The Railway Museum in Saitama, Japan, is to advise on the development of the Taipei Railway Museum.
The Taipei Times reported in June 2016 that the Ministry of Culture (MOC) had reached an agreement with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), to turn the Taipei Railway Workshop into a national railway museum.
The Taipei Railway Workshop was constructed in 1935 during the period of Japanese rule. It is anticipated that both countries will benefit by working together on the railway museum project. The museum in Saitama has documents related to Taiwan’s pre-World War II history that will be relevant. Meanwhile the museum in Taiwan will have Japanese made machinery and materials that can no longer be found in Japan.
The Taipei Railway Museum, which will feature railway cars as the main exhibits, will also include a facility for collecting related documents of historical interest. In addition there are plans to include experience zones, shops and restaurants.
The total project cost is 6.5 billion Taiwan dollars (US$200 million).