Takao Railway Museum (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

An electric train station sign on display at the Takao Railway Museum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The Takao Railway Museum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is a museum devoted to the railroading history of both Taiwan and mainland China prior to 1949.

Built by the Japanese colonial authorities sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century, this museum was originally the Kaohsiung Harbor Train Station. It was Kaohsiung’s first train station and remained in operation until 2008.

The station, now reborn as the Takao Railway Museum, is home to a number of locomotives dating back to the late 1800s as well as relics saved from train and metro stations across Taiwan.

The museum is also home to a number of salvaged electric signs (see above), as well as signboards that once pointed the way around the Taipei MRT a decade or two ago.

Definitely worth a look if you are a train lover or a sign aficionado!

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(Image copyright: billy1125. Used via Flickr and Wikimedia Commons per CC Attribution 2.0 Generic license.) 

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