One day while riding around the west side of Yuánlín 員林 I came across an old railway line that had been converted into a shabby, disused park of some sort, looking oddly inspired by Fushimi Inari Taisha. Later on I did a bit of internet sleuthing and found out that the park follows the path of the old sugar railway that leads south and then west to a sugar factory in nearby Xīhú 溪湖, something that I was not previously aware of. Now I’ll have to go check that out as well!
While drafting up this post I chanced upon Taiwan Railways, a train enthusiast site in English with some great maps of the old sugar rail system. A Taiwanese friend also looked up a little history of the region in Chinese for me; check out this post if you’d like to read more about the history of Yuánlín 員林.
Update: be sure to check out my post about South Yuanlin Station!