Steam train, Taiwan, 1955
While searching for some photos of old trains for a presentation I found the Taiwan Image Audio-Visual Archive. The website was made by Taiwan's Government Information Office.
All the images on the site are available for licencing and are free for non-commercial use. I have taken a few photos directly from the site for this blog post and they have a watermark on them. There is also a film archive on the website. Some of the links there were broken though.
Narrow gauge train for transporting sugar, Taiwan, 1959
It seems most of the old photos are from the 1950s and 1960s. It is a pity there aren't more photos from the Japanese era. However, you can still observe from the photos that Taiwan has changed enormously in the last 50 years.
In my search for old photos of trains I did find some more sites. Citycat's Railway Website has many photos of all kinds of trains. There are a few photos from the Japanese era and also many photos of historical sites in more recent times. Taiwan Railways in English contains photos and short videos of trains from all over Taiwan. There is also a Taiwan Railway group at flickr.