operation of Alishan Forest Railway from Fenqihu to Zhuqi
竹崎- 奮起湖復駛典禮。

阿里山森林鐵路本線竹崎至奮起湖段經歷近四年半的風災復建、人員招募培訓、營運準備及安全檢查後,於103年1月27日在竹崎站辦理復駛通車典禮,正式恢復營運。
阿里山森林鐵路98年8月遭受莫拉克颱風重創,部分路段受損中斷,災後復建工程投入超過10億元;又因阿里山森林鐵路99年5月移回林務局經營後,營運人力不足。經林務局委託臺鐵局協助營運及招募新人展開長期訓練,並由交通部鐵路營運監理小組會同學者專家於102年間辦理多次現地查察,詳細檢查土建、車輛、營運與旅客服務、安全與災防應變等復駛準備情形後,竹崎至奮起湖段終得以復駛營運。
阿里山森林鐵路本線復駛後,適逢春節連續假期,幾乎班班滿座,不但深受民眾歡迎,並有助於促進當地觀光產業發展。目前阿里山森林鐵路嘉義至奮起湖間每日上行(往奮起湖)、下行(往嘉義)各1列次,週六加開上行1列次,週日加開下行1列次,未來將隨駕駛人力增補,視營運需求增開班次,以提供更多民眾能體驗這條已逾百年歷史的珍貴文化資產。

After 4 and a half years of continuous typhoon reconstruction work, crew recruitment and training, operational preparations and safety checks, the section between Fenqihu and Zhuqi of Alishan Forest Railway started to re-operate on January 27th, 2014.
In August 2009, Alishan Railway was greatly destructed by Typhoon Morakot in which many rail tracks were seriously damaged and broken off, and the government spent over 1 billion NT dollars in reconstruction work . Besides , Alishan Railway went through authority change to the Forestry Bureau in May 2010 which caused insufficiency in operation workforce. Subsequently, the Forestry Bureau commissioned Taiwan Railways Administration to assist with operation issues and training of newly recruited crew members. Then, throughout 2013, the Rail Operation and Supervision Team from MOTC gathered experts to conduct numerous on-site inspections, which covered civil engineering, rolling stock, operational and passenger service, safety, emergency response, etc. After all preliminary work, the section between Fenqihu and Zhuqi was finally ready for re-operation.
Ever since the reopening of Alishan Railway, trains were all packed during Chinese New Year Holidays. From this phenomenon we can see that re-operation of the Forest Railway is not only appreciated by the public, but is also a great motivation toward local tourism development. The current operation schedule for route Chiayi to Fenqihu is one uphill train and one downhill train per day with an additional uphill train on Saturdays and one dowhill westbound train on Sundays. In the near future, with additional headcounts of train drivers, train frequency may be increased according to passenger demand. This will provide more people with the opportunity to experience the history of this hundred-year-old railway.

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