Views from a railroad train traversing mountainous area of Formosa during time of Japanese Colonial Adminstration
Taiwan Date:1940 Duration:1 min 50 sec Sound:Yes
View out window of a railroad train moving through countryside in Taiwan, during time of Japanese colonial rule. Two adults and a group of children stand on enbankment and wave as the train passes just before it enters a tunnel. View toward rear of train, as it rounds a bend over a wooden trestle, shows that the steam locomotive is pushing the train, backwards, rather than pulling it. . Local scenery is mountainous and covered in trees and other foliage. Slender vertical signposts are seen at the side of the railway and a large sign identifies a station where the train does not stop, but passes through slowly. More bucolic scenery until the train approaches a large group of people with luggage and belongings, waiting beside the track, as if planning to board. A sign identifies the location as Fun kiko. The train is stopped, and passengers have boarded. One woman is placing baggage in a lower compartment accessible by door in exterior of train. Underway, again, view from end car of train (front, since it is moving backwards) as switchman actuates control and train moves onto a parallel track, while an stopped oncoming locomotive waits for it to clear. The train returns to the main line again, having circled the stopped locomotive. Cargo of heavy timbers and similar things being moved on another train.
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