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All photos on this page taken September 2005 except the first two taken in 2002

Railway crossing signal - Alishan forestry railway, Chiayi. This signal was photographed in 2002. It was not working and has since been replaced.
The same crossing in Chiayi. Although most crossings use boom barriers (some from Bamboo), there are a number of these lifting barriers around Taiwan, including on the main TRA lines. The wire barriers are raised and lowered on the masts either side of the road. 2002.
Intersection in Chiayi with LED traffic signals and countdown displays. Note both red and green countdown displays visible in this photo. Sept 2005. The LED traffic signal has replaced around 75% of the islands signals since my previous visit in 2003.
Closer view of the same signal as seen on the right of the above photo.
An increasingly rare site in much of Taiwan. An incandescent traffic light. Chiayi.
This intersection has had traffic light installed for several years. But it still has its Give Way / Yield sign in place. Chiayi.
No trucks and no motorcycles signs. Chiayi.
One of the many traffic signal mysteries of Taiwan. A set of traffic lights in a car-park. There is no intersection at this location. Despite the lack of pedestrian signals, it appears to be intended for pedestrians crossing to a sports stadium opposite. Chiayi.
And here's another. Again, it's supposed to be a pedestrian crossing (actually has pedestrian signals this time). But why the traffic signals facing directions that no traffic (including trains - it's a disused line) can come from?  it should be noted that there is no footpath on the side close to me. The chain fence is on the edge of the road. Taitung.
Here's an illustration of the very standardised fittings for traffic signals in Taiwan. They are generally all the same, regardless of location.  Chiayi.
Colourful sign with service blue, directional green and tourist brown panels. Chiayi.
Close-up of a typical Taiwanese LED signal. I found it common that some of the individual LEDs were not working as illustrated in the red signal.
Note the long tunnel visors on these signals. This was the only time I saw any attempt to sheild conflicting signals from those not meant to see them at intersections where roads intersect at similar angles. Taitung.
This had been a normal road in 2003. But by 2005, it had become a motorcycle / bicycle only road. The blue arrow indicates ONE WAY. An instruction which generally seems to require travelling in the opposite direction to the arrow in Taiwan. In any case, this was a dual-carriageway bike road. Chiayi.
  All-way arrows. In Taiwan, this sometimes means you can turn any direction without conflicting traffic impeding your progress. But usually traffic in the opposite direction is facing the same display. Tainan.

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