Since the early days of rail travel in Taiwan, the southern port city of Kaohsiung, formerly called Takao, has been an important spot. Early during the Japanese colonial era, just after the turn of the 20th century, the railroad connected the city and its port to points along Taiwan’s western plains all the way up to Keelung on the island’s north coast. Today, the site of the city’s first train station is home to the Takao Railway Museum, a tribute to Taiwanese rail history that continued to serve as a functioning station right up until the final train pulled away in 2008. Here, Theamong a collection of railroad memorabilia and examples of old trains, you’ll hear the story of a station whose career followed that of the city Kaohsiung as it rose to prominence. Here to tell us more about the museum and its collection is the museum’s He Cheng-lin.