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The Old Takao Signal Cabin

Location: Takao Signal Cabin (高雄臨港線鐵路北號誌樓), Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I was quite surprised to find the old signal cabin in the condition it was in. The upstairs was sealed off, but on the ground floor one room was open and a mess inside.

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I walked over from the 天空平台 ‘Sky Platform’ (the remains of the 公園路橋 Gongyuan Rd bridge) to take a look at the building. I looked in through the damaged screen door and saw some old papers on the floor.

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It was the remains of a Railway Management Bulletin from 20th July, 1981 (民國70年), 16 days before I was born.

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I realised the door was open so had a look inside.

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There were two bunk beds on either side of the room.

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A clothes rack was in the the middle of the room with a single jacket hanging from it.

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It looked like someone may have been squatting there at some point, and maybe they still were. Some of the bunk beds had rolled up covers on them.

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On a desk next to the door there were some documents and what looked like some ID cards. I didn’t touch anything, though.

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The windows had all been boarded up, and smashed glass was on the floor. I hope that the building is in the process of being preserved and will, at some point in the future, be part of the Takao Railway Museum. It certainly looks that way given the pathways leading to the building, and the tourist signs (see below).

The urban explorer in me was happy to find somewhere to explore, but the Kaohsiunger in me was sad to see that the building is currently not being properly preserved.

Here are the signs explaining about the building, and railway signals. Something I found very interesting is how Zhuyin is used to represent other station names. I wonder why? I would love to know if when pronouncing the station names the Zhuyin was used, for instance ㄍ ㄍ “ge ge” for Port of Kaohsiung, or whether the full name was used.

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About the author dave

I’m a web developer and photographer from the UK living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I shoot with a Canon 650D and a Ricoh GR.

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