Tamsui Line (Taipei Metro)

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Tamsui Line
Taipei Metro Logo(Logo Only).svg
Jiantan Station Platform 20090822.jpg
Jiantan Station
Other name Danshui Line
Type Rapid transit
Locale Taipei and New Taipei, Taiwan
Termini Tamsui
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Stations 21
Opening March 28, 1997
Operator(s) Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation
Character Elevated, at-grade, underground
Depot(s) Beitou Depot
Rolling stock Kawasaki C301, C371
3 cars per set, 2 sets per train
Line length 23.2 km (14.4 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Third rail (750 volts DC)
Operating speed 80 km/h
Route map
Guandu Tunnel
Beitou Depot
 Xinbeitou Branch Line to Xinbeitou 
 Circular Line to Shuangsi Park 
 Circular Line to Shilin District Office 
Keelung River
 Xinzhuang Line to Zhongshan Elementary School 
Minquan West Road
 Xinzhuang Line to Daqiaotou 
 Songshan Line to Songjiang Nanjing 
 Songshan Line to Beimen 
 Taoyuan Airport MRT to Sanchong 
 Nangang Line to Shandao Temple 
Taipei Main Station
Transfer to THSR, TRA Western Line
 Nangang Line to Ximen 
NTU Hospital
 Xiaonanmen Line to Xiaonanmen 
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Through service to Xindian Line
 Xindian Line to Guting 
 Xinyi Line to Dongmen 
Tamsui Line (Taipei Metro)
Traditional Chinese 淡水線
Simplified Chinese 淡水线

The Taipei Metro Tamsui Line (formerly the Danshui Line) is a high-capacity underground, at-grade, and elevated line. The right-of-way was originally occupied by the conventional rail Tamsui TRA Line of the Taiwan Railway Administration, which closed in 1988. The 23.2 km route includes 21 stations and the Beitou maintenance depot.[1] Most of the stations along the Tamsui line are built in a traditional Chinese architectural style. Passengers from Tamsui require only 31 minutes to reach Taipei Main Station, where transfers to both the Nangang Line and the Banqiao Line can be made.

The line opened for revenue service on December 25, 1997. On a southbound journey, trains leave from Tamsui and follow the right-of-way of the old Tamsui-Taipei railroad on an at-grade or elevated level through Beitou, Shilin and Yuanshan, after which the line runs underground through to Taipei Main Station. The route then runs through to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and becomes the Xindian Line or "green line," continuing service to Xindian Station, the southernmost station in the MRT system.


Rolling stock[edit]

Over the years, the Tamsui Line used different types of rolling stock. From the start, the line used C301 cars. In 1997, the C321 cars were introduced. In 2007, the newest cars, the C371 cars were used, replacing most of the C301 and all C321 cars.


Code Station Name Transfer Location
English Chinese
R33 Tamsui 淡水 Tamsui New Taipei
R32 Hongshulin 紅樹林
R31 Zhuwei 竹圍
R30 Guandu 關渡 Beitou Taipei
R29 Zhongyi 忠義
R28 Fuxinggang 復興崗
R26 Beitou 北投 Xinbeitou Branch Line
R25 Qiyan 奇岩
R24 Qilian 唭哩岸
R23 Shipai
(Veterans General Hospital)
R22 Mingde 明德
R21 Zhishan 芝山 Shilin
R20 Shilin 士林 Circular Line (TBD)
R18A Jiantan 劍潭
R17 Yuanshan 圓山 Datong
R16 Minquan West Road 民權西路 Zhonghe-Xinlu Line
R15 Shuanglian 雙連
R14 Zhongshan 中山 Songshan Line (2015)
R13 Taipei Main Station 台北車站 Bannan-Tucheng Line
Taoyuan Airport MRT (2015)
TRA Western Line
Taiwan High Speed Rail
R12 National Taiwan University Hospital 台大醫院
R11 Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂 Xiaonanmen Line
→ Continues through Xindian Line or Xinyi Line

Future Expansion[edit]

With the planned completion of the Xinyi Line which opened on November 24, 2013, the Tamsui Line will connect directly through and terminate at Elephant Mountain.[2]


  1. ^ "First Stage of Taipei MRT (already under Revenue Service)". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-08-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Second Stage of Taipei MRT (Approved MRT Lines)". Department of Rapid Transit Systems, TCG. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-08-20. [dead link]