I was based in Central Taiwan at Tai Chung for 18 months and road the Taiwan Railway quite a bit. The backward technology I saw along the right of way's was unbelievable.
It was almost 100% steam in those days... that part was fun!
The Yanmar one cylinder diesel engines on the lokies make a pong-pong-pong-pong sound when running. I rode the Wu-lai line after it was converted from pushcar to three or four car trainsets with the first car being motorized. I think this line was like 21 inch gauge or something. I don't remember and my reference material is packed up right now.
____________________ Phil Randall
Trinity Valley Traction Co.
A side video from the OP video was of an Albanian coal mine operation. Although not as efficient as the Formosans, it also is a wing and a prayer type of operation. I especially liked the hand held "cantenary'.
Herb Kephart wrote: The coal coming out of the mine looks like it has already gone through a crusher.
Even seems too fine for one of those continuous mining machines, which would be doubtful because of all the cheap labor around. So they are either crushing it in the mine, before it gets loaded into the cars, or they are dropping the face with dynamite (shatters) rather than blasting powder (heaves large chunks). Either way- extra dusty down there!
Maybe digging out by hand with pickaxe. Thus the small crushed look. Since all other operations (switching, dumping carts, ect) are done manually. Maybe?